How to Braid Hair for Crochet

crochet braid hairstyles

What are Crochet Braids?

Crochet braids, also known as latch hook braids, are techniques for braiding hair that involve crocheting synthetic hair extensions to a person’s natural hair with a latch hook or crochet hook. While crochet braids are a hybrid of traditional braids, they’re considered to be more similar to weaves.
How a woman decides to wear her crochet braid hairstyle is all a matter of preference depending on how dense/thick you want the overall style to be.

How long can you keep crochet braids in your hair?

Generally, crochet braid hairstyles last between 4 to 8 weeks or longer depending on the overall intricacies of braid pattern, how quality was the hair that’s been installed, and what is the maintenance routine. Remember, crochet braids are a long term protective hairstyle, so sometimes it can be very easy to forget that your natural hair needs to be cared for as well. What are the Various Crochet Braid Hairstyles?

Like any other hairstyle, crochet braid hairstyles are as numerous and can be as inventive as you can imagine. Here are some inventive and fun crochet braid hairstyles:

Are Crochet Braids Damaging to Hair?

If you have crochet braids that are braided throughout your hair, there are smaller strands that allow you to cornrow the hair underneath. There is an additional weight of an added 10 to 15 pieces of hair extensions on your alone hair. That additional weight  can be overwhelming to your scalp.

Crochet braids are perfect hairstyle for the do it yourself cosmetologist. As long as you know how to cornrow your hair, you can do crochet braids.  Take note that your cornrows do not need to be perfect as they will be covered by the crocheted braids.

Step One: Wash your hair before you start the process. Take the time to moisturize your hair
Step Two: Make two chain stitches for a start, followed by single crochet passed into the second chain.
Step Three: Take a look at the stitch you made in step one; there are three hooks on the back side. The top of the stitch is created with two smaller hooks. And, the larger, third hook lies perpendicular to the smaller two loops.
Step Four: Work on the larger loop and create additional single crochet. Again, take a look at the stitch you just made – there are now four loops, and three out of the four didn’t change, they are the same as previous and the fourth hook snuggles next to the loop that is large.

Pass the hook through that large loop as well as the new loop that follows, then make additional single crochet.

Step Five: Keep up the process above until you get your desired length of braid.

Step Six: Finish your crochet braid with a slip stitch as well as a weave – implemented in the braid’s loose ends.

Remember One Thing About Crochet Braids.

Crochet braids are a beautiful and innovative way for black women to wear their hair. Like with any hairstyle, it’s important to remember that while the crochet braids may be beautiful, it’s IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NATURAL HAIR. Be sure to moisturize daily with hydration spray and oil. A good hair moisturizer for hair that’s been crochet braided is the Naturally Smitten Curl Delight Mist. Other popular options include the Girl and Hair Complete Hair Kit, specifically made for protective styles.