Welcome to the wonderful world of crochet hair!This method of adding hair extensions has resurrected from the 90’s for good reason. It is easy, DIY-friendly, and is a great protective style for your natural hair.

Here’s what you’ll need:

These items are relatively inexpensive and can be found online or at your local beauty supply store. For the crochet braiding hair, ensure you do some research on the quality of the brands before you make your purchase. Also, decide on which style you’ll like – some crochet hair comes pre-braided, while others are loose. Now let’s go through the steps on how to crochet hair:

  1. Cleanse and moisturize your natural hair

Before you add hair extensions, your natural hair should be freshly washed and moisturized. This promotes hair growth and prevents breakage.

  1. Cornrow your hair

The cornrow pattern you choose will affect how the crochet hair falls. The size and amount of cornrows also dictate your final look. There are several cornrow options, but these are the most common:

  • The all back pattern

As the name suggests, this where you cornrow your hair from your hairline to the back of your head. What you can do, is cornrow an even number of braids at the front, then merge them into half that amount at the back. For example, you can have 10 braids at the front, and then merge that into 5 at the back. After you’ve cornrowed all your hair,cornrow the ends of your plaits horizontally across the back of your head, then neatly tuck the end of that final cornrow into itself.

  • The beehive pattern

This is where you cornrow your hair in a continuous spiral pattern, starting from the hairline at side or back of your head, and ending at the top of your head. This pattern is best for crochet styles with bangs.

  1. Crochet the hair into the cornrow using the crochet needle

This is the most important part, so pay attention!

  • Open the hair packet and section off the size of hair you want to install. If your crochet hair is pre-braided, then take out a braid.
  • Find the midpoint of the hair and loop that point over your index finger to create a hairpin bend.Check to ensure that the hair on either side of the bend are the same length.If the hair is pre-braided, a similar loop should already be at the top of the braid.
  • Take your crochet needle, close the latch, and pass the needle under your cornrow.
  • Once your crochet needle is all the way through the cornrow, unlatch the lever and hook the looped end of the hair into the needle’s hook. Close the latch, then pull the crochet needle backwards underneath the cornrow until the hooked hair is extended about three to five inches. Unlatch the lever and remove the hook from the hair.
  • By this stage, the crochet hair should be under the cornrow, with the looped end of the hair on one side, and the rest of the hair on the other side. Now, place two fingers through the loop, grab the hair on the other side of the cornrow, and pull it through the loop so that the crochet hair sits tightly on the cornrow.If you want, you can wrap the loop around the hair several times to create a firmer knot.
  • If the hair is pre-braided, leave it as it is, or unravel them if you’re going for a twist out. If the hair is loose and you want a braided style, it’s easier to braid each lock of hair right after you’ve crocheted it.
  • Repeat this process until your cornrows are neatlyhidden under the crochet hair.

The same concept applies for crocheted faux locks, except that you single-plait the hair instead of doing cornrows. You also have to use the latch and hook method to hide the plaits in the faux lock coils.

Well, there you have it:your three-step guide on how to crochet hair. This crochet hair process may take a little getting used to, but with practice, you will master this craft in no time.