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Over the past 3 or so years, many different types of hairstyles have emerged, among them being the modern crochet braids. Crochet braids have actually been rising in popularity, especially among the African American community. They are basically done using braiding hair, which makes them one of the most cost-effective hairstyles in the market today. However, it mostly depends on the type of braiding hair you go for. Today, braiding hair is available in a wide variety of textures, colors, size, and quality. There are also many different styling options for crochet braids, including straight, curly, and kinky, just to name a few.

In addition to being quite affordable, crochet braids are also quite versatile and can be used on any type of hair, according to renowned hair expert Monica Leftwich. According to Sabrina Perkins, crochet braids are also more advantageous in that they are safer than most other types of added hair. We can’t possible cover or the crochet braid hairstyles available in the scope of this article, but perhaps we can shed some light and give you several ideas on how to look amazing in your crochet braid hairstyle.

What Are Crochet Braids?

Having been around since the 90’s it is easy to assume that everybody knows what crochet braids are. However, for those of you who’re unfamiliar with the term, crochet braids are more of the styling technique than the hair itself. In other words, it is a hairstyle in which braiding hair or extensions are installed onto natural hair using a tool called a crochet. It starts by cornrowing the natural hair and then fixing the extensions using the handy tool. Well, now that you have a basic idea of what crochet braiding is, what are some of the ways you can crochet braiding hair for a fabulous look? Below are 6 ways how to crochet braid hair that you might want to try out the next time you feel like changing your hairstyle.

  1. The Crochet Twists

This is one of the most popular ways to rock crochet braids. It has been seen on a couple of music and Hollywood celebrities such as the likes of Beyonce. This style gives you a look with more structure and a sleek appearance. The other good thing about it is you can play around with colors. You can rock in purple braid twists, blonde, black, brown, and so on.

To rock this style, you need to first of all twist the braids, and then install them on your corn-rolled hair using the crochet. You can also pick the top half of your twisted braids and fold them easily into a clean bun for a more charming appearance, and then use bobby pins to secure your burn into position.

  1. Afro Crochet Style

This one works best for those of you with long hair. The other interesting thing is that it suits all face shapes as well. To do the big afro crochet braid style, braid the hair starting at the forehead and work backward before you sew the hair ends onto the head. Once you’re done braiding, use the crochet to install the curly weave and give it a finishing touch using some finishing serum. This will leave it smooth and soft.


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  1. Short & Curly Crochet Braids

At times, it’s quite normal to feel some kind of pressure on your natural hair when wearing a full head of braids or weave. This short and curly look can save the day and transform your hair into something new, less pressuring. It simply gives you scalp and natural hair a break to breathe and feel more comfortable. It also looks quite glamorous don’t you think? You can get this look by simply curling your braiding hair extensions into fine curls using a curling rod and then crochet it on your hair using the normal crochet braid installation procedure. If your braiding hair is too long, you can simply cut and reduce it to shoulder length.


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  1. Layered Curly Crochet Braids

This one works well for both short and long hair. The next time you visit your stylist for a new look, consider going for this style, in which they will have to create layers in your crochet braids. In addition to looking superb and elegant, it gives you some more edge and adds some bit of volume on your hair. That’s the good thing about crochet braiding; you can recreate just about any style, including some of your own creativity.


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  1. The Blonde Look

For those of you whose natural hair is black, perhaps red, you can also go blonde with crochet braids. It gives you an edgy look without putting much effort or using hair products that can end up damaging your hair/scalp.


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  1. Side Cornrows and Crochet Braids

This is another great style that mimics the popular ‘side-shave’, which according to Christina Cauterucci, had been a trend for more than 2 decades. For those of you not confident to cut or shave your natural hair, you can simply braid the side of your head into cornrows and ask your stylist to install crochet braids over the rest of your head. The installation procedure wouldn’t be any different from the usual crochet braiding one, only that one of the sides would be left without braiding extensions.

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Crochet Braiding Tips

The good thing about crochet braiding is that it is an easy affair that doesn’t require much experience to hack. You can even install crochet braids on your own DIY. However, do not forget to check out our article on DIY how to crochet braid hair tutorial for beginners and more crochet braiding tips online.

Also, it is important to keep the following tips in mind.

  • The type of braid hair you choose matters, and so does your braid pattern
  • You can also use pre-curled hair to save the time and the energy
  • Before installing braid hair, remember to detangle the hair (You can do this with a nylon brush)
  • There are many different ways to crochet braid hair, so don’t fidget on experimenting
  • Space out your sections
  • Always make sure you have the right roller type
  • Have an eye for celebrity-inspired hairstyles for ideas