Everything to Know About Crochet Braids
Crochet braids have been there since ages. However, this versatile style is making a comeback in the hair world with almost everyone, including your favourite celebrities like Solange Knowles, Yemi Alade, Keke Palmer and Rihanna, rocking these braids. Crochet braids are considered as protective styles that enable your hair to grow well without any interference.
There are numerous benefits of wearing crotchet braids such as versatility, ease of installation and also the braids are gentler on your mane as compared to other forms of hairstyles. Below we look at everything know about crochet braids before you next head out to the hair salon to have your mane done.
What are Crochet Braids
Crochet braids are hair extensions which are crocheted to cornrows using a crochet hook or needle. This style is popular among many women and especially those who love wearing a natural hair look.
Once the crochet braids are installed, they will look like your natural hair, and the good thing is that you won’t spend the whole day at the salon. You will only need a maximum of three to four hours, and you are done. When looking for braids, it’s essential to look for the ones which closely resemble your real hair so that it won’t look fake once attached to your hair.
How to do Crochet Braids
The first step in doing crochet braids is first to wash and dry your hair. If you have dry hair apply hair oil to avoid dandruff. The second step after washing and drying your locks is to do simple cornrows that run from the front to the back.
The third step is to take a crochet hook and hook in the hair extension to the cornrows. Also, when attaching the braids ensure that you go easy on your hair to avoid damaging it. Continue adding in the hair extensions until you are done with the entire section and style the hair as you desire.
How to Take Care of Your Crochet Braids
- Oiling your scalp
Just like with most protective styles, you need to regularly oil your scalp when wearing crochet braids. It would be best if you oiled your scalp to encourage hair growth, make your hair softer and give it room to thrive beneath the braids.
You can make a mixture of oils which you will be applying on your scalp. The oils will help in scalp health and hair growth. Also, try to avoid getting the oil to the crochet braids as it might weigh it down.
- Don’t ignore your edges
Many of us tend to ignore our edges, forgetting that they too need some TLC. Every now and then apply the gel on those edges to keep them looking all sleek and snatched. You can make it a habit to set your edges every morning and tie them with a satin scarf for about 10 minutes.
- Tie a satin scarf when going to sleep
It’s super important to sleep with a satin scarf on when you have crochet braids. Failure to do this your braids won’t even last a week before they look worn out. The satin scarf will help the braids to stay put and avoid frizz from happening earlier than it should. It will also prevent your braids from drying out.
- Trim the ends
Once you install crochet braids, you will realize that the braids get frizz after some time. When you notice this, you must start trimming the ends as needed every morning before styling the hair. You can trim your edges every 3-4 days to keep your hair looking nice and fresh.
Different crochet braid styles
- Crochet box braids
There are numerous crochet braid styles, and box braids are one of them. The style is super easy to install. You first need to braid your hair into cornrows and then hook the hair extensions to the cornrows. You can wear the style for about 4-8 weeks. Also, you can wear crochet box braids while going to work or over the weekend while hanging out with friends.
- Long crochet braids
Dreaming of having long hair?? Well, with these long crochet braids, you can have the hair of your dreams in hours. If you want to change your style and don’t want to settle for curly or straight braids, you can go for a natural texture that will allow you to change your style anytime.
- Knotless crochet braids
If you love changing up your hairstyles quite often, then you might want to try out this knotless style. This style will hide the knots in areas where they are likely to be visible when parting your hair or trying out a new style.
- Straight crochet braids
For ladies with straight hair, rocking straight crochet braids can give you excellent options, especially when it comes to styling your hair. Depending on the hair extensions you are using, you can use a blow dryer or a flat iron to straighten your hair.
- Curly crochet bob style
The curly crochet braid style is quite popular, and it is mostly worn during summer. The style is also a protective style meaning your natural hair is protected beneath the weave. If you want a style that will protect your mane and give it room for growth, then this style is your best bet.
The curls are what makes this style super cute for ladies. The style suits people with round and heart-shaped faces. However, with the right cut, anyone can pull it off regardless of the shape of the face.
Crochet braids are the latest styles trending in the hair world right now. The braids are easy to install and maintain, unlike with other hairstyles. They are also affordable, can transform your look and they protect your hair. It might take time to learn to DIY the braids, but once you learn the loop, you can try out different hairstyles that will match your lifestyle.