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Crochet Braids A Protective Style

Updated on June 14, 2012

Stylish Protection

A friend of mines introduced me to a method of protective style that had been practiced since the 80's and has now made a strong come back! Crochet Braids! I must admit, however, it looked nothing like the vision I had conjured up in my mind of a crocheting needle and strands of hair being manipulated all over my head. Reality was it wasn't too far from the truth!

Woman Wearing Crochet Braids | Source

What Are Crochet Braids?

Crochet braids is a method of protective styling. You create this style by adding hair extensions of your choice. The hair can be textured, straight, short, long, or kankelon. It doesn't matter. However, what does matter is the texture of hair which may cause you to make minor adjustments in how you add the hair extension.

What You'll Need to Get Started

First you will need some type of extensions or weaveable hair. Any brand will do, however, my favorite brand is Freetress. I also caution beginners to use some type of curly or textured hair and graduate to more straighter styles after you've perfected your install technique.

  • You will need a latch hook crochet needle.
  • A large Mirror.
  • A Hair Moisturizer or Water.
  • 2-Hour Block of Time
  • Hair of Your Choice
  • Flat service or back of a chair

How Are They Installed?

To ensure a great style will be determined on your base or foundation. The base or foundation of your style will be your "cornroll" braids. I recommend at least 10 - 12 cornrolls be plaited from the front of your head straight down to neck. This is the most simplest method, especially for beginners. Your braids should be tightly and consistently form, this will make it easier for you to install the extensions of your choice.

Once your base/foundation has been braided, I will usually twist the remainder of the braids together, tuck under and temporarily hold down with large bobby pins. I also recommended installing the hair from the first braided row above your ear and work your way over.

The Hair

  1. Make small sections of hair (4 to 10 strands)
  2. Fold each section of hair in half
  3. Place or hang over the back of the chair; I use my ironing board
  4. Lightly mist or moisturize sections.

Place the needle through the base of the braid, being careful not to scratch your scalp. Open the latch hook, place a 4 - 10 strands of hair, folded in half on the curve of the latch hook, close the latch, pull hair through and hold the loop open and pull the hair to form a loose knot, repeat knot to secure attachment of hair.

This is done repetively until you have completed your whole head.

Crochet Braids Styling

My Experience

The first time it did a crochet braided style, it took my approximately two hours. I tried it after watching a few youtubers. I purchased Go Go Curls from Freetress. I used water on my hair sections. I did find that the smaller amount of strands gave the best natural look than chunkier sections of hair.

I used less than a pack of the hair. It cost me $9.99 and I had a FULL head of head turning curls. Even my husband fell in love with it and he has threaten to burn my wigs and weave! LOL!

I did a middle part, trimmed a few strands and Voila! A great hair style and I was well-pleased even on my first attempt!

Install of Crochet Braids by Tawanna

Protective Style to Hair Business!

Youtuber Tawanna Nicole has taken a protective method that she used for herself, daughter, and friends and has turned it into a business!

Crochet Braid Styling

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this protective styling. I love, love, love the versatilty that it offers and the learning curve is short and can be mastered easily.

  • A pack of hair can range from $1.99 to the high-end of $40.00
  • All you need is a block of 2-hours
  • Few tools are needed for install
  • Style can be worn anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months (however, not recommended)

Down Side

  • Take down can be laborious
  • You can become addicted to having such fabulous hair and options

So ladies, I say it's a go and try it deal!

Please comment and rate up! Until next time! Happy styling!


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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      The models all look quite lovely. The style is very becoming.

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      Starlett 4 years ago

      This has been my technique for three years. But I have to use tr packs of hair I wish I could use just one