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Crochet braids online guide

Updated on September 21, 2013

Flat irons, pressing combs

I recently learned about a new way to add braid extensions to your hair. I did not know about this method previously. As an African American woman, I go through stages when it comes to hair. I do not like chemical relaxers and stopped using them a few years ago. Nevertheless, I would often get frustrated with my natural hair. I would still try to achieve a straight look with a flat iron or pressing comb but the hair would often get frizzy again and back to its natural state after exposure to just a bit of moisture.

This causes great limitations on rainy days and you are also less inclined to exercise daily as you should because you do not want to sweat too much in your scalp. When you try to maintain a straight look with natural hair, you might end up applying heat to your hair much more frequently than you intended. You will have to apply the heat whenever you wash the hair (maybe weekly) but you might also find yourself having to apply the heat as a touch up more frequently when the hair frizzes out (perhaps every other day). This ends up being to much heat application to the hair and is not healthy for it.

When I realized that I was giving my hair too much heat, I would sometimes just keep it in the natural curly state wearing an "afro puff" with the curls further activated by some hair gel. Sometimes I liked this look, sometimes I didn't and I yearned for something different but I still was not going to give in and get a chemical relaxer again.

photo credit: forum.blackhairmedia.com
photo credit: forum.blackhairmedia.com

Braids

So when we want to look for alternatives beyond chemical relaxers, flat irons, hot combs, and natural curls (or locks), the next popular options for African American female hair include hair weaves and braided hair extension styles.

Now, once again I had some issues with the remaining options. I felt like weaves were unnatural looking and indicated a Black woman trying to achieve the look of something she is not. Not only would the weaved hair be straight but it was usually unnaturally long and looked fake as it was. Look out for my review of the film Good Hair as I will discuss this in more detail. The hair used for weaves is typically sold by women in India and imported to the United States. So Black women with the long straight hair are really wearing Indian hair. The whole popular phenomenon is very interesting and a little mind boggling to me.

I definitely did not want a weave. The compromise for me was to get a braided hair style that is quintessentially a part for African culture. I thought that if it was an ethnic hairstyle made with extensions that would be okay as long as it was not a straight wig or weave that really looked too much like Indian or White hair and achieved a very unnatural look on an African American woman.

Call me "Afrocentric", but I am very against Black women trying to look too much like something we are not.

So far, I have been pleased with the compromise as I often wear braided hairstyles, specifically microbraids. Please look out for my hub on microbraids.

The videos below depict a tutorial on the application of crochet braids which is new to me. I have never tried them before but when you compare them to the process of applying microbraids, the crochet braids are much faster for practical purposes.

That is not me in the video. These videos are borrowed and embedded into the article from YouTube.

photo credt: forum.blackhairmedia.com
photo credt: forum.blackhairmedia.com
photo credit: blackmasterpiece.com
photo credit: blackmasterpiece.com

How to do crochet braids

As we can see, applying crochet braids involves braiding your natural hair against the scalp in corn rows first. Then using the recommended crochet needle, you loop the extension hair through your own, anchoring it and then either braiding it or leaving it loose and curly like the woman in the video. I think that the length of hair that she has used is natural looking and not too long. Additionally, the curly hair looks more convincingly natural and flattering than the straight hair would look.

I think that it looks great and she has helped a lot of women to find a new way to style their hair! In addition to this tutorial, there are many other tutorials for crochet braids posted on YouTube by various individuals. Check them out!

photo credit: talk.blackhairmedia.com
photo credit: talk.blackhairmedia.com
photo credit: blackmasterpiece.com
photo credit: blackmasterpiece.com

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      meme 

      5 years ago

      I really love the hair with the photo credit: forum.blackhairmedia.com

      Do you by any chance know what hair it is?

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi Evangelist,

      You're welcome. I'm glad this hub about crochet braids can help you. Thanks so much for leaving an appreciative comment.

      -Journey *

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      Evangelist 

      6 years ago

      A wonderful tutorial. I just learned how to crochet about 2 months ago after paying someone to crochet my hair for years. Thanks for sharing how to take care of it. I had no idea.

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you like it Tonipet. Thanks so much for your nice comment!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      7 years ago from The City of Generals

      That's amazing. I think all women can use the hair weaves and braided hair extension styles. It's so much better, plus saves the hair from chemicals. Awesome hub. Thanks for sharing!

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks lady rain!

      Unique, pennie, PWalker281, and Greenz, thank you for all of your comments also. I appreciate them.

      pennie, sorry about the late response with me coming by this hub so late for moderating comments but the hair can be purchased in beauty supply stores where synthetic and human hair are sold. The sales associate might be familiar with the type of hair used for crochet braids if you ask for it specifically. It is also mentioned in part 1 of the tutorial videos posted. The woman is using "FreeTress" bulk hair. You can also use "Glance" brand braid in the Circle Curl type. Good luck.

      Cheers!

      - Journey *

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      lady rain 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Interesting and very beautiful. Great hub.

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      Greenz 

      7 years ago

      I've been wanting to do crochet braids for sucha long time now but i suck at cainrows.

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      PWalker281 

      7 years ago

      You chose a great instructional video to teach how to use the latch hook to create braids.

      I came of age in the 60s and 70s when the Afro was THE hairstyle for both men and women. My hair is still natural but a lot shorter these days. And I started growing locs right before I moved to Hawaii but finally had to cut them off after only 6 months or so because it get's so hot here in the summer and my head just couldn't take it!

      There are lots of options Black women can choose from and still celebrate our naturally curly hair.

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      pennie 

      7 years ago

      Looks great, but where did you get the hair from? What type of hair is it?

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      Unique Isonka 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the information. This is very good on our natural hair and less stress than chemicals and heat..

      Getting back to the basics. Love your article!

      Unique Isonka

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      Milicentonline, thanks so much for your kind words. Stay tuned for more hubs that I will write regarding hairstyles.

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      Milicentonline 

      7 years ago

      I have heard of and seen them but have yet to try it myself. I too have natural and so tired of the same old hat. I am always looking for new ways to reinvent the afro. Is that possible? Great piece of writing.

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Eiddwen and cocoa26!

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      cocoa26 

      7 years ago from Washington DC

      You did a real good job.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant video. My hair has a very strong mind of its own . But I am going to give it a go.

      Take care and thanks for sharing.

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks rissa62!

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      Queen of the Pen 

      8 years ago

      That's a fantastic video. I will try it for my daughter. You did a great job.

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi Research Analyst, thanks for posting your nice comment.

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      Research Analyst 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing information about crochet braids, the videos are very helpful too!, the finished look is fabulous.

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much BkCreative. I appreciate that!

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is so amazing! I tell you, that video is super. I'm an loc wearer but I will share this with my daughrer-in-law and a few others. I see the woman is using a rug hook which is better than a plain crochet hook because it has a latch.

      Great hub. Rated up and more. I'll bookmark too. Yay!

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      You're welcome Hello, hello. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a wonderful hub. It looks beautiful.

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