There are many ways to braid hair. Crochet braids are the tightest and safest way to securely lock in your favorite faux locs and hair extensions! The interlocking technique holds your hair and styles your braids while protecting your hair’s natural growth!
BOX BRAIDS VS CROCHET BRAIDS
Both techniques are protective styles and allow the user to take care of their natural hair. Normal hair care for these stylings consists of the same procedures and routines.
Braids are just overlapping hair patterns repeated down a chain to create a plate. These create a great hold but easily unravel at the tip if not sealed or held together by external means. This is why crochet braids are widely chosen for locking faux locks and other permanent stylings.
Crochet Braiding is a technique of intertwining the hair back into itself to create a uniformed braid. Sectioning of the hair in a crotchet pattern is unique to the stylist. The hair extensions are also known as latch hook braids and involve crocheted into the person’s natural hair.
5 ESSENTIAL CROCHET BRAID TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
- DARNING NEEDLE
- STITCH MARKERS/RUBBER BANDS
- HAIR SCISSORS
- CROCHET HOOKS
- CROCHET ORGANIZER
When you need to stitch the hair through the roots or cornrows it’s hard to achieve. Regular sewing needles are difficult to thread. Its always punishing adding hair through hard to reach spots. Luckily they fabricated a better crochet needle, the Darning needles are crafted with a wider eye for hooking the hair and allowing you to stitch the extension.
STITCH MARKERS/RUBBER BANDS
Crochet braiding is difficult especially as you get tired. Always mark the strands with a strand marker or colored rubber bands to help you keep track of your stitch rotation and count.
It’s plain and simple. If you cant trim those wild loose ends that are impossible to intertwine, cut the loss. Keep a good pair of precision hair cutters next to you to cut away those frizzy ends. This not only can help the aesthetic but also the hair strand’s health as well.
Most hair loc extensions come pre-looped and really require a crochet hook to install properly. Braiding is already difficult for beginners. If you are going to incorporate different crochet methods in your pattern, you need these professional tools. The only way to achieve the tightest overlay patterns and style is with crochet hooks!
If you are a stylist or DIY-er, you must stay organized and get bins. These vessels can be of different colors and shapes to help you store all your tools and extra material!
MOST POPULAR CROCHET HAIR BRAID COLORS IN 2021
Just as any other hair extension can come in an array of beautiful and different hair colors, well, so can synthetic crochet braids. We won’t leave you hanging either as we’ve done the research and below, you’ll see a list of the best-selling colors!
HAIRSTYLES TO CHOOSE FROM
- STRAIGHT BRAIDS
- CROCHET BOX BRAIDS
- BRAZILIAN DEEP TWIST
- PASSION TWIST BRAID
- FREETRESS CROCHET TWIST
- JAMAICAN OR MARLEY
- KANEKALON BRAIDS
- SENEGALESE TWIST
- WATER WAVE BRAID
- SPRING TWIST
MORE STYLES TO CONSIDER
Consider using material fibers like synthetic hair, human hair, or a mixture of both. These fibers are made by factories usually not based in the United States. The amount of material and embodiment you purchase needs to correspond with the styling your plan to achieve.
- Goddess Locs use long uniformed locs with open, curly, and wavy ends to achieve heavenly stylings
- Boho locs combine different length locs that closely resemble goddess locs but with a more distressed look and feel
- Bobbi Boss Nu Locs are great for many stylings and give you a wide variety of options to choose from
- Sensationnel Lulutress is sold by authorized beauty retailers all around the world and offered many wonderful stylings
KEEPING YOUR BRAIDS CLEAN
Below, we’re going to cover two indispensable ways to clean your braids that you must learn in order to maintain as well as allow your crochet braids to last as long as possible.
SPRAY BOTTLE TECHNIQUE
Grab a spray bottle. Add your favorite shampoo and water. Shake and spray the scalp and base of the Braids. Using an old toothbrush or rag, agitate the roots and scalp to help remove build-up. Dab a rag to help dry the roots and scalp. You might notice a little itch as your hair dries. Try not to scratch. For curly crochet hair just run fingers through them to help the itch curly hair.
SATIN BONNET METHOD
You need to avoid roughing your braids as this might cause them to frizz and unravel. The best way to do this while showering is to wear a satin bonnet. This will hold your braided hairstyle from getting messed. The best part of the bonnet is the braids cant twist out. This is also great for all those synthetic crochet braids and other braid styles.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET HAIR?
2-6 HOURS – It really depends on the crochet braid styling you choose and the hairstylist. Our top Stylist says it can take anywhere from 2-6 hours. Depending on the length of hair and condition of natural hair. To help extend the interlocking process, try a stay in conditioner before starting.
HOW MANY PACKS OF HAIR DO I NEED?
4 TO 8 PACKS OF DIFFERENT HAIR COLOR. Depending on the exact faux loc styling you are going for, the average packs of hair needed range from 4 to 8. For kinky hair, we recommend 6-10 packs.
ARE CROCHET HAIRSTYLES BAD FOR EDGES?
Any time you are Crochet Braiding Hair you risk putting tension on your hairline and edges. The added tension can pull and tug on edges and thin hair and cause the police to rip from the epidermis.
DO YOU NEED PRE-STRETCHED HAIR TO INSTALL?
Pre-stretched hair is when we take the hair and stretch the strands so that the ends of the hair bundle is not blunt yet tapered to achieve the nice finish look you see on most braided styles. This also can be done with x-pression synthetic hair extensions. Pre-stretching hair before adding it to your own hair means it has been stretched to its max length and you know what you’re working with. Stretching allows you to see the hair textures and natural length.
I’m glad we had a chance to discuss some great crochet braid literature. These techniques are the best for when you really want to lock in that hairstyle! If have any questions or comment please submit them below! We are always happy to engage.