Crochet braids make a chic protective hairstyle that’s achieved by attaching a braided hair extension to a woman’s natural hair using a latch or crochet hook, hence the name.
This keeps your hair off your face, where styling tools or weather elements can’t damage it.
Ava Selmon, a hairdresser based in Chicago, gave some helpful pointers for ladies who want to recreate this style.
💡 Key Things to Know First
- Do your research on the braid texture you wish to wear.
- Find a stylist who specializes in this look—someone who can make it appear natural that’s growing from the scalp, unlike a big wig.
- The biggest benefit is that there is no hair left out. No need to worry about blending your hair into the weave texture. Plus, it makes it easy for you to get up and go!
- The only drawback is that the hair is synthetic and doesn’t last as long as a human hair install. There’s also human hair, but it’s expensive, so most people stick to synthetic.
Check out these stunning pictures of crochet braids in various styles for your next look!
#1: Long Crochet Beach Waves
A short-term, lasting style to consider is long crochet beach waves. Rather than spend the time and extra money to style your own hair in free-flowing waves, take the short cut. Install crochet waves. But be mindful of their short life. Curly crochet hair is almost always synthetic hair, so it can’t withstand water, heat, or much product.
#2: Knotless Crochet Braids
Knotless crochet braids are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a fabulous protective style. They provide an effortless way to switch up your look while keeping your hair healthy and strong. When you get this hairstyle, you must let your stylist know the type of curl pattern you want and the length of hair used. To keep them looking fresh, use a light moisturizer every few days and lightly brush out any tangles or knots before bed.
#3: Sweet Crochet Box Braids with Curly Ends
Crochet box braids or faux locs with curly ends are a quick but amazing protective style for women on the go. Consider how you plan to wear your new style if you decide between individually crocheted braids or braids installed in rows. I suggest exploring the extensive options that crochet braids can offer. There are countless colors, lengths, and wave patterns to choose from.
#4: Afro Crochet Curls
Even if your natural hair isn’t the curl pattern you want, you can still get Afro crochet curls. Ask your braider to use the crochet technique if you want to, and choose from different patterns when getting your crochet installed.
#5: Boho-Inspired Braids with Blonde Highlights
Boho-inspired braids with blonde highlights are a beautiful clash of two timeless styles. With a traditional sew-in in the back and Fulani-inspired braids at the top, a design like this can help you get the best of both worlds in hair design. And this can happen while your natural hair is still fully protected. If other women can mesh different styles and crochet braid patterns together, so can you!
#6: Very Long Crochet Braids
If you’re too short on time for a full-length braiding session, these long crochet braids could answer your troubles. Because the curls are already prepped, a crochet hook is needed to install them. Be prepared to have your hair braided down like a wig base. Remember to consult your braider about the best curl pattern and length for your style.
#7: Crochet Bohemian Twist
Bohemian twist crochet braids create that sleek, stylish finish. The style features waist-length crochet twists with curly ends to bring a softer touch. These crochet twist styles make a rocker-chic finish!
#8: Passion Twist Crochet Braids
Passion twist crochet braids are a great way to add length and volume but still have a lightweight, protective style. This type of crochet will save you time on the installation as the hair is pre-braided. Protect with a satin cap at night to preserve your hairstyle. If you want to try a crochets hairstyle with less scalp tension, opt for knotless crochet braids.
#9: Amazing Twist-Out Crochet Braids
These twist-out crochet braids for waves or curls create a youthful hairstyle. The natural girl knows the struggle of getting a perfect twist out. These long crochet beach waves can give you some added length for a longer-lasting protective hairstyle.
#10: Trendy Half-Braided Crochet Hair
Half-braided crochet hair reduces the length of time for installing your locks. Great for someone with fine hair to achieve volume without tension on their follicles. Best achieved with the cornrow method.
#11: Gorgeous Cornrows and Crochet Braids
Try cornrows and crochet braids as your next protective style. Crochet hairstyles for black women are great for adding volume. Cornrows to the front will give you control and make pulling it back easier on the days you want to tame the mane.
#12: Cute Crochet Braids with Loose Curls
These crochet box braids with loose curls look unique and creative; you can style them any way you’d like. Keep the curls with mousse for this crochet braids hairstyle, and use a good product. It lasts longer if maintained properly.
#13: Vivid Crochet Braided Deep Twist
These crochet twists in a half updo with strands of magenta can be your go-to if you want to try new hair color. Be sure to have a professional install them. Get treatment before and after, and use Influance hair care products like rosemary stimulating spray, organic complex, and coconut milk leave-in conditioner to maintain the scalp.
#14: Beautiful Micro Crochet Braids
These crochet micro braids are super trendy right now. Micro crochet braids styles can complete and complement ladies in so many ways. This will give you many diverse styling options and help protect your hair.
Find yourself a stylist that understands your hair type. Have a consultation just like you would for color, hair extensions, or haircut – have a consultation before your braiding. Normal braids, crochet, passion twists, and wigs or braided piece options are endless. Also, the length and sizes are endless, too.
#15: The Crochet Havana Twist Hairstyle
Pull off the Havana twist with big crochet hairstyles like this for a fuller result that looks great when long. Add a few strands with a dark blonde hue to give your hair a little dimension. And maybe jazz up these crochet braids with a high bun for a smart-looking style.
#16: Curly Crochet Bob Hairstyle
This style is a layered crochet bob with very wispy bangs, and it’s a very popular and great protective style! The curls are the key to this super cute hairstyle. Straight hair is fun, but a curly bob crochet hairstyle like this is very trendy and works great in the summer.
You can recreate cute crochet hairstyles like this with your natural hair. For instance, you could use a curling creme or do a ‘twist out.’ If you don’t mind using heat, you can use a curling wand or rollers to boost the volume and movement. The options are endless. I recommend these braids for those with natural hair that they want to put away and protect. The bob shape will suit a small face or a heart-shaped face. Nevertheless, any African-American woman can pull it off with the right cut!
#17: Popular Long Crochet Braids
Those neat long crochet braids radiate a youthful and carefree vibe. Natural curls can work great with crochet twist hairstyles. Even so, the Water Wave hair by the brand Freetress will do the job, too! Water Wave is an excellent product for creating new crochet hair styles like this one.
#18: Amazing Jumbo Crochet Braids
Jumbo individual crochet braids are guaranteed to stand out! Jumbo braids go very well on most face shapes. To recreate the crochet braiding, get a crochet latch hook, pieces of crochet twist, and a comb. Remember the oils to apply on the scalp. One crucial tip for black crochet hairstyles is not to braid the edges too tight to avoid breakage or receding frontline.
#19: Sweet Kinky Twists on Crochet Hair
Kinky or spring twists with crochet curls give that bouncy, full-bodied shape. They even appear stunning and cute on any black woman! These kinks keep the scalp always cool and dry to prevent irritation.
#20: The Crochet Mambo Twist
The mambo twist for curly hair makes such a straightforward yet edgy crochet braided loc style. Any lady wearing it can steal attention due to its vast shape. When wearing crochet braid hairstyles, oil the scalp at least every three days to avoid buildup and dry scalp. It’ll also help the style to last longer.
#21: Sassy Crochet Faux Locs
This look is the crochet faux locs style that lasts a month or longer, depending on the person. I also love the fact that it only takes two hours to install this look. You should always use synthetic braiding hair when braiding your natural hair into a pattern so that the style stays nice and tight. Women can wear these crochet faux locks, but it’s usually seen on Naturalistas!
#22: Trendy Medium Crochet Weave
Who’s obsessed with a trendy medium crochet weave? These locks create a vast-looking hairstyle, and since it’s a protective style, start with freshly washed and conditioned hair. It’s an important aspect to pull it off. The hairstyle with weave is sure to work with natural kinks.
#23: Classic Crochet Goddess Locs
Crochet goddess locs give hair a lot more body and structure. With a deep side part, it provides a show-stopping edge. And similar to natural dread locs, this style offers fullness. Use peppermint oil if your hair needs a little moisturizer.
#24: Classy Crochet Jumbo Twists
These jumbo curly crochet braids are low-maintenance, and you can make this style as big as you like. To recreate this look, use X-Pression Whirly Loop crochet hair. Use a light oil to give it some sheen; you are all set. Make sure to pull each curl bundle apart for best results. I recommend short crochet hair styles for women looking to give their tresses a rest. It’s also perfect for a lady on the go who likes versatile styles.
#25: The Crochet Senegalese Twist
Stylist Eva kept it real with a wonderful handiwork of half-up half-down crochet style with thick Senegalese twists. Not only does it protect your hair, but it also is a statement in itself!
#26: Beautiful Crochet Braided Goddess Updo
This look is described as crochet goddess waves in a high ponytail updo. My favorite thing about this look is that all of your hair is braided, and the “locs” are attached to the braids, which offer protective styling.
This wavy crochet hair is very low-maintenance. You must purchase the Freetress Goddess Loc crochet hair extensions to achieve this look. The perfect woman for this crochet hair in a ponytail wants a funky, fun look. Over the years, locs have had a bad reputation for being unkempt and strictly for rebellious individuals. Today they are very beautiful and also provide a fun, edgy look.
#27: Feminine Crochet Marley Hair
Long Marley hair is a protective natural hairstyle that ladies with kinks must try! This side-parted crochet hairstyle is fun to wear. With a long length, it offers versatility in styling, like updos. Always moisturize the roots and keep the scalp oiled when wearing these twists. Maintenance is the key so it lasts longer.
#28: Casual Short Crochet Braids
The short crochet braids turn out to be both alluring and demure. A woman who wears it would feel a lot of confidence. When this hair is installed, be sure not to separate it too much. For short crochet styles like this, use mousse to take the air out, so they won’t feel and look too full!