Protective styling is essential for maintaining healthy and happy hair, but did you know there’s more variety than just braids and twists?
Try out crochet braids!
By: Leah Thomas
Crochet braids aren’t your typical braids and they aren’t sew-in extensions either.
They work by creating a base braid like a sew-in, but extensions are attached with crochet hooks, which create less tension on your scalp. Ultimately, crochet braids are a wonderful protective, versatile style.
We consulted crochet expert Jannea Dorsey-Gordley to help us learn the ins and outs of crochet braids.
What are crochet braids?
Crochet braids are an alternative weave protective style.
They create less tension than traditional sew-in weaves and extensions because of the way they’re installed.
Why is it a protective style?
A protective style is natural Black hair style that does not damage your scalp with tension or your hair strands with heat. Your own natural hair is kept safe, free from heat, elastic, tension, or other damaging habits. There are a variety of protective styles to choose from, including up-dos, braids, twists, or cornrows.
Crochet braids are a good protective style because, if done correctly, there is no tension on the scalp or the actual hair follicle that will cause breakage. Most people love crochet braids because they can barely feel them, and they can also be worn for a long time.
Those with crochet braids can actually scratch their scalp without rubbing their weave in the process.
“Crochet was around 20 years ago or so, but they’re coming back around!”
– Jannea Dorsey-Gordley
Are Crotchet Braids Versatile?
Yes, crochet braids are extremely versatile.
The technique has been around for quite a while. Back in the day, stylists used to install crochet braids differently than today. Now, there are multiple new ways to get a different look without having to twist your hair every night. Depending on your hair texture, you can even have an awesome two-strand twist-out look.
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What type of hair do you recommend?
The hair that you select is really important to provide a more realistic look. Natural hair stylist Jannea Dorsey-Gordley recommends the brand Kima. This brand also has a kinky texture and is more of a light deep-wave pattern.
What hair brands do you think are good for crochet braids? Share suggestions in the comments below.
How do you make the part look realistic?
Jannea Dorsey-Gordley explains, “The braid pattern is important to help the part look more realistic. As a stylist, I ask my client what they want and utilize my technique that allows the hair to fall any way and still look natural.
“For me, I prep and separate the hair, making it look as natural as possible rather than having big clumps of hair per loop.”
What’s Currently Trendy For Anyone Who Wants Crotchet Braids?
Jannea Dorsey-Gordley explains, “Currently, I’m seeing a lot more box crochet braids. People sometimes do one braid and wrap it around a braid pattern in the back, where it’s mostly cornrowed. This method saves a lot of time versus the typical box braid installation.”
How should you prep your hair for the style?
Jannea Dorsey-Gordley explains, “What I do when it comes to the prepping is use a setting spray and lotion. In the setting spray, I add a teaspoon of Alchemy 27 to help give the scalp ingredients it needs to protect your mane and grow healthy hair.”
More on KimberlyElise.com: Check out an in-depth look at how to prep for braided natural hairstyles here.
What are your tips? Let us know how you prep your hair for your favorite protective style in the comments!