If you are living in the 21st century, regularly use the interwebz, and engage in any social interaction, you may have noticed that our generation has begun to rise up against the Eurocentric beauty standards that have dictated what we should look like to be called “beautiful”. One particular group that has especially taken a stand is the black community which has started to embrace their natural hair and is using it as a symbol of their pride in their culture. So with Instagram firing up with gorgeous pictures of kinky curly hair, box braids, Marley twists, and Bantu knots, a new way of inserting hair extensions has also come up—crochet braiding. Crochet braiding involves cornrowing all your hair and then individually inserting loose hair extensions into the cornrows with the help of a crochet braiding needle.
THE CROCHET BRAIDING PROCESS
A big reason why crochet braids are so ‘in’ right now is the fact that you can add loose hair extensions and the end result is that they look like natural hair. But it doesn’t have to stop there! You could also insert box braids or Marley twists! The options are endless! But before we get to the styling part, let’s look at what the crochet braiding process actually involves:
- Hair wash: Wash your hair. Thoroughly. Crochet braids usually last for about four weeks, and you will not be able to wash your natural hair properly during that period. So, it’s better to start out with absolutely clean hair.
- Cornrows: Braid all your hair into cornrows to create the base for your extensions. This is a great crochet braid pattern tutorial that you can follow to get flawless crochet braids.
- Inserting loose extensions:
a. Insert your crochet needle into the first stitch of your cornrow, with the latch closed.
b. Open the latch, insert your hair extension right from the middle, and close the latch.
c. Pull the crochet needle and extension back out of the cornrow until the extension forms a loop, then remove the crochet needle.
d. Pull the tails of your extension into the loop and tighten until the loop closes.
e. Tie a knot with the two tails of your extension to secure it in place.
- Inserting braids:
a. Insert your crochet needle into the first stitch of your cornrow, with the latch closed.
b. Open the latch, insert one end of your braid, and close the latch.
c. Pull the crochet needle and braid back out of the cornrow until the braid is about 2 inches through.
d. Open the latch and push back the end of the braid up and over the latch.
e. Insert the other end of the braid into the latch and close it.
f. Pull the tail of the braid out of the loop at the top of the braid and tighten it before removing the needle.
Well, now that we have the boring stuff out of the way, let’s dive into the fun ways that you can style your crochet braided hair!
40 Cool Ways To Style Your Crochet Braids
- Spiral Curls Bob
- Super Short Marley Hair Bob
- Ringlet Curls Boy Cut
- Poker Straight Hair
- Jet Black Senegalese Twists
- Black And Blonde Afro
- Brown And Blonde Rope Twist
- Two Toned Havana Mambo Twists
- Luscious Violet Tresses
- Silver Havana Mambo Box Braids
- Blonde Rope Twisted Braids
- Naturally Coiled Curls
- Peacock Faux Locs
- Black And Purple 3D Cubic Twists
- Telephone Curls Short Bob
- Beaded Box Braids
- Red Bombshell Spiral Curls Bob
- Snow White Box Braids
- Jumbo Twists
- Petrol Green Senegalese Twists
- Semi-Unraveled Box Rope Twists
- Exposed Cornrows Half Updo
- Chocolate Brown Crimped Marley Hair
- Center Parted Crimped Kinky Hair
- Aqua Blue Ombre Box Braids
- Rainbow Box Braids
- Micro Locs With Blue Accents
- Nu Locs With Teal Accents
- Faux Locs High Ponytail
- Subtly Ombred Purple Box Braids
- Holographic Faux Locs
- Side Parted Nu Locs With Caramel Accents
- Super Big Jamaican Bounce Curls
- Fiery Orange Curled Faux Locs
- Deep Purple Mambo Twists
- Super Curly And Ultra Long Chocolate Brown Hair
- Curly Bob With Cornrow Undercut
- Beaded Marley Twists With Electric Blue Accents
- Straight Blonde Hair With Blonde Dutch Band
- Crochet Braids Dutch Braid
1. Spiral Curls Bob
A major reason behind crochet braids’ popularity is that it doesn’t make the wearer look like they are wearing extensions. Case in point, this short haircut with spiral curls. Not only does the model look absolutely gorgeous, but her crochet braid style also looks like that is her natural hair.
2. Super Short Marley Hair Bob
If you’re all about that simple, all natural look, check out this style created with Marley hair. This super short bob comprises cute curls that spring out in all directions. The undercut on one side adds a bit of edginess to this otherwise adorable style.
3. Ringlet Curls Boy Cut
You don’t always have to go for the long hair look when you choose crochet braids hairstyles. You could also go in for a cute boy cut style like this one. Not only is this style chic and youthful, but the ringlet curls also add a generous amount of quirky fun to this whole look.
4. Poker Straight Hair
Let’s face it—at some point in time, we all fall into that trap of wanting poker straight hair. But, instead of wasting hours of your time every day and heat styling your hair into oblivion, how about picking a protective style? Crochet braiding gorgeous straight hair extensions into your hair will not only save you a whole lot of time and effort, but you will also be protecting your natural hair in the process. It’s a win-win!
5. Jet Black Senegalese Twists
When it comes to protective styling, it doesn’t get better than Senegalese twists. These jet black Senegalese twists are super shiny and not at all bothersome, owing to their sleekness. The beautifully twisted style has been accented with a few gold beads scattered throughout her hair to add a bit of sparkle to the look.
6. Black And Blonde Afro
Be young, be wild, be free with this beautiful afro look that is bound to make you stand out in a crowd. This gorgeous bush of curls may look great on its own, but what elevates this look to another level is the haphazard blonde coloring that makes this style even more vivacious.
7. Brown And Blonde Rope Twist
Why go for one hair color when you can go for many? While this rope twisted style may look mesmerizing all on its own, it’s the beautifully blended colors that take this look to the next level. The various shades of brown, blonde, and black seamlessly blend to create a stunning effect.
8. Two Toned Havana Mambo Twists
Are you someone who likes to showcase your bombshell personality through your style? If yes, then you’re in for a treat! This fun and funky Havana mambo twists style make use of burgundy extensions on one side and blonde twists on the other. This symmetrical, yet contrasting, hair look is gorgeously unique and has a personality of its own.
9. Luscious Violet Tresses
If you are anything like me, you probably lust after colored hair but fear the commitment of actually going through with it. Well, crochet braids are here to your rescue, once again. This crochet braided style makes use of violet colored kinky hair extensions to create a dazzling long hair look.
10. Silver Havana Mambo Box Braids
Fulfill your fantasy of looking like an elven princess with this mesmerizing Havana mambo box braids style. The metallic silver effect given to this hair is magical, to the say the least. But it is the long length of the extensions that lend a majestic appeal to this whole look.
11. Blonde Rope Twisted Braids
You don’t always have to color-match your extensions to your hair color. When going for protective styles, like crochet braids, you have the freedom to let loose and go for that blonde shade that you’ve always wanted to try out! These rope braids done in a cool toned blonde shade can add a whole lot of spunk to your look.
12. Naturally Coiled Curls
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say this again—no one will ever be able to tell that you’re wearing extensions when you’re sporting crochet braids. I mean, just look at that gorgeously coiled curls pictured up there. It would be next to impossible for it to not look convincing and real to you.
13. Peacock Faux Locs
Preen like a peacock in this faux locs style that will make you look like the belle of the ball. The gorgeous locs in shades of blue and green combine to create a dazzling spectrum effect that is sure to wow everyone. Insert a few metallic beads to transform yourself into an absolute faerie.
14. Black And Purple 3D Cubic Twists
The beauty of having crochet braids is that you can be as outrageous as possible when picking out colors for your hair extensions. This look is a testament to that. Jet black 3D cubic twists have been draped over with bright purple ones on top to create a stunning contrast of colors.
15. Telephone Curls Short Bob
Most times, curls are either kinky, tightly wound, or rolled up in perfect ringlets. But sometimes you come across curls that look exactly like the cords on landline phones. This style makes use of the latter. The evenly sized sleek curl extensions used in this style have been cut in a layered bob to create a chic new-age look.
16. Beaded Box Braids
First up, watch this iconic music video by Solange that celebrates black women’s hair. This box braids style has been inspired by Solange’s Don’t touch my hair video, which is out of this world, to say the least. The long braids have been embellished with colorful beads and styled in some straight bangs to create a truly enchanting look.
17. Red Bombshell Spiral Curls Bob
There’s a reason why burgundy is one of the most commonly used hair colors in the world. The deep red shade adds a sultry appeal to this spiral curls look that has been cut in a short bob. Besides looking super stylish, this crochet braids style is also light and easy to wear as it makes use of shorter hair extensions.
18. Snow White Box Braids
When it comes to Zoe Kravitz, you best believe that she will do something completely out of the ordinary. With this style, she shows us that you can go for insanely stark white box braids and still pull them off. If there’s one thing you’ll be exuding with this hair look, it’s an insane level of confidence. *tries to hide the massive crush she has on Zoe Kravitz*
19. Jumbo Twists
Sometimes you’re in the mood for reasonably sized braids. Other times, you want to go all out with some obscenely huge hair twists. When you‘re in the mood for the latter, this style will serve you perfectly. These jumbo twists can be easily crochet braided and styled in a variety of ways. One way to style them is pictured above where the model has pinned up half of her twists in a gorgeous flat half bun.
20. Petrol Green Senegalese Twists
Now here’s a unique hair color that you don’t usually see people sporting. Popularly known as petrol hair, this blue-green shade is understated, yet has a quirky feel to it. The whole look is given a demure feel with the Senegalese twists and minimal makeup.
21. Semi-Unraveled Box Rope Twists
When Zoe Kravitz works a style, she works the hell out of it. This thin rope twisted look is no exception. Zoe has added her own twist (pun intended) to this look by keeping her twist super thin and unraveling them from halfway down to create an uber casual vibe to her style.
22. Exposed Cornrows Half Updo
You don’t necessarily need to go for a full head of hair when you go for crochet braids. You can be as quirky and versatile with your style as you want! Take this look, for example. All she has done is not insert extensions in the cornrows on the sides to create an undercut-esque look. To make the look even edgier, the model has braided her extensions exactly once and flipped them over her shoulder.
23. Chocolate Brown Crimped Marley Hair
Keeping up with the natural-looking crochet braids trend, here’s another great example of the same. This center-parted crimped look in a gorgeous chocolate brown shade has brought us to our knees. Layers have been cut into the Marley hair extensions to reduce the weight but retain the volume created by this look.
24. Center Parted Crimped Kinky Hair
If you’re in the mood for doing something completely crazy with your hair, here’s your chance! This crochet braids style incorporates kinky hair that has a crimped effect to it. The hair is cut to a shoulder length, parted down the middle, and styled in a crazy manner that makes it stand up in a horizontal manner.
25. Aqua Blue Ombre Box Braids
When it comes to box braids, there’s no hair color trend that you can’t try out like you do on normal hair. Yeah, this box braids look is done up in a gorgeous ombre effect. But what makes it stand out is the spellbinding aqua blue shade that is sure to make you look like a mermaid.
26. Rainbow Box Braids
Admit it—as a child, you wanted rainbow colored hair, didn’t you? I sure did. But with adulthood came the realization that dyeing your hair those crazy colors would essentially involve killing your hair. But with the advent of the crochet braiding technique and the availability of box braids in a wide range of colors, you can make your childhood dreams come true! Not only do those rainbow box braids look amazing, but the curled edges make the whole look even cuter!
27. Micro Locs With Blue Accents
So you’re not the type who goes for jumbo Marley twists or chunky box braids? Then these micro locs will be right up your alley! This intricate micro locs create an air of daintiness, and their honey brown shade adds a rich feel to the whole look. An ethereal vibe is lent to the look with the help of subtle blue accent locs.
28. Nu Locs With Teal Accents
You don’t always have to go for the same old Marley hair or box braids for your crochet braided hair. Here is another fun option for you! These Nu locs are, essentially, faux dreadlocks that look super edgy and stylish. Add in a few teal colored Nu locs to your hair and add a pop of color to your look.
29. Faux Locs High Ponytail
You don’t have to give up styling your hair once you’ve crochet braided faux locs in them. You can still have fun by inserting some sparkly beads to accent your locs and gather them all up in a high ponytail to create a cute, yet functional, look.
30. Subtly Ombred Purple Box Braids
Ever since I came across this picture, I can’t take my eyes off it. Get this fierce look by installing ombred box braids in various shades of purple, and no one will dare mess with you again. These center-parted box braids are vibrant, youthful, and—most importantly—highly individualistic.
31. Holographic Faux Locs
With the recent influx of the holographic trend in the beauty community, it was inevitable that it would find its way into hair styles as well. And considering how gorgeous it looks, we’re not complaining. These faux locs have been dyed gray and gradually ombred in shades of blue and pink to imitate the holographic effect. And, boy, does it look gorgeous.
32. Side Parted Nu Locs With Caramel Accents
Let your inner femme fatale out with this edgy yet feminine crochet braided look. This Nu locs style has been given a badass twist with the help of some caramel locs that have been added as accents. Add a flirty twist to the whole look by parting your locs to one side and pairing it with a bright red lip color.
33. Super Big Jamaican Bounce Curls
When it comes to crochet braids styles, you need to either go big or go home. And this look definitely goes big. This super big style has been created by crochet braiding a generous amount of Jamaican Bounce curls into her hair and parting them down the middle lends a gorgeous symmetrical look that perfectly frames her face.
34. Fiery Orange Curled Faux Locs
Lit up any room you walk into with this fiery orange hair look. What’s unbelievable is that the awesome orange coloring is not even the best part of this hair look! Personally, my favorite part is the innovative style in which the faux locs have been curled to create a dizzyingly beautiful hair look.
35. Deep Purple Mambo Twists
There’s a reason why one of the biggest rock bands of the 70s was called ‘Deep Purple’. Because it’s a freaking awesome color. (There’s probably a better reason for it but let’s stick to this assumption). The gorgeously dark purple shade of this mambo twists look evokes a sense of mystery and makes the model look rather intimidating. Which is great because no one should be messing with you in the first place.
36. Super Curly And Ultra Long Chocolate Brown Hair
Show the world the goddess that you are with this luscious hair look. With super long and curly hair that flows down till your waist, you are sure to be the envy of every woman in every room you walk into. Add a gorgeous chocolate brown into the mix and your style game will be on a whole other level.
37. Curly Bob With Cornrow Undercut
Girl, why sport one hairstyle when you can sport two? This curly bob look combines two styles to create a beautiful fusion look. While curly hair extensions have been crochet braided into most of the cornrows, the cornrows on one side have been left exposed to create the edgy impression of an undercut.
38. Beaded Marley Twists With Electric Blue Accents
Unleash your fun-loving side with this funky crochet braid style. While the Marley twists are quite stylish on their own, the electric blue accent locs create a striking contrast against the jet black ones. Throw in a few gold beads, and you’ll be the center of attention everywhere you go.
39. Straight Blonde Hair With Blonde Dutch Band
In keeping with the natural looking hair trend, here’s another straight crochet hair style that does not fuss with box braids and twists. This blonde style keeps it simple with its straight styling while maintaining its natural hair vibe. But things get interesting with the Dutch braided headband that sits prettily on the model’s head and elevates the whole look.
40. Crochet Braids Dutch Braid
If you thought you had to bid farewell to doing actual hairstyles once you crochet braided your hair, then you were wrong! Believe it or not, braided hairstyles look even more fantastic when done with box braids, instead of normal hair, because the style stands out more prominently. The side Dutch braid look pictured above looks magnificent and ultra feminine because of the effect created by the box braids.
To learn how to crochet braid your own hair, watch the video linked below!
Now, that we have sorted out all the styling options for you, what are you waiting for? Pick your favorite one and go crazy crochet braiding your hair! And don’t forget to comment below and let us know which styles you will be experimenting with!