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What Are Crochet Braids?

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Crochet braids are a type of hairstyle option typically used by black women. As the name suggests, a crochet needle is used to weave packaged hair into natural hair that has been French braided or braided into corn rows. These types of braids are a favorite for many women because of the fact that they are a low-cost, low-maintenance way to easily change hair styles. These braids also are easy on the scalp, creating a quick, pain-free hairstyle that can allow for an easy get-up-and-go routine in the mornings.

In order to create these braids, one must know how to use a crochet needle and how to style several different types of braids. Some popular braid styles include twist braids, French braids and cornrow braids. Crochet braids typically are woven into, or crocheted into, hair that has been braided into one of these styles. Oftentimes, women gather in groups to style each other's hair into these complicated braided styles because it often is easier to braid someone else's hair than braiding one's own. The braids also are commonly style in styling salons, which may be the easiest option but may cost a bit more.

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There are two main effects women commonly use crochet braids to achieve. They often are used to add a splash of color to natural hair. The crochet braids can even be woven in to cover natural hair, leaving one complete braided hairstyle in the color of the purchased braids. These braids may also be used to create longer hair styles. Very long braids can be woven in and then cut to the desired length.

Crochet braids are a popular choice not only because they can help create a quick, fashionable hairstyle, but also because they're a low-cost and low-maintenance way to change a hairstyle. Once the braids are woven in, daily hair-care requirements are typically greatly reduced. These types of braids also don't cost a lot of money compared to many other extension options. These types of braids don't require hair glue, caps or any of the other things that extensions sometimes require. The result is that this hair style is very easy on your scalp. People who have a sensitive scalp or who want to give their scalp a rest from more intense hairstyles may use these braids for awhile because of that reason.

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anon274660
Post 4

I've had crochet hair and it made my hair grow. This style worked best for me also. I really prefer it for the summer months. Try it and you won't be disappointed.

Mae82
Post 3

@animegal - I have never personally had crochet braids put in but a good friend of mine had them done on vacation to Jamaica last year and they really turned out nicely. You don't have to be African American either to pull off the look. I think it really has to do with how much confidence you have in your personal style.

As far as care goes, she found it easy and was able to wash and dry her hair as usual. I am not sure how long the braids were good for, but her hair seemed to stay braided for quite awhile.

If you are nervous about the style do an online search for some images of crochet braids and find something you like to show your salon.

animegal
Post 2

I have been looking for an inexpensive way to get some extensions put in and I am wondering if crochet braids would look OK on someone even if they weren't African American?

I have a pretty sensitive scalp and I can't even wear tight ponytails because it aggravates my skin and makes me really sore.

Has anyone had any experience with getting crochet braids? Do they hurt when they are being put in or taken out? Also, are they easy to care for?

I would live to give this a try I am just a bit uncertain about the whole process.

anon145691
Post 1

A 'latch hook' is the instrument used to do these braids. Not a 'crochet needle'. They are two different things.

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