Crochet braiding, although not a brand new technique, has gained popularity in the past year.
As the name suggests, crochet braids are hair extensions that are crocheted into your own hair with a latch hook tool.
- Crochet braids are a protective style that reduces the damage to your own hair by eliminating the unnecessary pull you may get from traditional braiding or weaving extension.
- If you have thinning hair or experiencing breakage, this method can give you the illusion of braided or weaving extensions without the damage
- The process is quicker than the traditional sew-in and braiding
- It gives you a natural look.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 latch hook
- 3 packs of Braiding/ bulk hair of your choice
The common misconception is that there is only one type of hair that can be crocheted. That is completely false. Choosing the braiding hair to use all depends on the style you are trying to achieve. If you’re going for a straight, wavy or curly look, choose the braiding hair that will help you achieve that.
- Scissors (optional). You may want to cut the length of the hair extension
- Weaving thread and needle( optional). Conrowed hair may need to be sewn together if hair is very long.
How It’s Done
Step One: Create the foundation.
This means cornrowing your hair. You can go from simple cornrows, to a honey comb formation or leaving some of your hair out that will later blend in with the braiding extension. The foundation will primarily depend on how you want your look you hope to fall.
For Moyo’s hair, I had one braid circling her head, and the rest were cornrowed to the back. the extra length of her hair were folded onto each other then sewed down.
NOTE: It is important that your braids aren’t bulky and lay flat.
Step Two: Preparing the braiding hair
When you take out the hair extension from its package, you may decide to leave the length as it is, or cut it. For Moyo, I cut the Soft Dred hair in half.
Step Three: Installing the hair
Take the latch hook in one hand, and with the latch still open, slide it underneath the braid.
Take some of your braiding hair extension fold it to the appropriate length you desire, then loop it onto the hook.
Close the latch.
Reverse and slide the hair back underneath the braid.The crochet hook is then passed under your braided hair and the latch is unhooked. With two fingers you will create an opening at the loop, then the feed the ends of the hairs through the hole.
You will twist the loop and feed the end through the loop again. Some hair types may have to be knotted more than twice for extra security.
Repeat these steps until complete
Step Four: Styling
Whether you have to cut, shape, straighten or curl the hair is up to you. Complete with a sheen spray and you’re ready to go.
Mini Tutorial: How to Install Crochet Braids: http://youtu.be/es90lSe7DPs
Would you try crochet braiding? If you have, what has your experience been with this method? Let me know by leaving a comment below.