Crochet braids also known as latch hook braids are techniques for protective hair styling hair that involves crocheting synthetic hair extensions to a person’s natural hair with a crochet hook. Crochet braids can be worn straight, curly, twisted, or braided.
Unlike a weave, however, the hair used is loose and not on a weft. And instead of being sewn in, crochet hair is kind of looped under the cornrows with a crochet needle (essentially a hook) and secured with a knot of sorts. Since crochet braids became a trend in the year 2015 different variations, methods, tips and tricks have cropped up. Such as no cornrows braid less crochet, the invisible knot method, individual crochet braids and so on.
I installed crochet braids a few weeks ago and I just wanted to share my experience from a different angle. This is because I install crochet braids on my hair quite often. If you have ever installed crochet braids before then you should be able to relate, so here goes –
No one tells you that – You might not get it right at your first try. Even if you did, contrary to what your fave YouTubers make you think. It will take you longer than thirty minutes to install if you are installing it yourself for the first time. You can also forget about trying to get neat cornrows if you have never tried cornrowing your hair yourself before.
No one tells you how painful The tugging and yanking can be to your scalp. When the hair gets tangled up between your cornrows and the crochet pin. This happens to even your favorite YouTubers, you just don’t get to see it. However, be rest assured that it gets better with time. Constant practice will reduce mistakes that causes the hair to tangle.
No one tells you about the arm work ! – Being an avid do it yourself person is all good and fine as it saves your pennies. It also keeps you away from that stylist around the corner who has no patience for your lovely kinks. However, no one tells you the strain crocheting your hair yourself puts on your arm muscles. Cheer up anyway as its a form of exercise that will help tone your muscles.
No one tells you that – Your lovely crochet braid part no matter how tiny it looks. It will get really wide and ugly as the hair gets older. It’s a good thing though because it means your hair is growing.
No one tells you that – once you wash the crochet hair it mostly always means the end of that hair. Please just forget or discredit what the pack says about being washable or reusable. I also think washing crochet braids while it’s still in your head is foolhardy. The best advice is not to carry the install for too long . washing crochet hair while in your head can also make your natural hair to be matted.
No one tells you that takedown is the worst! – I am not even joking, the hardest part about crochet braid is the takedown. The packs always state that the hair can be reused. I still don’t get how curly, straight or kinky crochet hair can be reused. When you already knotted the synthetic strands on to your cornrow at least three times during the install. Even the pre braided or twisted crochet hair can’t be reused in my opinion. I say this because they look so ratchet and worn out during takedown.
Word of advice just quit trying to save the hair and pick up a scissors. If you can’t be very careful just get someone to help you cut it off or you would be sorry. (you might end up cutting your own hair), trust me I speak from experience.
Do check out my previous tutorials on crochet braiding . Please watch the video that inspired this post on youtube, it would mean a lot to me if you do.
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts on crochet braiding. Please do let me know your experience with crochet braids or protective styling in the comment section. Let’s have a good laugh together!