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 latch hook or 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 since 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 and even if you did contrary to what your fave youtubers make you believe ,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 and also keeps you away from that stylist in a wood shack just around the corner who has no patience and appreciation 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 , will get really wide and ugly as the hair gets older. It’s a good thing though because it means your hair us growing .
No one tells you that take down is the worst ! – I am not even joking ,the hardest part about crochet braid is the take down . The packs always state that the hair can be reused but 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 .
The only way you can reuse crochet braid hair is if its in twists or cornrows ,correct me if I am wrong . Word of advice just quit trying to save the hair and pick up a scissors but please 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 and also 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 below ,lets have a good laugh together !