I recently discovered a new (to me) hairstyle called crochet braids. I was and still am super pumped about the hair style, however I am thoroughly bummed that they just don’t work for my hair type (insert crying face emoji here). I encourage you to keep reading though, by the time I am done you may discover that crotchet braids are for you, and if not, well then I apologize for being a huge let down.
As a child did you ever make one of those latch hook rugs, you know, the kind that comes in a pack from Wal-Mart or JoAnne’s crafts? You know with the frame pattern, all the little pieces of yarn, and the little crochet hook and you make a rug of Snoopy’s face or something equally as embarrassing. That is basically the concept of crochet braiding except it is way cooler to have nice hair rather than an ugly shag rug. So let me lay this out for you step by step, the hair not the rug. You will need, a latch hook (purchase on Amazon or at your local beauty supply) your hair of choice (my head required 7 packs), braiding hair (optional) rubber bands, a weave needle and some thread.
Step 1: Pick your braid pattern! I personally chose the vixen braid pattern, since it is extremely versatile and allows for my favorite, a middle part, and most importantly you can put your hair up!
Step 2: Braid your hair, or if you’re as lazy as I am find someone else to do it. I then suggest you use a little bit of tea tree oil on your scalp. It is a natural antibacterial oil, which will help maintain a healthy scalp and clean hair while you are wearing your crotchet braids. It will also help with any itching or dryness you may have. Once your hair is braided take your needle and thread and sew your braids down, or have your hairstylist do so for you.
Step 3: The fun part! Get your hook and your hair ready! I chose to use FreeTress hair in the water wave curl pattern for my look. When you begin you are going to take your latch hook and push it underneath the section of the braid you are inserting the hair to. You are then going to take a lock of the hair and fold it to your desired length, insert the loop into the hook, make sure the latch is closed and pull the strand of hair through. After that take the strand and feed it through the loop to create a knot. Separate the hair into two strands and knot the hair once more and tighten to secure. After you repeat this step about a million times over you’ll be done, and you might have a hand cramp, but it’ll be worth it.
Like I said, I love the look, versatility, and ease of crotchet braids BUT personally they just are not for me (sad face). My attempt at crochet braids taught me several things, one of them being that at some point I have to stop ignoring the fact that I am mostly a white girl. I am half white and half Asian and it becomes increasingly frustrating that I cannot wear many of the hairstyles that I admire due to my hair type.
Don’t get me wrong, the appearance of my crochet braids had me feeling myself more than Nicki and Beyoncé combined, but the down falls eventually outweighed the importance of appearance. My scalp itched so bad I regularly stuck a pencil in my hair to make the suffering go away, and after a few days my braids began to loosen up, even with the braiding hair in there to reinforce them, thus the entire style slowly started to fall apart. Unfortunately caucasian hair generally is too thin, and fine to hold up when styled in a manner such as corn rows, or anything similar. Thus why my crotchet braids began to come apart and unravel.
The concept of crochet braids is amazing and in my opinion one of the better protective styles out there. If you can wear a traditional sew in weave you can more than likely handle crotchet braids and they are even safer for your natural locks. Might I also mention if you’re a fan of individual braids or box braids that the crochet braid method can be used to install pre braided hair as well? I wish someone had let me in on that little secret before I sat in the braiding shop dying of dehydration and starvation for 9 hours while two women yanked on my hair causing major neck spasms.
Bascially my bottom line is crochet braids are a YAY not a nay (for some of us), they are a great protective style, or a great way to change your hair color with out taking permanent measures, or a way to change up your hair texture. IF your hair can handle it. Women, and men with caucasian hair tread lightly, and take precaution if you choose to go ahead with crotchet braids. I suggest you reinforce your cornrows with braiding hair, and make sure your braids are neat and tight, but not so tight they hurt your scalp and do not yank too hard on your braids while attaching the hair. If braided too tightly extreme breakage can occur, and then the only option you’ll have left is to pull a Britney and shave your head.
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