Protective Styling – How To Install Crotchet Braids Tutorial

How To Do Crotchet Braids Tutorial

Recently we wrote about the decline of relaxer sales over the last few years since the popularity of the healthy hair movement. As some of the comments suggested, the decline in sales was likely due both women returning to natural hair as a whole along with relaxed hair ladies realizing that stretching their relaxers for 12+ weeks was healthier and led to longer hair than the recommended 6-8 week period.

It was also fascinating to discover that this switch away from relaxers didn’t necessarily mean that the average woman on the street was now rocking her natural texture, no, weaves and wig sales remained strong even growing in sales in certain locations. To the average person who has been involved in the hair care industry for any length of time, the reason for this is obvious: Protective Styling!

Yes, while many of us are finally embracing our natural textures; be in through transitioning to natural or in fact embracing new growth as part and parcel of having healthy relaxed hair, it’s obvious that we also still want long hair of our own. A lot of us now realize that the fastest way to get to long healthy hair of our own is through protective styling.

Crotchet braids can be worn by natural, transitioning or relaxed ladies, they are pretty easy to install and take down and of course it helps that they look great too.

Of course they are not “braids” in the truest sense of the word but rather one could look at them as an alternative to a sew in weave. The main benefit of crotchet braids is that they are lighter and you can use regular synthetic braiding hair to achieve really gorgeous looks without spending a fortune on extensions.

This tutorial below by HowToBlackHair is as detailed a tutorial as you will ever get on crotchet braids! It goes all the way from how best to part your hair gently if you are natural, through to which braiding pattern to choose and also a look at two different methods for installing the crotchet braids themselves.


The tutorial is quite long at just under an hour but you can skip to the good bits (as I often do) to learn what you really need to know. Enjoy!

Maintaining crotchet braids is pretty simple. Since you have very good access to your scalp you are able to wash them as often as you like and you can also moisturize and seal effectively with products of your choice.

I came to crotchet braids late myself but I’m a huge fan now and soon I will be doing a comparison of sew in weaves vs crotchet braids. Have you tried them before and what was your experience?

Originally posted 2013-11-21 20:30:18.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. Chaley Breaux

    They are great there are so many different styles you can do withit different hair types….just make sure you get someone who knows how to do it properly……..

  2. Phelecia Tonnie Ingram
    Phelecia Tonnie Ingram

    Loves love love them. My profile pic are the ones that I am rocking right now. So many hair choices and you can do certain hairstyles for under $10.

  3. Shaniqua Martin
    Shaniqua Martin

    Crochet Marley Hair. Loved it. Even straightened it and wore it in a twist out. Quick and easy to take out too ^_^

    1. Ena Blue
      Ena Blue

      It looks beautiful!!! Did you leave any hair out in the front because it sort of looks like you did? 🙂

  4. Jonie Wainwright

    i love this look i cant get it dont i live in jamaica west indies its the first im going to try it whats the name of the braids

  5. Deidra Bush

    I did and it was great. I had a leave out around my edges n people still didnt believe it wasnt my hair even when i told them

  6. TayJa Sims

    I have been wearing this style since the July and I love it!!! Its easy safe and a great protective style!!

  7. AlexxaRhea Lee

    Love em! My profile pic is my crochet braids. I love that I can do them myself and that There’s so many diverse styles.

  8. Darlene Elizabeth Brewster

    my hair grew like wild fire in crochet braids!! my only negative with them was I did them myself… took quite a bit of time… and my head itched like crazy! thought I had fleas on my scalp! no joke!! but I did like them.

  9. Ena Blue

    I loved the experience!!! Because my hair is natural I really dont have the time to be doing my hair especially since i am in the gym so much!!! 🙂

  10. Samantha Wint Agrios

    Thanks to you tube I mastered the technique..now I am on my second set. .I use soft dreads braiding hair but struggle to get them in the UK, so ordered in bulk from the states…

  11. Shenikqwa Mcduffie
    Shenikqwa Mcduffie

    I had this hair croch bread no one did know it wasnt my hair i did it my self for the 1st time and it came out nice! Its cheap to do it to

  12. Tiaira Gary
    Tiaira Gary

    Christina Parks this is what I did with my weave. Its not necessarily braids. Mine was like this loose weave.

  13. Jessie Gii

    I do them have for years and am working them now as we speak lol I love this very easy and great for my hair! I use pre-packaged curly braids

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