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?

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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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Cherese AllNatural Campbell

LOVE THEM! Experimenting with crochet braids for the past 5 months!

Inez Smith

is it possible to do havan twists or anything like that with crochet

Cherese AllNatural Campbell

yep, this is marley twist, crochet braids. u can do literally anything with them. And its so cheap, and you can asily learn to do them yourself.

Ashley Kelly

Quick to put in and take out.

Cherese AllNatural Campbell

Nubian lock twist crochet braids

Grisel Da'Blanco

cute

Kwame Aboagye

Our sisters are so electricying wild and attractively sweet.

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……..

Calvetta Lane

Cute!!

Jessica Tru Wright

Have them in now and my hair loves them

Clenesia Holmes

Love it. What type of hair did you use?

Jessica Tru Wright

Thank you i used brazilan curl by freetress 1 1/2 packs

LaKeda Drummer-Bivins

Are these like old school latch hook braids or something else? Technique-wise….

BlackHairInformation.com

Pretty much the same

Inez Smith

shes dope

De'Ardrea Dee-dee Mckinzie

yes, i have them in now LOVE IT 😉

De'Ardrea Dee-dee Mckinzie

@ inez Yes u can do it with twist

Benita Always'wins

LOVE crochets getting more for the Christmas holiday, this was last year !

Keaira Steed

Hi what kind of hair did you use

Bernard Frazier

Ok, she is gorgeous

Tamara Simonne

I seen her channel before.

Jessica Henry

Benita Always’wins what kinda hair did u purchase?

Kandra T. Arends

I love this lady. She annuniciates and is very detailed with her instructions.

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.

Candace Hubbard

when i was like 11….i havent tried the more modern style of crochet braid, and i dnt plan on.

Shaniqua Martin

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

Ena Blue

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

Shaniqua Martin

Yeah I did. Wouldn’t recommend it tho. It was hard to blend. And thank you ^_^

Madmoiselle Genevie

Love it. What’s the name of the brand and how long did you keep it.

Alexandra Claire Wainwright

Please take that out!

Kimeve Edmonson

My fav do! Easy too. Knocked this style out first try.

Angel Akinyi

Lovely

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

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

TayJa Sims

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

Kendeana Berry

Yes! I loved it!!!! My profile picture is an example of how it looked

Laura H Howard

i’ve had them before, and i got sooo much compliments on how beautiful it was

Shana Andrews

I love Crochet braid; To do them is very time consuming..

Shaleka Norris

Yep got it in my hair now! It’s great!

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.

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.

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!!! 🙂

Tina Greene-Dugas

Love crochet braids! Yes they make your hair grow!

Samira Perry

Shardonnay Macias are you still enjoying yours???

Robin Sturdivant

I wore them back in 2005

Ericka Harrison

Yed in early 90s..

Dana McDowell

I am gonna try this soon..love this ..

Brenda Fitts

love this gonna try it

Marsi Martin

Yes I have it hurt like heck! #Neveragain

Pascha L. Lee-Linthicum

Been wearing them for over a decade… Love them!! Grew my hair like crazy…Get compliments all the time..:-)

Kathryn Anderson-Atkinson

Thank you this video was very informative. How long should these stay in and how do you care for them (washing etc.)

LaTasha Strahan

Cute!

LaTasha Strahan

I need to see is Marley hair comes in my colors….

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…

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

Malayna Abad

I love her vidoes.

Rayven Elisabeth Reeves

My fav & best protective style 3 years running!!

Siretta Bonds

I love crochet braid hairstyles, excellent protective style for the colder months

Tiaira Gary

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

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

Lakeisha Titwell

I do. I do my own. Works good

Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton

i love her vids. she and her husband are so cute together.