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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Alicia Adanna

Yes that’s whut I have in right now and i love love love it… About 3 wks in now…

Cathrine De Roche Wiggins

I have and I love it

Stephie Smith

I did the crotchet braids myself 1 month ago. I used marley hair. Its easy actually, takes a bit of time though. It looks great in the end. Also, my edges weren’t so stressed. I will definitely be using this method more regularly.

Anita Copeland

Just took mine out, best decision ever. My edges that havent grown in years finally started growing. Getting them done again real soon….

Jacquelyn Montague

I have them in now and will be reinstalling more today. Great for transitioners such as myself.

Shaunda Harris

Love it! Its quick, easy and lasts a few weeks!

Constance TwinTink Ross

I have crotchet nubian that i did about 3 weeks ago. They are a great protective style, easy on edges and very easy to manage.

Sapphira Hayward

I’ve had them three times. Currently wearing them now. Haven’t mastered how to keep them from slipping though and wish I could find hair that doesn’t shed so much, but they are pretty good to have and looks natural

Kaii Anderson

Watching her videos taught me how to do Havana twist

Neresa Smith

I have worn them in my actual hair and as a wig.
Watched Brianna and a few other ladies do it on YouTube.

Iysha Smith

Currently wearing them now.I love them to keep them form slipping out tie them twice.

Stacie Hart

How much does this cost?

Chandradaughterof Janettegranddaughter Ofjames

Got tired of doing my hair and just had my daughter put some in to keep me from running back to the creamy crack. They are so cute and the Marley hair looks awesome. Best decision I made for a protective style.

Ni-Ni Henderson

No because whenever I saw people with them while growing up, it looked very ugly, executed poorly, and cheap. Nowadays it looks worth doing to my hair, but for me, I can do other styles that include weaves that achieve the same exact results everyone is talking about, if not better, and it would only take a fraction of the time.

Shamieka Wilson

Umm im sure its not called crotchet but crochet. **Ijs**

Cynthia Layeni

I just installed my 2nd set for the first time and I love the way it turned out. I love them and the fact that it’s no stress on your head.

Lynnette Holley

I put them in my daughter’s hair, best decision ever. No breakage to her natural and I was able to get to her scalp and clean it weekly.

Danielle Chambers

In the process of an install right now

Christina Miller

Yes, I just installed them two days ago. It took me much longer to do this time because I did smaller braids across the front. This is only my second time doing crochet braids but I will continue to improve.

Shuga Johnson

I wear them with jerry curly like hair and really like it. I’ve never paid a professional so every time I’ve had them has looked different but cute. I am trying the Marley hair next time!

Abimbola Oduwole

its a great protective style with easy removal.i used prebraided extensions with mine,so it was like having micro braids but without the stresss on your scaalp. plus when the extensions are braided, you can wash and reuse them with ease, so you save money! i’m gonna curl mine with water for the next time i use them, its a beautiful style.

Candi Ballard-Zolicoffer

I useto wear them back in the day when I was in my teens thats when I first started going natural I loved it it stayed up for a couple months and it really grew my hair out

Drina No'MoreLyes Phillip

I listen to her videos but the way she explains her video annoys me a little. I wish she didn’t sound so rehearsed … I do give it to her though she give you a lot of details but for me personally I get lost after she repeats it….