Crochet hair is a common sight in most hair supplies shops. The hairstyles that it can be used to create have boomed in popularity since the late nineties and early noughties, being influenced by the growing natural hair movement.
Finding the best hair for crochet braids can be pretty difficult because there are a number of different options available. A lot of black women prefer to sport natural-looking hair that feels soft and doesn’t get matted, three qualities that are quite hard to find together.
Today we are going to be exploring crochet hair, hairstyles and some of the best options that are currently available.
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The Main Decision
When you are looking to achieve a beautiful crochet braids look, there is a decision that you have to make before you make any other. Do you want to purchase real human hair or synthetic hair? Naturally, we are big fans of crochet braids that look real, but human hair has a few flaws that you need to know about.
Human Hair for Crochet Braids
Human hair is both a desirable thing and an undesirable thing in the world of crochet braids, depending on who you ask. It acts like normal hair and it can be easily washed, styled with hot tools and dyed. But, it is not easy to work with on your own. Here are some of the main factors that you need to consider before you purchase human hair for crochet braids:
Where does human hair come from?
There are a lot of ethical and moral implications when it comes to using human hair. Most of the human hair that is readily available on the market comes from India and China. If you are purchasing human hair, then you should make sure that your supplier can name the source so that you know that the people who grew it were paid fairly.
- If you are a lady who likes to sport some of the different styles that African American celebrities are currently rocking, then you will be happy to hear that human hair can be played with. You can use hot tools without the need for wax paper to re-create any style.
- Human hair is going to look real. If you buy high-quality human hair that hasn’t been dyed multiple times, then it will be shiny and healthy looking. You can’t quite achieve this look with synthetic hair.
- Human hair is softer than synthetic hair. There are a lot of synthetic hair brands that create hair that is soft to start with, but becomes rougher and more matted as the weeks pass.
- Your scalp can end up drying out when you wear synthetic crochet braids, but it does not dry out as much when sporting human hair.
- Human hair is ridiculously expensive when you compare it to what synthetic crochet hair costs.
- You cannot seal the ends of human hair with hot water like you can with synthetic hair. You need to physically tie a knot into each end. This can be a really time consuming process. If the hair is really soft and smooth, then it might not even seal with a knot.
- Human hair is pretty difficult to work with, especially if you are new to the world of DIY crochet braiding. You cannot use a single knot like you would with synthetic crochet braiding techniques because the hair is prone to slipping and not dense enough to hold with a single knot.
- A lot of human hair has been heavily treated with chemicals and dyes, meaning that it is no longer healthy. This takes place so that the hair is the right colour and the right texture. If you want to go swimming in chlorinated pools, then this could potentially cause an unwanted chemical reaction.
Synthetic Hair for Crochet Braids
Most crochet hair is made out of bulk synthetic fibres, meaning that it contains no human hair. If you were going to be doing a weave, then you would need to choose synthetic fibres that come as a weft. If you are going to be crochet braiding, then it comes as single strands that are often referred to as bulk.
Unfortunately, the quality of the synthetic fibres can vary greatly. Some synthetic fibres may look like human hair, whereas others might not.
- Given how popular synthetic hair is, there are hundreds of different options to choose from. Different colours, different textures, different lengths, different styles. You can achieve almost any look with synthetic crochet hair.
- Synthetic hair is not difficult to work with, even if you are new to the world of crochet braiding. It doesn’t slip anywhere near as much as human hair does and it can be tied with a single knot.
- The ends of crochet braids can be sealed with hot water. This can save you a lot of time that you would otherwise have to spend putting a knot into the bottom of each of them.
- Synthetic hair for crochet braids is really affordable, especially when you compare it to how much human hair costs.
- Some brands manufacture synthetic hair that looks a little bit strange. Sometimes it is unnaturally shiny, sometimes it looks far too dull. These are things that can really take away from the “natural hair” vibe that we all want to rock.
- Some synthetic hair can really start to dry out your scalp and your own hair. If you are worried about this, then you can make sure that you replenish moisture by following the tips that can be found later in this article.
- Synthetic hair can be easily damaged by things like friction and heat.
The Best Choice
In our opinion, synthetic hair is the best choice for most people. It is incredibly affordable, easy enough to use on your own and it can be used to create any style that you want to rock. You shouldn’t have to spend hours fiddling around with slippery hair or tying knots into each braid.
Best Hair for Crochet Braids available on market 2018
As you can see from all of the information above, there are plenty of different factors that you need to consider when you are choosing hair for crochet braids. From twist crochet hair to Senegalese crochet hair, there is something out there that will suit your needs and enable you to create the look that you want. Here are some of our favourites:
1. Marlybob Crochet Hair
This Marlybob Crochet Hair measures approximately 8” and it can be used to create some beautiful short styles. It comes in bundles of six, each of which contains around twenty strands. For most people, this will be more than enough to cover an entire head.
We have found that this hair can be attached securely to the head quickly and with ease, as long as you are using a traditional cornrow method. You don’t have to worry about any of your knots loosening easily either.
What We Like:
This Marlybob Crochet Hair is incredibly soft to touch and light on the head. This is something that you need to put a lot of thought into because you don’t want your crochet braids to leave you feeling like your head is weighed down. We would note that this hair has been designed and manufactured to feel more like human hair than some alternative products do.
The pack that you receive with these bundles comes with a crochet pin, meaning that you can get straight to work. If you do have a lot of space on your head, or you like to create voluminous styles, then we would advise that you buy two packs of six bundles so that you won’t be left short. There is nothing worse than running out of hair while you are crochet braiding!
2. Refined Hair Ombre Malibob Crochet Hair
This Refined Hair Ombre Malibob Crochet Hair measures approximately 12” and features some beautiful ombre curls. This synthetic hair is quite unusual because it is capable of withstanding some high temperatures, meaning that you could use some hot tools with it. Once you have installed this crochet hair, it should sit just below your shoulders.
We have found that this crochet hair is not as long lasting as some alternative products are, but it is incredibly affordable and it is great for creating short-term styles with. If you like to change your look a lot, then this is the sort of hair that you should go for.
What We Like:
These braids can actually be customised so that you can choose the exact colour that you want when you purchase them. This is important because it means that you don’t have to mess around attempting to colour them on your own. They are also light on the head once they have been installed, so you won’t feel like they are pulling your hair out at your cornrows.
We would actually recommend that you purchase two packs of Refined Hair Ombre Malibob Crochet Hair. If you have a full head to cover or you like voluminous styles, then you will struggle with just one. Each pack comes with a hook so that you can easily install this hair straight away.
3. Short Marlybob Crochet Hair
Are you currently trying to find some beautiful, soft, short crochet hair? If you are, then this Short Marlybob Crochet Hair measures approximately 8”. It comes as two packs that contain six small bundles of synthetic hair, each of which is pretty thin. If you are looking to create a thick hairstyle with this hair, then you will need to purchase more than one.
What We Like:
We love the fact that this Short Marlybob Crochet Hair can be customised by the manufacturer. This can enable you to achieve the colour that you want to without having to do any of the hard work.
We have found that this short crochet hair lasts for quite a long time when it is installed and it feels quite soft to touch. Make sure that you look after it properly if you do want to keep it for a few weeks. When it starts to frizz, you can use coconut oil to re-twist the crochet hair and the curls will lock back into place.
4. Mirra’s Mirror Senegalese Crochet Hair
Senegalese crochet hair is beautiful and it can be used to create a number of timeless styles. Mirra’s Mirror Senegalese Crochet Hair is also known as kanekalon hair. This means that it is made out of vinyl chloride, a flame retardant material.
This crochet hair is also naturally shiny and soft to touch. When installed, it is quite light on the head, but how light it is will depend on how many strands you install. The pack does come with a crochet hook so that you can install this crochet hair straight away.
What We Like:
This beautiful Senegalese crochet hair comes as packs of six, each of which contains approximately thirty strands of crochet hair. We would estimate that you will need six or seven packs to fill an entire head and this 14” hair will sit well below your shoulders once it has been installed.
5. Flyteng Soft Crochet Hair
Are you looking to achieve a really long and stylish crochet hairstyle? If you are, then these Flyteng Soft Crochet Hair dreadlocks might catch your eye. Each strand measures approximately 20”, so they are more than capable of sitting against your mid to lower back once they have been installed.
We have found that this crochet hair does not last as long as some alternatives do, but it is really good for achieving short-term looks. You will look like a hot mess after you have had this crochet hair installed for a few days!
What We Like:
This hair feels gorgeous. It is nice, soft to touch and incredibly easy to install. A pretty corkscrew like curl pattern can be found on the ends of each strand, which are really easy to manage once they have been installed. Please note that they could get tangled and treat them with some care.
6. Alicequeenhair Crochet Hair
Another brilliant long look could potentially be attainable with this 18” deep twist Alicequeenhair Crochet Hair. It is made out of synthetic fibres and it is really easy to install as long as you are using the traditional cornrow method.
This hair is really lightweight once it is installed using the cornrow method. This means that you don’t have to worry about horrible conditions like traction alopecia or the weight of your hair making your neck and shoulders ache.
What We Like:
We love the fact that this crochet hair enables you to achieve a traditional box braids look without the need to sit in a chair for hours and hours. Each pack of this crochet hair contains enough hair for most people to do a full head, depending on how much volume you like your hair to have.
7. Refined Hair Senegalese Crochet Braids
You are probably already aware of how beautiful Senegalese crochet braids can look once they have been installed. These Refined Hair Senegalese Crochet Braids come in an array of different colours and lengths, enabling you to choose a colour and length that you really want.
Each set comes with seven packets and each packet contains approximately thirty strands of crochet hair. This should be more than enough for most people to cover a full head.
What We Like:
These Senegalese twist crochet braids can actually be used to achieve a cute curly look, as long as you use the roll and hot water method. If you use all of the strands that you receive, then your head could end up feeling quite heavy. Try to concentrate on the weight of your head while you are installing these and make sure that you do not install more than you can cope with.
8. Befunny Senegalese Crochet Braids
If you are looking for long hair for your crochet braids, then these Befunny Senegalese Crochet Braids might catch your eye. Each strand measures approximately 18” and this set comes with eight packs, which will normally be more than enough to cover a full head.
The ombre colour at the end of these crochet braid strands is quite pretty, but the synthetic hair does have quite a funny smell to it. We would advise that you work that out as soon as it arrives.
What We Like:
These Befunny Senegalese Crochet Braids are notoriously easy to use and install, even if you are new to the world of crochet braiding. They come with the hook that you need and all of the twists are uniform and medium sized, meaning that they are easy to grip.
9. Janet Collection Mambo Twist Crochet Braids
Are you looking for some eye catching Havana twist crochet braids to wear over the festival season? If you are, then these Janet Collection Mambo Twist Crochet Braids might be perfect for you. They come pre-twisted and you only need 3 – 5 packs of strands to cover your entire head.
You might be looking at these and thinking about how heavy they are, but they are actually really lightweight once they have been crocheted in. They measure approximately 24” and they are super easy to install because of how large they are.
What We Like:
If you are looking for some thicker twists, then you shouldn’t even carry on reading the review section of this article. These could be great for you. They come in an array of gorgeous colours and textures. We would just advise that you order enough to cover your entire head.
10. Water Wave Crochet Hair
These 22” strands are bound to catch some attention. Water Wave Crochet Hair is normal synthetic braiding hair, but it has been brought to us by a brand that specialises in manufacturing hair that is more capable of withstanding water than some other types are.
We would like to state that while this hair does come in different colours, the options that involve less dye and colour are less likely to frizz. You should only need 4 – 6 packs to cover your entire head, depending on how much volume you like.
What We Like:
We have noticed that Water Wave Crochet Hair is incredibly soft to touch and not as coarse as some alternative options. It lasts for a few weeks once it has been installed, as long as it is maintained properly. In our experience, this crochet hair lasts for a maximum of six weeks before it starts to look a little bit nappy and distressed.
11. Bobbi Boss Senegal Faux Crochet Hair
This beautiful Bobbi Boss Senegalese Crochet Hair measures approximately 20”. This means that, once it has been installed, it sits halfway down your back. It is worth noting that this hair is quite heavy, so you will have to be careful and make sure that you do not install as many strands as you usually would.
It is really easy to install too many strands. Concentrate while you are installing each strand and stop when you feel like your head is carrying too much weight.
What We Like:
We love the fact that these Senegalese crochet braids are really easy to install. Each strand comes with a pre-made loop, meaning that you don’t have to thread each one back and forth with the crochet hook to create a loop of your own. Naturally, this is something that will save you a lot of time.
12. Harlem 125 Synthetic Crochet Hair
If you are looking for hair that you can really swish around your head, then this Harlem 125 Synthetic Crochet Hair might catch your eye. It is made out of synthetic kanekalon. You do have to be quite careful when you use crochet hair like this, because it cannot be brushed when wet and you will have to drip dry it if you do get it wet. Do not expect it to be shiny like human hair is.
What We Like:
We would say that this hair is soft to touch and pretty to look at, but our favourite thing about this crochet hair is the fact that it is really easy to work with. Each strand can be separated easily without tangling up.
It is worth noting that you will have to use more than one knot when you are installing strands of this synthetic hair. A single knot would loosen and come undone after just a few days.
13. Jamaican Twist Braiding Hair
This Jamaican Twist Braiding Hair is certainly worth paying a little bit of attention to. It features a traditional Marley braid pattern with loose curls, but the texture of the synthetic hair itself is incredibly soft.
What We Like:
We will start by saying that we do not like this synthetic hair as much as we like some of the alternative options that we are reviewing, but we do like the fact that it can be tailored to meet your needs. It comes in three different colours and it could be used to create some cute, short hairstyles.
14. Biba Soft Crochet Hair
This soft hair is a great example of synthetic hair that looks and feels as though it could be human hair from a distance. Biba Soft Crochet Hair is made out of something called toyokalon, a premium synthetic fibre.
It is worth noting that this crochet hair is short and strong, making it a great option for a cute, curly look. Most people will need approximately four packs to cover their entire head, but some people will need more. We would always advise that you buy more than you need because there is nothing worse than running out of hair while you are crocheting!
What We Like:
We love the fact that this synthetic hair is made out of toyokalon. Toyokalon was actually the first PVC fibre to be developed for crochet braids and it has a strong reputation across the world. It is a flame-retardant material that is soft to touch and looks quite natural.
15. FreeTress Soft Crochet Braiding Hair
This FreeTress Soft Crochet Braiding Hair is a great option for people who are looking to keep hold of long lasting crochet hair. We have found that it usually lasts for around six weeks once it has been installed.
Each of the strands that come in the packs are lightweight enough to not make your neck/shoulders ache as soon as you have them installed. They are also low maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about keeping them looking nice.
What We Like:
We love the fact that FreeTress Soft Crochet Braiding Hair strands are really easy to install. They each come with loops that have been pre-made and the set comes with a crochet and latch hook. Naturally, both of these things make the installation process much easier than it otherwise would have been.
What is Crochet Hair?
Crochet hair is used alongside crochet braiding, a technique that enables us to add extensions to the hair. It is also commonly referred to as “the crochet method” by people across the world. Generally speaking, this is done by cornrowing one’s hair and then adding the extensions to the cornrows, but other methods are gaining in popularity.
Crochet braiding is not like a weave as the hair that is used is loose, whereas the hair that is used for a weave is on a weft. Each loose strand is not sewn in either, it has to be looped under the cornrows. This is done using a specialised tool called a crochet needle and then secured with a knot.
Is Crochet Hair Safe?
Plenty of different hair styles can be created using synthetic hair and the crochet braiding method. We will be among the first to hold our hands up and say that crochet braiding could potentially damage your own hair, just like a lot of other protective hairstyles can.
The damage that could potentially be caused can be avoided. It usually occurs during the initial installation process. When we loop each of the strands underneath the cornrows, we have to be careful and make sure that they do not pull on the cornrows too much. That sort of tension could potentially cause traction alopecia.
To avoid this, we would also advise that you make sure that your own hair is really healthy before you go on your crochet hair adventure.
Using Crochet Hair
There are numerous different ways in which you could use crochet hair as it can be used to create a lot of different styles. Some of our favourites include:
1. Crochet Box Braids
Anyone who has had box braids before will know just how tedious they can be. They usually require hours and hours of just sitting around and waiting while someone pulls and tugs at your hair. Crochet box braids are different because they have been pre-made. This means that you don’t have to wait for each strand to be individually braided during the installation process.
As Seun shows us, it is more than possible to get natural looking box braids without having to work for hours and hours:
2. Short Crochet Braids
We love short crochet braids because they can give you the opportunity to pull off a playful and rather cheeky look. You could quite easily rock a curly pixie cut or some sort of volume packed bob. These looks can be ideal for special occasions.
Short crochet braids are really easy to install, as you can see in this video by LivinFearless87:
3. Long Crochet Braids
One of our favourite things about crochet braids is the fact that no look is off limits and everything is attainable. If you want to rock a head full of long hair, then you can. It is worth noting that some people struggle with the weight of longer hair. If you are not sure how you will cope, then you should work your way up to really long hair.
Installing long hair is still a really easy thing to do, as OnlyOneJess shows us in the following video:
4. Marley Crochet Braids
Marley crochet braids tend to stand out because they are usually made out of a synthetic hair that is much coarser than traditional synthetic hair. It resembles natural hair closely and it is often worn in twists.
Check out the following video by CADIA ISATU to see a quality Marley hair braid out tutorial:
5. Senegalese Twist Crochet Braids
If you have read our reviews, then you will already know just how beautiful Senegalese braids can be. They are generally smaller and sleeker than Marley braids, making them more defined.
Here you can see Tommie Marie create a set of picture perfect Senegalese twists:
6. Havana Twist Crochet Braids
Senegalese twists are much smaller than Marley braids, but Havana twists are the opposite end of the spectrum. They are much larger than them both in diameter and they tend to stand out quite a lot.
Check out the following video to see TheBrilliantBeauty show us how to make this classic look natural:
7. Curly Crochet Braids
What girl doesn’t want to experience a full head of curls when they are going out? The best crochet braid curls are the ones that match what you want. You could go for anything from beach curls to tight ringlets.
If you want to see a full set of long curls finished to perfection, then have a look at TheBrilliantBeauty:
8. Knotless Crochet Braids
Do you like to change your mind about your hairstyle frequently? Don’t worry, we do too. Knotless crochet braids are definitely worth looking into if you do. They enable you to hide your knots, especially in areas where they are likely to show – like your parting.
If you want to try out some different styles, then check out this expert tutorial that has been brought to us by Nancie Lee:
9. Vixen Crochet Braids
The intricacy and beauty of vixen crochet braids is what really makes people all around the world pay attention to them. They can easily make knots disappear and give their wearer a number of different styling opportunities.
It is worth noting that doing vixen crochet braids on your own is notoriously difficult. But, IdaraJoy has a pretty great DIY method that you could use:
10. Straight Crochet Braids
When straight crochet braids are done properly they can look amazing. They enable you to achieve a polished and natural look. Depending on the type of hair that you choose to go with, you might even be able to use a hair straightener to polish them up even more.
Seun has yet again got us covered with this look:
11. Crochet Jumbo Box Braids
If you are heading to a festival and you want to achieve an eye-catching look, then you need to go with a set of crochet jumbo box braids. They are perfect for the season and they can be installed in less than an hour. What more could you want?
Assunta Conyers has got the crochet technique for these braids covered:
As you can see, there are dozens of different hairstyles that you could try out using the crochet braiding method. We would recommend that you start off with one of the ones that we have listed and work your way up to the ones that are significantly more challenging.
A Beginner’s Guide to Using Crochet Hair
One of the best things about crochet hair and crochet braiding is that the two of them are more than suitable for a DIY hair adventure. You can try these styles out on your own without having to worry about things going wrong.
Naturally, we would advise that you make sure that you know how to cornrow your hair first. You don’t even have to worry about your cornrows being messy because they will be covered up by the extensions.
Before you can even begin to think about crocheting your hair, you will need to make sure that you are as prepared as possible. Make sure that you have a crochet needle to hand as you will be completely lost without one.
Try to remember that your own hair is going to be hidden under the crochet hair. This means that you will need to make sure that it is in really good condition before you hide it away. We would recommend that you use a high-quality conditioner and do some deep conditioning treatments beforehand.
You could also think about using something like coconut oil or argan oil on your hair to add as much moisture as possible. This will help your hair in the long run. If you take vitamins regularly, then you could also take a vitamin that has been designed with the health of your hair in mind.
A Step-by-Step Guide
- Before you can begin to crochet braid your hair, you need to cornrow all of your actual hair. Your cornrows do not need to be perfectly tidy as they are going to be hidden away.
- Take a single strand of crochet hair and add it to your hair using the crochet needle. You can do this by gently sliding the crochet needle under one of your cornrows with the latch closed. You then have to open the latch, hook the crochet hair onto the needle and close the latch.
- Once the hair is caught inside of the crochet needle, you can pull both the crochet needle and the crochet hair under the cornrow to create a loop. You will know if you have done this right because the loop will be on one side of the cornrow and the tails will be on the other.
- Take both of the tails and fold them over the top of the cornrow. You should then put them through the loop, but avoid pulling them tight straight away.
- Before you pull them tight, you need to twist the loop around with your fingers and put the tails through the loop again and again and possibly again, depending on the hair that you are using. Once you have done this, you can pull on the tails to tighten and secure the crochet hair in place.
- Now that you have successfully installed one strand of crochet hair, you can install all of the rest! Stop once you have achieved your desired look and make sure that you don’t make your hair too heavy.
Breanna Rutter has a phenomenal video that could enable any beginner to crochet hair:
Our Tips and Tricks
There are plenty of different tips and tricks for installing and maintaining crochet braids. Here are some of our favourites:
The Cleaner the Better
You should always install crochet braids when your hair is clean. Use a moisturising conditioner and deep condition your hair before you cornrow it and hide it away for a few weeks!
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
We are not joking when we say that you should deep condition your hair before you get to work with your crochet needle. You need to make sure that your hair is moisturised and healthy. We would also recommend that you use a nourishing oil for a few weeks before you crochet braid your hair – coconut oil and argan oil are great options!
Gaps are Good
When you are installing crochet braids, you need to make sure that you space all of your new hair out appropriately. If you don’t space it out enough at the back, then it will become full quicker than you expect it to. Start minimally. Add more hair to the areas where you need more volume and take hair away from certain areas if there is too much.
At the back of your head, the crochet braid knots will not be too visible. At the front of your head, you might want to use some thinner strands. This will help to hide the knots that are at the front of your head.
Creating a Pattern
You can create loads of different patterns with crochet braids. We would advise that you start simple when you are first starting out, but make sure that you cornrow your hair all the way to the back. If you know that you are going to have a parting in your hair, then you should try to keep the cornrows closer together where it will be. This will stop the parting from being too wide.
1. Are tree braids and crochet braids the same thing?
No, tree braids and crochet braids are not the same thing. But, they are quite similar. Tree braids hair is cornrowed using extensions. As the cornrow continues, more and more hair is added. This means that bits of the cornrow are left protruding (usually at the front of the head). Once it extends past where your hair ends, a knot is tied to stop it from unravelling.
Crochet braids have more in common with a weave than they do with tree braids hair. A crochet needle has to be used to sew the crochet braids into hair that has already been cornrowed. This can usually be done in several hours, making it much less time consuming than tea tree braids are.
2. Can you do crochet braids with human hair?
You can do crochet braids with real human hair, but we would recommend that you use synthetic hair if you are a beginner. Most people use synthetic hair because it makes it much easier to achieve the look that you want to achieve. Human hair is also quite expensive and hard to work with because of how slippery it can be.
3. Can you wash crochet braids after they have been installed?
It is really, really difficult to wash crochet braids after they have been installed. You cannot wash crochet braids the way that you would wash your own hair. This is because you would run the risk of loosening the knots. There are a lot of people who don’t wash their hair while they are wearing crochet braids. If you don’t wear them for longer than a few weeks at a time, then you could get away with this.
4. How do you wash crochet braids then?
If you do need or want to wash your crochet braids after they have been installed, then you will need to be careful. We would recommend that you mix hot water and shampoo in a spray bottle and spray it onto your scalp. Try to lightly massage it into your scalp with your fingers.
When you are ready to, you can try to gently rinse the mixture out of your hair. You can then condition your hair in the same way if you would like to. Or, you can spray your cornrowed hair with some sort of leave in conditioner. This will add moisture to your natural hair.
This method works because it enables you to pay close attention to your scalp and your natural hair, opposed to paying attention to your crochet hair. If you are using human hair, then you will be able to wash it and condition it.
5. Are crochet braids reusable?
You can wash and reuse some crochet hair as long as you are careful with it. We would recommend that you follow the following tutorial by MakeupMesha:
6. How long do crochet braids last?
The answer to this question depends on the crochet hair that you purchase and use. If you are buying your crochet hair from a reputable source, then you should be able to get 4 – 8 weeks of life out of it. Your own maintenance routine could affect this too.
7. Are crochet braids heavy?
Whether or not crochet braids are heavy depends on a few different things. The quality of the synthetic hair that you use and the weight of the hair that you use are just two of the factors that could affect this. The number of braids that you choose to install could also affect how heavy your hair feels.
8. Can you swim with crochet braids?
Most crochet braid hairstyles will not survive if you choose to go swimming with them on your head. This is because your hair will quickly become heavy and start to weigh your head down. If you do want to go swimming, then you should make sure that you choose a brand that has designed their hair with swimming in mind.
9. Can you get crochet braids wet?
We would highly recommend that you avoid getting crochet braids too wet unless you really have to (we understand that you can’t help it if you get caught out in the rain). If you need to wash your hair, then you should mix shampoo and hot water together in a spray bottle. Focus on your scalp and try to be gentle while you are massaging your hair and rinsing the shampoo out.
10. How can you make sure that human hair crochet braids come from reliable and sustainable sources?
If you know that you want to buy some human hair crochet braids, then you should make sure that your supplier can tell you where the hair has come from. A lot of reputable sellers will be more than willing to tell you whether or not the heads that it was sourced from were fairly paid for their hair.
Human hair crochet braids are expensive so you should make sure that your supplier can give you this information. If they can’t, then you should go purchase your crochet braids elsewhere.
11. Can crochet braids damage your natural hair?
Yes, crochet braids can damage your natural hair. This usually only occurs when your own hair is unhealthy or when they are pulling on your cornrows to the point where they cause traction alopecia. There are plenty of horror stories around the internet, but lots of them also offer helpful advice to people who want to wear crochet braids regularly.
If your hair has become damaged by using crochet braids, then you could also think about using a hair growth product. There are plenty of different options available, from oils to supplements.
12. How do you maintain crochet braids on a daily basis?
You can maintain your crochet braids by treating them the same way that you would treat your natural hair. Try to keep them moisturised. Some people use aloe vera water, whereas others use coconut oil and argan oil. You should also make sure that you don’t over moisturise, as it could potentially cause oil to build up too much in your cornrows.
13. How do you sleep with crochet braids?
The easiest way to sleep with crochet braids involves covering them up while you are in bed. You could easily do this with a bonnet. You don’t need to stick to a difficult and time consuming routine. We would advise that you use an oil on your scalp, pineapple your hair if you want to and place a bonnet over your hair. Easy!
It is really easy to see why people are turning to crochet braids to achieve a range of different looks. We hope that you can use this guide to create some beautiful looks with natural-looking textures! Remember to take your time if it is your first time crochet braiding your hair.