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Crochet braids

Posted on: May 21, 2011


Crochet braids
Crochet braids are a type of hairstyle option typically used by black women. As the name suggests, a crochet needle is used to weave packaged hair into natural hair that has been French braided or braided into corn rows. These types of braids are a favorite for many women because of the fact that they are a low-cost, low-maintenance way to easily change hair styles. These braids also are easy on the scalp, creating a quick, pain-free hairstyle that can allow for an easy get-up-and-go routine in the mornings.
In order to create these braids, one must know how to use a crochet needle and how to style several different types of braids. Some popular braid styles include twist braids, French braids and cornrow braids. Crochet braids typically are woven into, or crocheted into, hair that has been braided into one of these styles. Oftentimes, women gather in groups to style each other’s hair into these complicated braided styles because it often is easier to braid someone else’s hair than braiding one’s own. The braids also are commonly style in styling salons, which may be the easiest option but may cost a bit more.
There are two main effects women commonly use crochet braids to achieve. They often are used to add a splash of color to natural hair. The crochet braids can even be woven in to cover natural hair, leaving one complete braided hairstyle in the color of the purchased crochet braids. Crochet braids may also be used to create longer hair styles. Very long braids can be woven in and then cut to the desired length.
Crochet braids are a popular choice not only because they can help create a quick, fashionable hairstyle, but also because they’re a low-cost and low-maintenance way to change a hairstyle. Once the braids are woven in, daily hair-care requirements are typically greatly reduced. These types of braids also don’t cost a lot of money compared to many other extension options. These types of braids don’t require hair glue, caps or any of the other things that extensions sometimes require. The result is that this hair style is very easy on your scalp. People who have a sensitive scalp or who want to give their scalp a rest from more intense hairstyles may use these braids for awhile because of that reason.

How To Crochet Hair
NOTE: It is very hard to understand without a visual so here is a youtube video who helped me understand this style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fiLWQ_IFuE

1. Begin your style by separating your hair into small equal sections on your head, parting the hair from front to back. Begin creating small french braids in each section by picking up a one inch section from your separated row to braid, and then adding more hair from the row with each knot of your braid. Cornrow braid the entire head of hair from the forehead to the nape of the neck. Secure each row with a rubber band. This lays the plan for all desired styles.
2. Slide the hook end of the crochet needle under the first braid of the cornrow on the left side of the head with the hook pointing upwards.
3. Fold a small section of your packaged hair in half, holding it to leave a loop at the end.
4. Place the folded end of the hair around the hook of the crochet needle and pull the hair under the cornrow.
5. Using your fingers, pull the two loose ends of the packaged hair through the loop and tighten. The strand should lay over the top of the row, covering the natural braided hair.
6. Continue crocheting the hair down the cornrow leaving only small spaces between the rows until the entire head is covered.
7. Cut your hair to the desired style. Layered looks and Bob styles are popular with crochet braids along with long flowing one-length looks. Remove the added locks by simply cutting the packaged hair at the crocheted loop

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