I’m continuing my series on crochet braids by sharing my favorite styling tutorials. There are tons of different looks you can create with this style, and of course it’s NOT just for naturalistas! Crochet braids are a great protective style for any hair type and texture. In fact, its a great way for relaxed ladies to temporarily have the “natural look” while still having straight hair. It also is a great style to help you transition to natural hair. If you missed my first two posts – check out the basics about crochet braids and the answers to frequently asked questions. Now, onto the tutorials!
Edgy Crochet Braids
I love The Brilliant Beuaty’s creative faux shaved side look in this tutorial. You can display the braids by pulling the hair to one side or twisting the loose hair to create an updo. Alternatively you can part the hair down the center and hide those braids away for a more traditional look.
How to Make a Crochet Braid Wig
Some people want the look of crochet braids without having to attache the hair to their cornrows. For you, in comes the wig! You can follow the same process of securing the marley hair using a latch hook except instead of doing it on your cornrows, you do it to a netted wig/weaving cap. Most ladies use plastic perm rods as shown in the video below to tame and curl the hair.
Crochet Braid Wig “Look” without the Crocheting!
It seems manufacturers have wisened up to the popularity of marley hair to create various looks and have began offering WEFTED marley hair! Smart! Now you can get the same look by making a wig without having to actually loop each piece of hair separately! Keri, aka Fabulosity is Me, shows how to create a crochet wig with wefted hair in the tutorial below.
Kinky Twists with Crochet Braids
Now THIS style, I love! When wearing marley hair loosely, even when curled in boiling water, it doesn’t stay looking nicely for longer than a few weeks. With this style however, you get the longevity of kinky twists without the pain and hassle of having them installed individually! Ingenious! I think I’ll be trying a variation of this style soon.
And that’s all folks! I’ve selected a few of the different hair types mentioned in the tutorials for those who are unfamiliar with marley, cuban twist or regular kinky kanakelon hair to make it easy for you to find.