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Crochet braids are fun, funky, sexy, conservative, temporary, and hot. They are everything and then some. Trendy? Sure. Worth trying? Most definitely, as this style is an alternative to the traditional sew-in hair weave. Crochet braids are not new. They were quite popular in the 90’s and reemerged in recent years.  The biggest difference is the newer versions are being created with human and synthetic hair with tighter texture and are now popular in the natural hair world. Now, this hairstyle has been hailed as a look for summer, but I’m here to tell you just how untrue that notion is. This is a year-round style to rock and I have four solid reasons why you need to give it a try this fall and winter.


Do not be fooled by the name, as they are quite versatile. Depending on the quality of the hair, it can be styled any way. You can get what is considered the traditional crochet braids (cornrows”> or more style-friendly options like the vixen crochet braids. This style consists of four cornrowed sections and leave-outs in the middle and perimeter. The vixen pattern allows for a more realistic natural appearance and style options like ponytails, ninja buns, or simply being able to pull all your hair to the back and not expose your parts.

Vixen crochet braid

You also have the option of what type of hair to rock. Most prefer a texture that is similar to their own. If you want to change your length, color, and density, then crochet braids are a less risky alternative to sew-ins, color treatments, and hair cuts.

Best crochet braids

There are also several techniques that are popping up and some without the need of a latch hook or crochet needle. I’ve even seen one where it was installed with a bobby pin!

Installing Marley Hair Crocket Braids with Bobby Pins

When it comes to this look the sky is the limit on what and how you can wear them, so no worries on being stuck with something boring. The styles only last anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks so you are not stuck with any look too long. This style allows you to get your money’s worth, as it is rather inexpensive.


Crochet braids are more affordable than sew-ins. Whether you install it yourself or have it installed, the hair and the labor can eat away at your money, especially if you buy good, quality hair to use. With crochet braids you are saving on the hair for sure. You can use human hair for crochet braids, but it is unnecessary, as most cut it out for removal. The style is short-lived, so no need spending a lot of money on hair or installation, as this style is easy to DIY.

Easy installation

The process is super simple. Bulk or braiding hair is attached to your own cornrowed hair using a latch hook without glue or thread. It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to install and if you have ever had box braids installed then you know that is a breath of fresh air. The application process is far quicker than that of a traditional sew-in, box braids, or even twists, and with naturals loving the DIY lifestyle, this is a simple solution for those who do not have the time, energy, or money to get it professionally installed.

Look great this winter gear while protecting your strands

Cooler temps are coming our way and a new season can always mean a new look. I love rocking new styles for my hair during colder months as much as I love adding color in warmer seasons, so it makes perfect sense to rock a hot protective style with your new winter wardrobe. Had short hair over the summer? Rock tons of hair this winter with crochet braids. One of the best reasons to do it during winter is the fact that our ends can experience a brittle beating during winter months. Rubbing against winter coats, hats, scarves, and just the cruel temps all add trouble for strands by causing split ends.  Want to look amazing this winter without a hassle? Just tuck those strands away and rock this inexpensive style hair as big and as bad as you want.

This article was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for clarity.

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