Crochet Hairstyle-The FAQs That Get You Through the Basics

Crochets braids have become quite the sensation out there, and African American women recently discovered that having their braids sewn saves them time and looks good too. Anyone can wear some curls today, and impress the audience with a set of braids tomorrows.

Crochet hairstyle is a protective style, and African American women fancy it more and more.

What’s the brief definition of crochet hairstyle?

You cannot have a crochet hairstyle just like that; you would have to have braided cornrows at the base of your hair first.

It’s a hairstyle that is already braided, which makes it so easy to install, without losing the natural feel to it.

One of the most common problems is when the cornrows are braided tight to the scalp, causing tension on the follicles. In time, your hair is going to get thinner and even falls to get your hair braided in cornrows right at its base

Are there any parts visible when having crochet hairstyle?

As long as the technique is right, you shouldn’t have any visible parts when having your hair crocheted. A braid pattern that covers the cornrow base entirely isn’t impossible to obtain. You always want to add braiding hair to the cornrows so that you reduce the stress off your natural hair.

How durable is a crochet hairstyle?

Most crochet braid hairstyle is going to last between 4 to 8 weeks, but it can be even longer than that. It depends a lot on how sophisticated the braid pattern is, but also how you take care of your styled hair. The quality of the braiding plays a big part in the durability too.

Let’s not forget that crochet hairstyle is a protective style that is meant to last for eight weeks or so. You don’t want to overdo it as you may damage and break your natural hair by keeping it crocheted for too long.

Which style should you choose?

There are plenty of styles that you can try with crochet braids, and you may quickly become overwhelmed by the numerous possibilities.

If it’s your first time, you should begin with doing due diligence about it and try to figure out which is your perfect fit. It may help you calm down about the whole crochet operation.

Take a look at the many styles out there and make an idea about which one you like the most. It’s a bit more challenging the first time, and you’re going to dare to try various styles after a while.

What kind of hair should you use for crochet braids?

Synthetic and human hair are valid options, but you can also look for braiding hair which isn’t attached to the weft (like in the case of weaving hair).

Can you try crochet hairstyle on relaxed hair?

Just like any other protective hairstyle (individual braids or weave), crochet hairstyle goes for the relaxed hair too. You can braid the natural hair, no matter if it’s relaxed or not.

One thing to keep in mind is that you have to take the condition of your natural hair into consideration prior installation. How your natural hair is for the moment being counts for the results.

As you may know, relaxing the hair may weaken the hair, so installing braids on top of relaxed hair can worsen its condition and damage it for a long time.

If it’s mandatory, you should wait a couple of weeks after relaxing the hair before trying a crochet hairstyle.

How many packs of hair does one need for a crochet braid hairstyle?

In all fairness, the volume, the length, and bulk hair choice count a lot when figuring out how much hair you need for crochet hairstyle.

Your style of choice also matters for the final amount, but you should be able to get a number before installing the crocheted braids.

Is it challenging to take care of crochet braids?

Sure, some conditioning spray for human/synthetic hair is going to reduce the dryness, tangling, and frizzing. But you may want to do a lot more than that or wearing a satin scarf every time you go to sleep- especially if you’re going to keep your natural hair in good shape.

Many know that there’s no such thing as taking too much care of your hair, so here are some tips to remember once the installation is done:

  • Grab a spray bottle

One item to get when you have a crochet hairstyle is a spray bottle. You may put shampoo, conditioner, or moisturizer in it so that you may spray it onto your scalp. Don’t forget to rinse the shampoo and conditioner after use.

  • Don’t skip moisturizing

You don’t want your scalp and hair dry out under your crochet hairstyle, so you should start using a water-used moisturizer. Continue with massaging the hair oil of your choice into the scalp and hair. It’s going to seal in the moisture, helping your hair grow.

  • Cleanse from time to time

All those products you use on your hair are going to build up eventually, and you don’t want to ruin your crochet hairstyle by scratching your scalp all the time.

A bottle with diluted shampoo or even dry shampoo is going to prevent the itching, mainly when used regularly.

  • Take care of the edges too

Edges tend to tear and break when dry and you should keep them in good shape also. Moisturizing and oiling the edges is going to help your hair look and feel good!

  • Satin is your new best friend

Not only that a satin scarf is going to protect your natural hair, but it’s also going to expand the durability of your crochet braids. Why not giving it a try?

Can crochet styles damage your hair in any way?

When you have crochet braids throughout your hair, some tiny strands lets you cornrow the hair underneath. When you stick the crotchet needle through the scalp, you also part your hair. As you add the braided twist loc through the tiny area of your hair, right under the braided cornrow, you may pull the fragile hair strands. You can also add too much weight to your hair, especially if you want a crochet style for the whole head of hair.

Adding 10 to 15 pieces of hair extensions on your hair can be a lot to handle by your scalp. Even if you don’t see it in the beginning, the crotchet braids may create some spaces in between your hair. It happens when you go with a style all the time. Therefore, you should be aware of the risk you’re taking when using the crochet hairstyle 24/7/365.

Is it difficult to remove the crochet braids?

It may sound extreme, but cutting the crochet braids right from the base (above the knot) is the easiest way to lose them. You need to do it carefully as you don’t want to damage your natural hair in any way.

More slippage is going to ease out the removal, so don’t be afraid to apply one of your favorite hair oils (olive, jojoba) on your strand. It’s also a great way of reducing the risk of breaking your natural hair. You should give the oil some time to work so leave it for half an hour (even longer if necessary) so that it gets deep into the braiding hair and the natural hair too. As you’re unraveling the cornrows, the other braided hair should smoothly go off.

Further reading

How to look after your hair under crochet braids

Crochet Braids FAQs

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