Summer…Summer…Summer time! You already knew that, but did you know Crochet Braids are the best, the healthiest and most versatile protective style? YES! Crochet braids first became popular back in the 90s. Many of the reasons why they were popular then are the same reasons why they are popular now. Here are 6 reasons why Crochet Braids are the BEST, the Healthiest and the most Versatile protective style.
1. You don’t have to be an expert
You don’t have to be an expert to have crochet braids, because it is very DIY friendly. If you know how to cornrow your hair and you can follow the repetitive steps to crochet or weave the synthetic hair into your own – you can save yourself a lot of time and money by doing this style yourself.
2. Quick and Easy
Crochet braids are quick and easy to install. As previously stated, you don’t have to be an expert. There are tons of Youtube videos like the one below by @DayeLaSoul that shows you step by step exactly what to do. Doing the first install yourself may take 2 hours since you’re learning the process. However, once you get the hang of it you can have a complete install within 1-1.5 hours. Yup, fast and easy! Disclaimer: If you have to prep the synthetic hair (i.e. pre-twisting or rod-setting) prior to install then the process will take longer.
3. Keep your edges
Yes – you read that correctly. Crochet braids help you keep your edges. Unlike individual braids, with crochet braids there’s little to no tension pulling on your edges due to your hair being in cornrows. The weight of the synthetic hair is evenly distributed throughout the cornrow opposed to weighing heavily on small individual sections of your hair (i.e. individual braids). Thus, your hair and edges are truly protected.
4. Styling options are limitless
Depending on the braid/cornrow pattern used, crochet braids can be versatile. Versatile in the sense that you can wear your hair down or up in a high/low bun or high/low ponytail. See the video below by @MyNaturalSistas for a crochet braiding pattern that allows for various styling options. Crochet braids can also be versatile in the sense that if you start off with a twist or braid install (oppose to loose hair/curls) you can get 2 styles for 1. So when you’re tired of the braids/twists you can unravel them and have a new style: braid-out or twist-out. Furthermore, even if you do install loose hair you could wear it straight or do a rod-set and have full bouncy curls. Styling options are limitless!
5. YOUR hair looks good, girl!
Depending on the type of hair used, the length and the style many people often mistaken your crochet install for your own hair. Also, having multiple natural part helps give your install a natural look. By having a versatile install it confuses people into believing this must be your hair because they assume you can’t switch up a style that quick unless its your own. Nope! That’s the beauty of crochet braids…versatility at its best!
6. Hair and scalp can breathe
Allowing your hair and scalp to breathe and receive care while having a install is important. This along with no tension on your edges is what makes crochet braids the healthiest protective style. While wearing an install feel free to oil, massage, condition, and cleanse your scalp and hair as needed. This is a low maintenance task to do to ensure proper care of your hair that’s in cornrows, which results in healthy hair growth.