“Excuse me, your hair is so cute!”
“Thanks! They’re crochet braids!”
“Crochet Braids! No! What! Let me see!”
That’s the response that I get over and over, each time I wear crochet braids. More and more women are taking a style that first came out about 15-20 years ago and adding a modern twist.
When I was in college, I would see girls wearing crochet braids and if I can be honest – they were the ugliest thing this side of town. They did not look real, but rather it looked more like a real mess.
Fast Forward to 2014: When my friend Yolanda came over my house with some Bahamian Freetress hair in her head, I had to ask, “Excuse me, your hair is so cute!” Once she told me it was crochet braids, my response was, “I’m next!”
How Do You Crochet Hair:
First, braid your hair, then install the hair of your choice with a crochet latch hook tool (video below). You can order one here, click on image:
I’ve since had crochet braids 4 times. The 4th time, I finally had the nerve to try it myself after watching a few YouTube Videos. I’ve even crocheted 2 customers hair and have another appointment next week. #extracash
My Pinterest picture of my Crochet braids with Marley hair (below) has been shared almost 700 times and my 3 minute YouTube video has been viewed at least 10 thousand times and the number keeps growing.
When I started wearing crochet braids, I was the only one in the room with them. Now, I can spot a crochet sista across the room. It’s getting more and more popular. (And no I’m not saying I started a trend) So, that got me to thinking:
Why Are Women Flocking to Crochet Braids?
- Quick Application: depending on the hair you choose, it only takes about 2 hours to install. It’s takes about 45-60 minutes to braid your own hair and another 60 – 75 minutes to add the crochet hair. Once you cut and style (unless you are getting Marley Hair), you are done.
- Great Protective Style: crochets, as long as your own braids aren’t too tight, do not harm your hair. You can keep these in for weeks and are still able to moisturize your scalp and hair while you wear this style.
- Many different styles– There are tons of different hair curl patterns to try. Every time you get a new crochet style, you could look different.
- Great alternative to an actual sew-in hair style. – You can wash and treat your scalp! Something that isn’t the easiest thing to do with a sew-in, which is why so much hair comes when people take theirs down. It’s also less stress on your hair & scalp.
- Great for ladies transitioning and just want a break from their everyday hair but still want a natural look with a cute style!
- IT LOOKS LIKE OUR NATURAL HAIR TEXTURE! I think this is the #1 reason so many naturalists are flocking to crochet braids. The texture of the Marley Hair is so close to our natural tresses, that it’s hard for us sometimes to actually tell it’s not fake. We can spot a wig or sew-in a minute, no matter how well a closure fits or how much hair you leave out in the front. Not with crochets; these women were actually pulling my hair back to really see that it wasn’t my hair!
So is this a trend or is it here to stay – is the question? I think that the Crochet firestorm is just getting started, and I am looking forward to the new and creative ways that ladies are going to wear them in the months and years to come.