What's the best haircut for crochet braids? We take a look at the styles, hair types and colors that fully showcase your crochet braided hair.
What are crochet braids?
Particularly fashionable in the Nineties, crochet braids are back on trend! The word "crochet" refers to the way in which hair extensions are sewn into cornrows using a latch hook tool that loops the synthetic hair onto your own. Crochet braids are popular because they are much quicker to apply than other techniques like sew-in weaves. They also reduce scalp tension, and the result looks incredibly natural if applied correctly. For the most natural-looking results, ensure your cornrows are as flat to the scalp as possible, and aren't too wide.
What hair types are best for crochet braids?
Because you're braiding hair onto cornrows, it doesn't matter what kind of natural hair type you have. Obviously, the stronger your natural hair, the easier it will be to crochet braid, the less damage will be caused, and the longer the braids will last.
Over-styling can often cause natural hair to break, so make sure you regularly apply a strengthening masque like the Inforcer from Serie Expert. The anti-breakage cream from the same collection is also ideal for repairing weakened, tangled hair.
When it comes to what hairstyle you opt for, the sky's the limit. From spiral curls to deep twists, locs and even straight hair, the crochet technique allows you to really get creative with your hair.
4 ideas for styling crochet braids
Looking for the best haircut for crochet braids? Here are four options for styling your braided hair:
1. Box braided loose bun
Box braids are among the most popular styles when it comes to crochet braiding, so why not give your look a little more personality by styling your braids into an ultra-high loose bun?
2. Yarn braided double buns
A yarn braid is, literally, a braid made out of yarn rather than real/synthetic hair. It's a personal choice, but fans of (synthetic, not natural) yarn believe it looks more natural, and is lighter on the head. Lighter braids means you can add more length and play with hairstyles!
3. Faux locs & visible rows
Love the look of locs, but not into all the effort and haircare that growing them involves? Faux locs can be created with a crochet braiding technique, and are a protective style (just like box braids). You could also use this style to celebrate your cornrows and have them on full display by using fewer extensions.
4. Braided box braids
If you can't get enough of braids...why not braid your braids! After using the crochet technique to get regular box braids (three-stranded), you can then plait all the hair to create one or two large braids.
Colorful crochet braids
When using a braiding technique like crochet to add extensions to your hair, it's the perfect opportunity to get creative with color! These days, hair extensions are available in a myriad of shades, from natural hues to bright neons. There's no excuse not to try the hair color you've been wondering about for years...
Caring for crochet-braided hair
The best way to care for your synthetic hair extensions is to use either a cleanser formulated specifically for synthetic hair, or a mild, sulfate-free one, such as the Cleansing Conditioners from Serie Expert. After gently towel drying, apply a nourishing spray or serum down the lengths to restore any lost moisture and boost shine. We recommend the Mythic Oil Huile Richesse oil, enriched with argan and apricot oils that infuse hydration and smooth flyaways.