There comes a time in every black woman’s natural hair journey when she’s rocked every twist-out, freedom ‘fro, wash-n-go, press-n-roll, rod set, and blowout flat iron dopeness there is ... and a respite is required. This is where crochet braids come in, and with so many different hair textures, the style options are endless. Here are just a few to consider.
Celebrity stylist , who specializes in natural hair, has been working her #blackhairmagic on the gorgeous Issa Rae for years now. At last year's 48th NAACP Image Awards, Leatherwood helped Rae debut a dazzling cornrows up front/crochet braids party-in-the-back look.
Influencer and blogger knows first-hand about the versatility of the crochet route. Depending on the texture you choose for the synthetic hair, you can go with a long, twist-out look like she did here.
What you'll need: Sensationnel X-Pression Pre-Looped Synthetic Crochet Braid ($18, )
...or loosen things up with this above-the-shoulder, soft coil bob. It looks like a roller set, but doesn't come with the hassle of sleeping with curlers in your head. With care and proper scalp moisturizing, it can look this fresh and fab for up to six weeks!
What you'll need: FreeTress Synthetic Hair Crochet Braids 2X Ringlet Wand Curl ($10, )
Leatherwood also hooked up singer Jill Scott with a full, curly style that's as bold and beautiful as the ever talented Jilly from Philly. "Crochet braids take about 3.5 hours to install and can last for five to six weeks," Leatherwood says. "Perfect for vacation. Your hair will look great — and the same — every day!"
Leatherwood went with a crochet wig for Luke Cage's Simone Missick at Comic-Con in 2016. With the synthetic hair attached to a crochet braided cap wig, it's even easier than the braids method. All you do is slide it over your cornrowed natural hair, and snip-snap! Before you know it, you'll be looking glorious and brand-new.
What you'll need: Shake N Go Freetress Braided Cap ($17 for 2, )
Natural hair stylist and salon owner Tasheba Taylor mixed in a little blonde on this client. A range of hair textures and colors? Honestly, at this rate you can start giving yourself alter ego names with each new crochet look!
Fans of the full-service natural hair and beauty salon have come to expect the most innovative crochet styles, all thanks owner and natural hair artist . Exhibit A: this ripple wavy crochet look cut into an angled bob. It's next-level fab.
Taylor added even more goodness to this hair buffet with this crochet braids faux locs look and a dash of ombré. Your weekend getaway called and insists that you to bring this style with you.
You are guaranteed to get high praise with this light, sassy, curly pixie by Dani T. It's a "no leave-out" crochet braids style, so your natural hair is completely protected from whatever elements try to come your way.
Go for length and a tight, uniform coil with this full-bodied style. You can wear it up, down, or a little bit of both and create even more looks with this flexible cascade of curls.
Dani T's loose, wavy bob moves away from tight, "classic" crochet braids with these soft, beachy waves. The bump of color will leave you looking instantly ready for the red carpet or maybe the perfect selfie on you way to work ... you can find a strip of red carpet somewhere in the lobby or conference room, right?