DIY: Crochet braids

By Drum Digital
07 July 2016

Cut the amount of time you do your hair in half with crochet braids!

By Nthabiseng Makhokha

Why we love crochet braids:

  • They cut the amount of time you spend on the chair doing your hair in half.
  • They are gentle on the hair. Usually when you install a weave, it's twice the pulling with the cornrows and then attaching of the weave onto the cornrows. These reduce the stress on your scalp.
  • They are easy to do and easy to take out, making your life hassle free.
  • You can base your scalp easily while you have them on.

You will need

Hair crochet needle

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Tail comb

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Braid (or any fibre of your choice)

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A pair of scissors

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Prepping the hair

STEP ONE Starting from the back, plait horizontal cornrows from one end of your head to the other side. Remember to connect each cornrow with the next so that there aren't any loose ones that may unravel. Do these until you reach the middle of your head.

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STEP TWO When you've reached the middle of your head, start a new set of cornrows from the front of your head towards the middle (where the initial cornrows have ended). Do these until entire head is done. Connect this new set of cornrows by plaiting the ends together in one row, in the direction similar to the first set of cornrows.

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STEP THREE Prepare your hair piece. To determine what length you want, divide the extension in equal parts and cut.

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STEP FOUR Take a small section of the fibre from the ones you have cut. You should use the same amount of hair for each crochet for evenness. The lesser you use, the better the knot will lock. You can take out a few and place them aside to make it easier when you proceed with your braids.

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STEP FIVE If this is your first time using the crochet needle, practice putting it through the hair and pulling it back before you proceed with the actual hair. Make sure the latch hook is open when you put the needle through the hair, and make sure it's closed when you pull it back through. Practice this until you are comfortable with proceeding

Start crocheting

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