Yay for you, you’ve decided to get put your hair away for a bit and install crochet braids! Crochet braids have quickly swept the natural hair community by storm due to their ease of installation, versatility, and convenience – beating out havana twists and box braids and even full sew ins as many naturals’ protective style of choice. When I decided to do crochet braids on myself a few weeks ago, I spent at least an hour looking through dozens of images on Google of crochet braid patterns that would provide the perfect foundation for my style. Since I realized there was no quick way to decide which pattern was best for you, I decided to do a round-up of five crochet braid patterns that provide the best looking crochet braids so you can slay the style like a pro!
Aka the cornrows that all our favorite rappers and R&B singers of yesteryear loved to sport, straight back cornrows are simply cornrows that begin at your forehead and go all the way back. Depending on the length of your hair, you may need to sew up the ends to provide a flat surface with which to attach your crochet braids. While this is perhaps the most straight-forward and common hairstyle, it does not allow for much versatility, such as a bang or leave-out.
With regular sew-in weaves, a u-part braid pattern means that you part a u-shaped section of your hair to be left out, creating a natural looking leave-out. In crochet braids with no leave-out, a u-part can be simulated by braiding one’s hair in straight backs, and crossing the braids in the middle over one another. This allows for multiple parts, and the slight curve can look more realistic than a straight part. Furthermore, you can focus on adding more hair on the braids in the u-part during your install, ensuring that your crochet style looks as natural as possible. This is the pattern that I used for my Curlkalon crochet braids in my YouTube video below! You can also read more about the install here.
Though this pattern starts off like it’s first two cousins, rather than braiding all the way straight back, the braids go horizontally back and forth across the scalp to create separations that are perfect for a layered look. If you are opting for a knotless crochet braid style that will go around your whole head, the zig zag braiding method may be also be good choice because it will provide a straight surface on which you can form your “knotless” knots for a natural look.
If you’ve ever gotten a sew-in weave, you are likely familiar with the beehive braiding method, beloved by hair stylists and weave addicts galore due to it’s ability to provide an extremely flat surface on which to build your protective style. Some crochet braid wearers like this braid pattern because it is perfect for ponytails, crochet braid senegalese twists and box braids, as well as crochet braid styles with bangs. However, the closeness of the braids can make it difficult to reach in between to get the almost inevitable itchy braid scalp!
Vixen crochet braids were all the rage last summer – once weave fiends caught hold of the install method that appeared virtually invisible, the braiding style quickly joined the ranks of other tried and true cornrow patterns for crochet braids. Although vixen crochet braids – a four section version of the beehive with optional leave-out – allows for a myriad of styling options from buns to ponytails to updos, the numerous tension points can cause quite the headache. Don’t believe me? I got sores in the middle of my scalp from vixen crochet braids and was forced to take them out after 5 days. While vixen crochet doesn’t cause irritation for everyone, they may result in more stress than the look is worth.
Now that you’ve figured out which crochet braid pattern to use, go ahead and install your crochet braids and slay your protective style! You don’t even have to tell anyone if you don’t want to ?