When it comes to protective hairstyles, crochet-based styles like crochet braids or twists are one of the top go-to options for natural girls who want to give their tresses a break. Whether you have decided to DIY or go to the salon to get your next protective style, these images of crochet braids and twists are here to inspire for your new look!
1. Classic Box Braids Made Easy
Box braids get significantly easier when you’re rocking them thanks to a crochet install. This beauty looks amazing, with classic box braids set on a cornrow base. But we’re obsessed with the texture shift from the crochet braid length to the soft, deep wave curly ends. Perfect for summer!
2. Medium Crochet Braids
You can’t go wrong with crochet braids that are giving us Janet Jackson “Poetic Justice” vibes. This is a great and simple option that requires simply braiding your natural hair in a classic cornrow pattern before feeding in the box braids. For the full effect, go long and keep braids to a medium length.
3. Locs of Love
We can’t get enough of crochet locs. If you’ve always wanted to try locs but weren’t ready for the commitment, faux locs are the way to go. Here we love how the locks transition into loose curly ends and also feature an ombre effect from medium brown to brown-black and back to medium brown.
4. The Mane Event
We can’t get enough of ultra-long box braids. Here this beauty is rocking some serious length with her crochet braids. To snag this look, opt for jumbo braiding hair and don’t cut it in half. After cornrowing your natural hair, crochet as normal and braid the extensions to half-length. Set on curlers or twist before dipping in hot water to finish the style.
5. Naturally Fly
Protective hairstyles give you the freedom to play with color and texture without risking damage to your natural tresses. We’re in love with the little pops of color on this beauty’s crochet braids. She’s going for a more bohemian look by leaving some braids loose higher in the length and adding a few strategic blonde braids for visual interest.
6. Bold and Curly Crochet Twists
The sky’s the limit when you opt for a crochet hairstyle. This time, we’re obsessing over the gorgeous crochet twists and that must-have color. To create the look, cornrow your hair as usual and then opt for pre-twisted hair that’s at least 18 inches (remember you lose length in the curl pattern) for extensions that reach bra strap length (BSL). Leave ends loose for a bit of playfulness.
7. Cinnamon with a Twist
Senegalese twists are gorgeous, but you’ll love them even more when you try them as crochet twists. Get the look by choosing a mix of black and cinnamon brown braiding hair. After cornrowing your hair, begin adding the extensions using the double-twist method needed to create Senegalese twists.
8. Honey Crochet Braids
Crochet braids are a great choice if you want to go for jumbo box braids but are concerned about putting too much stress on your hair. Here, this beauty is rocking larger braids that have been crocheted in a cool honey blonde hue. Create visual interest by adding strategic accent strings onto select braids.
9. A Twist on Marleys
Marley twists are a great way to switch up your style, but you’ll love them even better when they’re installed as crochet twists. We’re in love with the laid-back vibes of this beauty’s twists. To keep them looking more authentic, don’t break apart the twisted extensions and install them as you would normally after cornrowing your hair.
10. The Cleopatra Crochet Twists
Long twists, braids, and locs are nice, but we’re also in love with the faux locs created here using the crochet method. To make this your own, opt for dark black or brown-black extensions and use colorful string to accent a few strategic locs to create visual interest.
11. Fresh Locs
We can’t get enough of faux locs, especially when they’re installed using the crochet method. Here, we love that they’ve been installed with a smooth finish and are a small-medium width to add volume. And thanks to the crochet method, you can part your locs anywhere you’d like.
12. Stylish Jumbos
Crochet braids are a smart choice that is always in style. Here, this beauty has opted for jumbo braids and accented them with silver and gold string for a bohemian vibe. We’re also in love with the length, which is perfect for vacations.
13. Blended Texture
Who says you can’t have more than one texture when wearing locs? We’re obsessed with these faux locs that transition into loose ringlet curls. To get the look, you’ll need to look for pre-looped extensions with this specific texture, such as goddess locs. Cornrow your base as usual and install the locs.
14. Create a Storm
Protective hairstyles like crochet braids are so much fun because there’s no limit to what you can create. Here, we’re obsessed with the steel gray crochet braids that were created. To make this your own, braid your natural hair down as normal in cornrows. Then opt for bold gray hair in a deep wave pattern and only braid to the mid-length while leaving the ends loose. Either synthetic or human hair can be used.
15. Sleek and Curly
We can’t get over the visual interest these goddess locs create. This crochet locs style is breathtaking, as smooth and glistening locks transition into gorgeous ringlets. And it’s such an easy style to duplicate since often these extensions come pre-looped. And that means that these are a great style to attempt if you’re a first-time crocheter.
16. Ombre Crochet Ponytail
Crochet twists get a lot more fun when you play with color. We can’t get enough of this beauty’s ombre twists that transition from a natural black to an eye-catching hot pink before shifting into a platinum blonde. To copy this look, braid your hair down into cornrows and then follow the double-twisting technique after looping in the extensions to create these Senegalese twists.
17. Crocheted Passion Twists
Passion twists are all the rage, but make it easier by creating it with crochet twists. To copy this look, pick longer hair that’s around 24 inches long with an ombre effect that starts dark at the roots and shifts into a warm cinnamon brown.
18. Stylish Bae Locs
Crochet hairstyles make getting locs (and taking them out!) so easy. We’re loving the bigger locs on this beauty and the curly ends too. To create interest, she’s added a colorful string to one loc closer towards her face and gold accents throughout.
19. Crowning Glory
We can’t stress enough how much easier it is to get locs when you opt for a crochet method install. Here, this beauty is rocking a classic look with medium-width faux locs. To make the install undetectable, she’s opted to leave her perimeter hairline loose instead of cornrowing all of her hair. So, the locs at her perimeter look like individuals, while the remainder is installed using the classic crochet method.
20. Half-Up Crochet Box Braids
Box braids are a classic that’s always in style. But you’ll love how much faster you can have them created when you opt for crochet braids. We’re in love with the medium-width braids this beauty is rocking and the casual half updo she created.
21. Natural Crocheted Locs
Create a bit of visual interest with your faux locs by working in a bit of color. This beauty opted for a primarily natural dark brown hue but then added in a few strategic locs that are cinnamon-brown for variety. The locs are left slightly rough at the roots to create a more authentic image.
22. The Non-Braid Braid Look
Who says that crochet braids need to be fully braided? We’re obsessed with this look because water wave crochet braiding hair is intentionally only braided about an inch from the roots and left loose. The results? A stunning head of curly hair that’s perfect for summer or vacations.
23. Textured Crochet Marley Locs
Big lustrous locs don’t have to be out of reach. We’re loving how this lovely lady used Marley hair to create more textured locs. She opted for a salt and pepper effect, proving that you can embrace your grays. To keep it fun, she added gold accents throughout her locs.
24. A Bit of Wine
Crochet hairstyles give you the freedom to play with color while avoiding all the regret you might have from over-processing or picking a hair color that you end up not liking on your real hair. Here, we’re loving these gorgeous burgundy wine locks that are kept at a medium width but are ultra-long for plenty of swing.
25. Sleek Crochet Twists
Crochet twists are such a classic look, and this example proves why this is so. These thicker twists are made from passion twists and can be completed in as little as two hours. We’re loving the sleek effect and high shine that they give off.
26. Curly Crochet Twists
If you can’t decide between locs and curls, why not pick the best of both worlds with this crochet loc style. Goddess locs are the way to go since smooth and sleek locs transition into gorgeous curls towards the ends. And because this is a crochet hairstyle, you can rock your favorite look in as little as two to three hours.
27. The Perfect Ombre
Box braids are always in style, and when you do them as crochet braids, they’re even easier during the takedown process. Go for an easy-breezy look like these ombre braids that shift from an ash brown to a warm honey blonde in the ends.
28. Chocolate Twisted Crown
Warm chocolate brown hair is always in style, and we love the way it looks here. Large faux crochet locs are worn in a classic updo, while a few strategic locs are left down to create a sultry effect.
29. Curly Crochet Locs
Curly girls will rejoice with this fun bouncy style. Passion twists are set using the crochet method. But the real winner here is the color combination. Dark brown hair is intermixed with warm chocolate and blonde hues to create a fun style that’s perfect at any time of year.
30. Medium Crochet Twists
If you’re used to seeing goddess locs on longer lengths, then you’re going to like this fun twist on a gorgeous style. Rather than rocking them long, this beauty is wearing crochet locs that are just around shoulder length. Yet, she still gets the biggest benefit of goddess locs – those gorgeous curls at the end! We love that this beautiful style can be made in as little as two hours.
31. ‘90s Crochet Braids
Get your ‘90s girl ‘do on with this fun set of crochet braids. This beauty chose a bold honey blonde hue that accents her skin tone perfectly. To fully go for that ‘90s look, wear those braids high with a scrunchy and pair with a denim jacket for the full effect.
32. Loose Crochet Twists
Cinnamon brown is such a hot hue, and we love it even more here. Passion twists are set using the crochet method, and then only an inch or so is twisted while the majority of the length is left loose. The result is a gorgeous set of enviable curls that will turn heads no matter where you go.
33. Warmed-Up Crochet Locs
For the most part, we’ve been showing locs in darker hues. But if you like something with a kick to it, these crochet locs are the perfect alternative to the traditional 1/1B selections. To achieve this look, pick a blended extension with colors like M30 or 1B/30 to create variation.
34. Sugar and Spice
Jumbo locs are a fan fave around these parts. And we love how this beauty is rocking some jumbo crochet locs in a bold light brown hue. To achieve this style, her natural hair is cornrowed, and then the locs are woven throughout using the crochet method.
35. Fun and Sassy Crochet Twists
Who says you can’t have fun with locs? We’re loving the shorter crop on this lovely lady, along with the fact that she’s rocking some cute pigtails too. To create visual interest since she opted for a single color with her locs, she’s added in a few pops of color with string.
36. Playing with Color
If blondes have more fun, we definitely believe them after seeing this gorgeous set of crochet faux locs. This beauty is rocking a fun ombre look that combines darker brown with a bold warm blonde for a cute blended effect that’s eye-catching.
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