- Crochet hairstyles are protective styles where hair extensions are crocheted into a person’s natural hair.
- Crocheted hair can come loose, braided or twisted, allowing endless hair styling options.
- Crochet hairstyles last from two to eight weeks with proper care, which includes cleansing the scalp, moisturizing, and co-washing.
Crochet hairstyles are great protective styles that are ideal for giving your natural tresses a break. If you’ve always wanted to try a new look or even play with a bit of color, consider grabbing some inspo from these crochet hair ideas we found across the Internet that are going to have you ready to visit your favorite stylist. We’ll also share the low-down on the history of crochet hairstyles, how to care for them, and how to do it yourself if you’re up for the challenge!
Your Guide to Crochet Hairstyles: Contents
- 39 Ideas of Crochet Hairstyles to Inspire
- What Is a Crochet Hairstyle?
- Pros & Cons of Wearing Crochet Hairstyles
- Types of Crochet Hairstyles
- Who Is Crochet Hair Best for?
- How to Install Crochet Hairstyles?
- How to Wash and Maintain Crochet Hair?
- How to Remove Crochet Hairstyles?
- How Much Does It Cost to Get Crochet Hairstyles at the Salon?
39 Ideas of Crochet Hairstyles to Inspire
From crochet braids to loose shorter styles, we have compiled the most stylish crochet hair looks for every style and preference.
1. Half-Updo Crochet Hair
The biggest draw about crochet hairstyles is that they’re so easy to install and that they offer more versatility. In this look, your natural hair is sectioned in two parts horizontally from ear to ear. The lower section is cornrowed and crocheted, while the upper half is drawn up into a bun with strategic extensions added to the bun to create this cute fluffy pony.
2. Orange-Red Textured Hair
Crochet looks are so easy to do, there’s no reason not to play with color. In this look, go bold or go home with a bright orangish-red hue and tighter kinky coily curls. To keep it wearable, opt for a deep off-center part to create a bang effect.
3. Crochet Fulani Braids
Who says you can’t combine two techniques in one gorgeous style? In this look, the hair at the crown is plaited flat into Fulani braids, while the back of the head and nape are crocheted with medium-width curly extensions to create a laid-back look that’s perfect for summer or your next vacation.
4. Big Sexy Hair
If you live by the mantra bigger is better, then this is a bold look that’s perfect for you. Mix dark brownish-black curly extensions with strawberry blonde additions to create visual interest. But keep the curls intact to highlight the texture and turn heads.
5. Easy Marley Twists
Marley hair is a huge trend, but doing traditional individual twists can be time-consuming. Make life easier by installing those Marleys via crochet hair. Rather than leaving the extensions loose, twist them as you would with traditional twists to create that classic look in half the time.
6. Make ‘Em Green with Envy
If you’re going to rock hair extensions, you might as well have fun with it. Let everyone else stick to boring hair colors – you look better in this fantasy hue. Hair is installed as usual with a crochet look but is left loose. Opt for extensions that are water wave to create those gorgeous curls. Leave the curl intact or gently use your fingers to create volume.
7. Regal Crochet Hairstyle Fit for a Princess
No one said you need to do a full head of crochets to create a look this gorgeous. Nor do you even need to plait braids. We’re loving the half updo created here that creates a beautiful contrast between the cinnamon spice curly extensions with this model’s naturally dark hair. To create the look, gather hair into a topknot and crochet extensions into the lower back of your hair, leaving the crown and temples open. Crochet extensions through your topknot and finish by using a colorful string to create visual interest.
8. Cute and Sassy Crochet Crop
Who says that you have to do a full head of crocheted extensions? We’re loving this adorable protective hairstyle that pairs a fauxhawk with mid-section plaits to create visual interest. And the added wrapping on those braids creates a pop of color that’s a conversation-starter!
9. Steal-Worthy Ombre Crochet Hair
We’re always here for a gorgeous ombre hair color. And in this crochet hairstyle, hair is kept short but features a natural dark to light ombre effect. Large curls are placed on an off-center part to create natural drama. Opt for a larger loose curl and a knotless crochet install to create a natural effect.
10. Big Fluffy Curls
Big luscious curls are always in style, and we’re drooling over this gorgeous crochet hairstyle that capitalizes on this look. To make it work, after installing, be sure to shape the style to create an even halo of curls.
11. The Bantu Crochet Crossover
Who says that you have to have a full crochet hairstyle? In this look, we’re loving that the front hairline is left out and set on bantus, while the remainder is braided and crocheted. Blonde extensions are crocheted onto the model’s hair, and her natural hair at the front is colored with a blonde ombre and set on bantus.
12. Rainbow Crochet Braids
Crochet hairstyles don’t have to be loose and free. We’re in love with the bold box braids that are installed using the crochet method. To make it as whimsical as possible, fantasy hues are placed throughout with a few blonde plaits for some variety.
13. The Corkscrew
Corkscrew curls are always a do in our book. But we’re in love with this low-stress crochet hairstyle. A natural hue is chosen for the extensions, and hair is kept shoulder-length while playing up the volume for a look that’s timeless and sure to turn heads.
14. Seeing Red
Crochet hairstyles are a great way to create a technical weave that allows for natural parting all over your head. We’re in love with the rich spicy red hue used on this beauty’s style that begins with natural roots. Longer lengths are selected and then set on a curling wand to create intense volume. Opt for an off-center part to create drama.
15. Big Bold Braids
We can’t stress enough that crochets are a great way to play with styles like box braids and Senegalese twists without subjecting your hair to all that manipulation or strain – especially if you want to rock big braids and twists. We’re in love with the mix of jumbo twists and braids seen here along with that head-turning black into white ombre.
16. Bold Blue Crochet Curls
No one said you have to pick a “boring” hair color when you decide to create a crochet hairstyle. This bold ombre hue pairs natural roots with an electric blue hair color that’s giving us the perfect style shock. To create visual interest, the front hairline is left loose and set on large bantus and wrapped in the same matching extensions for continuity.
17. Sunny Ombre Crochet Hair
Crochet hairstyles give you the freedom to create a range of styles that you can’t always easily do with weaves or traditional braid or twist styles. This swoon-worthy style pairs a gentle brown and blonde ombre with medium-width curls and a wind-swept bang for a style that’s equal parts dreamy and sexy.
18. Fluffy Curls to Die For
We’re obsessed with the curly bangs in this gorgeous crochet hairstyle. To make it work, hair is kept short in the front but long enough to graze her brows for a look that’s perfectly wearable, whether the hair is worn down, up or in a half updo as seen here.
19. Divine Like Wine
We love the versatility that you can achieve with crochet hairstyles – especially when it comes to braided styles. While these look like a simple set of twists, they’re installed using the crochet method, which makes this the ultimate protective hairstyle. Since each individual section of your hair isn’t holding the weight of an extension, your hair will thrive while you’re still rocking a gorgeous look like this.
20. Passionate ‘Do
Passion twists get an added oomph as a protective hairstyle when you install them using the crochet method. Here, this beauty has opted for a classic dark brown hair color but accented select twists with gold beads.
21. Vibrant Crocheted Mane
No one will think you’re rocking braids with this crochet hairstyle. We’re in love with the bold ombre hue that transitions from wine roots into a fiery red at the ends. To recreate this look, opt for a kinky curly extension and create an off-center part. Keep hair in the shoulder-length range and shape as needed after you’ve finished installing the braids.
22. A Half-Do to Do
No one said that a crochet hairstyle has to fully cover your entire head. We’re loving this half-crochet half-cornrow style. While the front quarter of this beauty’s hair is left with exposed cornrows, individual box braids are crocheted into the front quarter. The remainder of the hair from the ears to her nape is styled with loose crochet hair and then shaped.
23. Blonde Fro
The classic fro is always in style, and we’re crushing on this beauty’s blonde fro. Hair is kept shorter around the nape and allowed to stretch up towards the sun in the crown and sides. For visual interest, a range of blonde hues is selected.
24. Teal Appeal
Who said you have to pick a “natural color” when you decide to get extensions? We’re in love with this vibrant set of crochet braids. A bold ombre is created with black roots that transition into a bright teal that will perk up your mood every time you wake up. In the crown, a blend of bantus and cornrows creates visual texture. We love the center cornrow, which is left untouched. But the bantus are then wrapped with those colorful braids for variety.
25. Stormy Twists
Who said going gray was a bad thing? We love this crochet hairstyle that sets extensions on jumbo twists for a bold look that’s guaranteed to turn heads. This is a protective hairstyle that’s guaranteed to make you the most fashion-forward beauty in your social circle.
26. Crocheted Faux Locs
If you thought that crochet hairstyles were just for braids and loose extensions, think again! This beauty is rocking a fresh set of faux locs that are installed using the crochet method. Specifically, if you’ve considered rocking locs but didn’t like the semi-permanent nature of locs, then faux locs are the right move for you.
27. Boho Crochet Twists
We can’t stress enough that crochet hairstyles are a great way to try a wide range of protective hairstyles without putting unnecessary strain on your actual hair. Here, we see a classic style of large Senegalese twists set on ombre-style extensions. We’re loving how rich chocolate roots transition into a warm cinnamon spice hue.
28. Spicy Faux Locs
Faux locs are gorgeous, and we’re swooning over the long locks on this beauty. A warm auburn to cinnamon red hair color is selected, and locks are kept at a medium width. We imagine her locks would look gorgeous in an updo.
29. Springy Hair for Days
We think this is such a perfect style for summer. In this crochet hairstyle, a tighter kinky curly texture is wefted into cornrows. We love the half updo style, which creates a whimsical effect.
30. Burgundy Crochet Hair
Colorful hair is always a do in our book. In this gorgeous crochet hairstyle, we see a vibrant array of burgundy curly hair installed. To make this look your own, opt for a longer length – remembering that curly hair appears shorter since much of the length is lost in the curl pattern. To make it look natural, opt for a range of similar curl patterns to best mimic curly natural hair in real life.
31. Purple Crown
Crochet hairstyles offer so much versatility, we can’t stop raving about them. We’re in love with this bold purple kinky curly hairstyle. Make it your own by having your stylist leave the crown with cornrows exposed while weaving in the extensions of your choice (bonus points if you pick a bold hue as this beauty did). A few strategic box braids are placed at the temples, but the bulk of the hair is left loose for a bold volume that will have everyone talking.
32. Classic Ombre Crochet Hair
Crochet hairstyles don’t always have to use kinky curly hair. The world is your oyster when it comes to crochet styles. This time, we see a beautiful classic look of big sexy curls set on ombre hair that shifts from a rich dark chocolate brown into a warm honey blonde hue. We think this is the perfect summertime or vacation hairstyle.
33. Bold Pony
If you’re not a fan of a full head of crocheted hair, then this is the style for you. We’re obsessed with this half updo, which is created by braiding down the back and sides with the crown and temples crafted into an intricate braid design before being set with a bold half-pony updo. Opt for any color combo, but we’re digging this ombre brown into rich warm wine that’s set on spiral curls.
34. Classic Twist
We can’t stress enough that if you love twists or braids but are concerned with how they’ll impact your hair health (especially for wider width braids or twists), use the ultimate cheat code and have them installed as crochet braids or twists instead. Here, this beauty is rocking passion twists that feature a gorgeous natural ombre from rich dark brown to a spicy cinnamon brown.
35. Flirty Wavy ‘Do
Versatility should be the word associated with crochet hairstyles. Here we see a beautiful loose wave set on crochets. The loose pattern gives us laid-back vibes and is very easy and low-maintenance.
36. Spring in Your Step
You can’t go wrong with crochet twists. We’re obsessed with the cute springy twists on this beauty and love that hair is kept short for an easy-breezy style that can transition from work to play with no issues.
37. Classic Crocheted Pony
There’s nothing like a high pony to turn heads. But we love that this cute half updo is created using a crochet hairstyle technique. To achieve this look, hair is parted from ear to ear, and the top half is gathered into a topknot. The remainder is braided down and crocheted with a loose coarse curly extension. Then those extensions are also wrapped around the original topknot to create the high ponytail for a cute and bold style.
38. Gorgeous Faux Locs
Grab the beauty of a head full of gorgeous locs without the permanence of this classic style. Hair is braided down, and then large-width locs are crocheted in a contrasting hue like these warm blonde shades to create depth and visual interest.
39. A Halo of Crochet Curls
We can’t get enough of crochet hairstyles that feature tons of luscious kinky curly coils. In this look, we’re obsessed with how this beauty left her edges free to create visual contrast between the sleek braid on her natural hair and the kinky coils throughout the rest of her hair.
To create this look, section off an inch and a half to two inches of your front hairline and don’t braid it down into the cornrows for your crochet style. Install the crocheted extensions, using kinky curly hair extensions in a rich dark brown. Go back to your leave-out and create two large flat cornrows with a middle part.
What Is a Crochet Hairstyle?
So what is a crochet hairstyle? For people in the natural hair community, a crochet hairstyle is a great protective style that implies crocheting synthetic hair extensions into one’s natural hair. It still allows for a lot of variety in terms of actual styles you can achieve and is considered a “low-manipulation style.” This means that your actual tresses are usually not left out, so there’s less risk of damage from over-styling or heat tools.
While it’s not the only protective style in a natural girl’s repertoire, it’s a great alternative to traditional options like box braids or Senegalese twists because your hair is completely braided down flat to the scalp in cornrows, and then extensions are woven in or “crocheted.” As compared to individual twists or braids, your hair experiences less stress.
The specific origin of crochet hairstyles is debatable, but the technique – colloquially referred to as the crochet method – can be traced to the 1990s. They’re often preferable to other natural protective hairstyles such as traditional braids or twists because install time is significantly shorter and is considered relatively easier to install on your own as opposed to some of the more time-consuming protective styles.
Common styles that can be achieved with a crochet hairstyle include crochet braids (also known as latch hook braids), crochet twists, crochet faux locs, or even styles where the extensions are left mainly loose to mimic the look of free-flowing tresses. Bulk synthetic hair is most commonly used for crochet hairstyles, but you can also use bulk human hair if you prefer – especially if you want to confidently use heat tools.
Pros and Cons of Wearing Crochet Hairstyles
If you’re thinking about your next hairstyle, one that relies on the crochet method should be up for consideration. But considering the time and cost investment, regardless of whether you self-install or have a stylist do it, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons to make sure that a crochet hairstyle is right for you.
Crochet Hair Pros
So, let’s quickly talk about the benefits of a crochet hairstyle:
- Fairly easy to install – even for self-installers or first-timers.
- Quicker to achieve this look than traditional box braids, faux locs, or twist-outs.
- Often cheaper than other protective hairstyles.
- Lower stress placed on your natural hair because the hair is cornrowed first.
- Easier to keep your scalp clean and moisturized as compared to weaves.
- Versatile styling options, including textures, lengths, and loose versus a braided or twisted look.
- Can be refreshed easily since you simply crochet fresh extensions to replace the older hair.
Crochet Hair Cons
For all the general benefits of a crochet hairstyle, there are a few drawbacks. So, keep these realities in mind as you plan for your next hairstyle.
- Don’t last as long as other protective hairstyles – at most, you can squeeze two months out of the hairstyle.
- Washing the crocheted hair can shorten the lifespan of your crochet hairstyle.
Types of Crochet Hairstyles
One of the biggest benefits of a crochet hairstyle is that the sky’s the limit when it comes to looks that you can achieve. As you saw with our inspo photos above, there’s a wide range of options available to you. While you can pick a more understated crochet style, this fun low-manipulation style is also a great way to play with color, texture, and length without causing unnecessary damage to your natural hair.
You can opt for crochet hairstyles that mimic traditional box braids, faux locs, or Senegalese twists without the strain on your natural hair. But you can also opt for a loose style where the extension hair is left free, and the crocheted base is undetectable.
Just make sure to discuss your style goals with your stylist so they can advise you as to the best extensions to use and how to maintain your style so that it looks great from the day it’s installed to the day you remove it.
Who Is Crochet Hair Best for?
Even though crochet hairstyles are often promoted as a protective style for people with natural hair, anyone can rock a crochet hairstyle. Even if you relax your hair, you can also enjoy this style.
The most important factor of whether or not a crochet hairstyle is a good idea for you is going to be the health of your hair. Can your hair handle being braided down for anywhere from two to eight weeks? Is your hair fragile, brittle, or breaking off? If so, then a crochet style – or any style that relies on braiding your real hair may not be ideal for you.
Likewise, if you’re someone who feels like they must wash their hair daily, then a crochet style might not be ideal, as it won’t last as long.
How to Install Crochet Hairstyles
As compared to box braids, Fulani braids, or Senegalese twists, a crocheted look is one of the few protective hairstyles that are great for first-timers to attempt to tackle. While it still requires getting the crochet technique down – and access to more than one mirror – you can relax because you don’t need to worry so much about having perfect cornrow skills.
Always Start with Clean Hair
Don’t ever start any protective style with dirty hair. This is a great way to encourage even more dirt and product build-up and create a nightmarish takedown scenario when you’re ready to take your crocheted hair out in a few weeks.
Cornrow Your Hair
While it’s great if you want to create an intricate cornrow pattern, it’s not exactly necessary. The tried and true option is one where the braids go straight back from your hairline to the nape of your neck. And again, since your hair is going to be hidden under the extensions, don’t spend time worrying about making them look perfect.
The most popular option is to make a two-into-one braiding pattern where for the front half of your hair from your hairline to the back of your ear, you opt for an even set of braids ranging from 10 to 12. The end goal is to have double the number of cornrows in the front for reduced bulk and more parting options and half the number in the back where bulk is less of a concern. But once you get just past your ears, you combine two braids. So, you should have 10 into 5 or 12 into 6 by the time you’re done.
Keep the braids in the front thinner, and if you’re going for one defined part, try to minimize the space between those specific braids so that your final hairstyle will look more natural. And while not necessary, some people prefer to weave in a bit of braiding hair into their natural hair during the cornrow process. Doing this is a good way to reduce the stress on your hair if you’re concerned about the weight of your extension hair that you’ll use for the crochet style.
Some people choose to flat-sew the ends of their braided cornrows for a flat and neat look, while others simply tuck them down. There’s no right or wrong option – pick the solution that makes you happiest.
Crocheting the Extensions
Once you’ve finished braiding your hair down, it’s time to start crocheting. There are a few ways to do this in terms of tools. You can use a crochet needle or a bobby pin. If you’re in a pinch, a large bobby pin might be the way to go – especially if you find handling crochet needles to be more difficult.
Note here though, that “crochet needle” is a bit of a misnomer. If you’ve crocheted in the sense of handcrafts, you know that the needle used for crochet hairstyles is a latch hook needle and not a true crochet needle.
• To begin, slide your needle under the cornrow with the latch closed. Assemble your extension hair by folding it in half. Open the latch on your needle and slide the looped hair into the latch and then close the latch.
• Gently pull the needle back out from under the cornrow until roughly four or five inches (when folded) of the looped hair is now pulled through under the cornrow.
• Open the latch, slide the extension hair off of the loop, and remove the needle.
• Hold the looped hair in one hand and the free end of the extensions (the tail) in your other. With your fingers, hold the loop open and put the tail through it.
• Twist the loop one time flat against the cornrow so that no excess from the tail is stuck in the twist. Then thread your tail through the loop again.
• Some people will choose to twist the loop and thread the tail three times, and some people are fine with two. Whichever you choose, once you’ve sufficiently twisted the loop and threaded the tail through, pull to tighten and eliminate any excess tail hair from the loop.
• Continue doing this throughout your head until you’re finished installing the crochet hair. Also, note that using a bobby pin will follow the same above steps.
Styling the Crocheted Hair
Styling is going to depend on the hair you picked and the final look you’re hoping to achieve. If you are opting for crochet braids or twists, then create those looks by following the proper steps. For loose crocheted looks start by trimming the hair to get rid of any scraggly strands.
Also, shape the hair if you want to have layers, bangs, or even a blunt cut. Depending on the hair and the texture you’re looking to mimic, you may need to use hot water and hair rollers to set synthetic hair or hot tools for human hair.
How to Wash and Maintain Crochet Hair?
This is the one aspect of a crochet hairstyle that can be a little tricky. The reality is that it’s a two-part answer. Not only do you want to maintain the crochet hairstyle, but you also want to take care of your real hair underneath.
Maintaining Crochet Hair
Crochet styles can last somewhere between two to eight weeks, depending on your hair care routine. With crocheted hair, your maintenance choices are going to be directly dependent on the type of hair that you used. If you used synthetic hair such as Marley twists or Kanekalon, then you can’t hop in the shower and wash them as you would your hair or human hair extensions.
First, this type of synthetic hair isn’t designed to frequently come into contact with water. And doing so can cause the curls or texture to drop, which can leave your crochet hairstyle looking a little sad. And at worse, you can loosen the knots, causing the style to fall apart over time.
Most crochet stylists will agree that you should avoid washing your extensions entirely and focus your efforts on cleansing your scalp instead. But if you do opt to wash the crochet hair, do a gentle co-wash and handle the hair carefully. Vigorous rubbing can loosen the knots and shorten the lifespan of your style.
For human hair, you should still use care when washing your extensions, but you don’t have to be as concerned about getting the hair wet. Still, avoid vigorously rubbing your extensions to preserve your hairstyle.
Caring for Your Hair
The whole point of a protective style is to give your real hair a break without the risk of constant manipulation that wearing it out can pose. But that doesn’t mean that you should leave your natural hair untouched until you take down the protective style. If your goal is to promote hair growth and health, then you still need to cleanse your scalp and moisturize your hair.
If you’re also focused on preserving the hairstyle, opt for a targeted scalp cleanse that relies on the squeeze bottle method. While it might take a bit more time, the goal here is to use a bottle mixed with shampoo and water to apply directly to your scalp.
• With the pads of your fingers, gently work the solution into your scalp and your cornrows – try as much as possible to avoid over-saturating the extensions.
• Rinse out the shampoo mix but also be sure to rinse out any mix that might have saturated your extensions.
• For a short cut, choose a leave-in conditioner instead of one that must be rinsed out of your hair. And if you choose, spritz your extensions with the leave-in as well.
The most important thing to remember when washing your hair when it’s in a crochet style is that you want to be sure that your hair dries thoroughly. While it’s not common, it’s possible to experience mildew if the hair is left wet and unable to thoroughly dry. When in doubt, use a blow dryer on a medium or low setting to specifically focus on your cornrows.
How to Remove Crochet Hairstyles
Removing a crochet hairstyle is just as easy as if you were taking down braids or twists – if not easier!
• Start by cutting each crocheted extension as close to the original knots as possible. But be sure not to catch your hair in the process.
• Although it’s an optional choice, some people prefer to add an oil like coconut or jojoba to their cornrows once they’ve trimmed off all of the extensions and let it sit for 30 minutes. Doing this will give you more slip and make taking down the cornrows easier.
• After 30 minutes, begin to unravel your cornrows. The remaining crocheted hair should easily slip out as you work through the braids.
How Much Does It Cost to Get Crochet Hairstyles at the Salon?
This is a common question that people ask, and the tl;dr answer is that it depends. While installing a crochet hairstyle yourself is incredibly cheap since you only have to pay for the hair, a salon install can vary based on where you live, the salon you pick, and the complexity of the style you’re trying to create.
Factors such as the length you’re trying to achieve, or the size of your braids or twists (if you opt for that style) can come into play. However, plan to spend around $100 with the understanding that some salons will charge more because of the time commitment required to do this style.
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