Crochet braids are here to stay, it seems. Back in September 2015, I wrote this post about the revolution of the crochet braids and many of you thought that this was not just some fad that would fade away. Well it appears that it’s popularity is still on the rise in May 2016.
Just as the foundation of anything is a very important part in determining the finished product, the braiding pattern is very important for crochet braids. Seeing as I have become somewhat of an expert in crochet braids (this is all most of my clients are asking for), I can say with certainty that the braiding pattern depends on what the finished product is expected to look like and how the client hopes to style the hair.
With crochet braids, one (and probably the only) critique is the lack of versatility. Somewhat. I don’t agree entirely though. This is where braiding pattern comes in. Except a client is dead set on what parts and styling options they vision for their hair, I like to give multiple parts and keep the options open for styling. Here are braiding patterns for crochet braids that you can show your stylist or do for yourself if you are a DIY kinda girl (or guy).
1. Jumbo Twists and Jumbo Braids
Jumbo refers to big extensions, like Havana Mambo Twist extensions. This is my go-to for or any jumbo curl pattern. This client wanted one side part and one center part.
2 & 3. Ponytail Styling
This, I do to give the option for pony tail styling. This is best for braids or twists. I would not advise for straight or curly hair.
This is the side-view for a pony-tail style.
The hair is sectioned into four parts. Each part is treated as a full head of hair on its own. So some hair is sectioned off (which will not be crocheted). The rest of it is braided in a circular pattern.
The braids are smaller for this style. This one was used for straight hair and for a fuller, believable look.
This one was also used for straight hair – albeit thicker strands, hence the thicker cornrows. The end result was a swoop bang which could only have been possible if the hair part and front of the hair was braided as shown.
A different way of creating parts for. These parts are concentrated in the middle.
This can be used for any style of crochet braids, especially where you have own hair left out around the perimeter and at the part.
There you have it, beauts. I think crochet braids are so much fun and the varying braiding patterns makes it even more fun for me to make.
P.S.: If you are in the NYC area, I can hook you up with crochet braids and twists. See here for my availability and booking information!