Twice on the blog, I have said that crochet braiding is super easy. To prove it, here’s this picture tutorial showing you how.
It was a bit of a battle making this sha so I hope you get it 🙂 Camera quality, lighting and the fact that I was trying to capture working with black extensions and a black bobby pin on dark hair but I think I succeeded. I did 3 different shoots for this on 3 different days, and this was the best day, so I hope it’s a good enough illustration.
These photos were taken by my brother. 🙂
ALL I USED:
Extensions- 2 packs of Noble Afro Kinky (or was it Afro Twist?) Braid. Same ones you can use to do kinky twists.
Big bobby pin. <- you can use a small pin, but it’s stressful.
On clean well conditioned hair, do your cornrows. I got just 5 or 6 cornrows. If you’re wondering why, it’s because kinky extensions are bulky, and for this reason, making 12, 13 cornrows is a waste of time.
2 packs of hair got me this fullness and the hair came already separated in strands, and I worked with about 50 something in total. I was able to crochet 10 strands onto each cornrow.
Get your hair braided in the pattern that you think would best interpret the look you’re going for. Do you want a leave-out? Closed side parting? Centre parting? Let that be your guide. You can also flat twist if you like.
Ready? Let’s Go! 🙂
1. Pick up your bobby pin.
2. Slide your bobby pin under your braid, with the head first.
Yep, like so.
3. Take one end of your braiding hair and pass it through the head of the bobby pin like you’re threading a needle. Before you thread, you may need to smooth it a little to make it easy to pass through. Rub or roll the ends between your palms or two fingers.
By the time you’re done, the hair should be equal on both sides of the pin.
4. Done? Now slide the pin back out, just the way it came.
5. Slide it out just enough to have a loop that your finger can go through. Now remove the bobby pin, take the rest of the hair through the loop and pull. This secures it around your braid. Don’t pull too tight!!
6. Done! You did it, honeybee!
Now, repeat the process- distributing hair at your discretion, until you’re through.
Twice, it took me 2 hours to do the crochet braiding (excluding the time spent on cornrows which shouldn’t take so long). 2 hours isn’t bad at all, is it? And I’ve noticed I work faster with my hair when I’m watching TV or talking or doing anything but actively concentrating. You don’t need to have a mirror in front of you for this. You could try it my way, and just run on hair cruise control LOL.
The next time I post about crochet braids, we’ll talk styling- and cover any other things you’d like to know. If you have any questions, put them in the comments so I’d answer them in that post. No question is too silly lol feel free 🙂
I hope this illustration is good enough? If it’s still not clear to you, click here to be transported to the Jouelzy tutorial on YouTube!