On a scale of one to versatile, crochet braids are at the latter end of the spectrum. You can rock any style — from box braids to loose waves — using a crochet hook and a cornrow foundation. The look is also great for relieving tension from your scalp (anyone who’s ever had too-heavy box braids knows the struggle) and gives you the look of a protective style without the hours of sectioning and twisting. Other pros? Crochet styles can last four to six weeks and are easy to maintain. Just sleep with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet and keep strands nourished and frizz-free with a lightweight shine spray like the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Sheen.
We’ve rounded up our favorite crochet hairstyles ahead, all of which you can DIY.
A Quick Twist
Senegalese twists can take a long time to create, but you can cut installation time in half by using pre-twisted crochets. To get the look, follow the tutorial by Jai Marii ahead, where she shares how to make ready-made twists look like your own.
Although most crochet styles require a braided base, this tutorial by TheKeyisME uses a wig cap instead. She attaches the crochet hair straight to the cap and the results are absolutely stunning.
A High Puff How-To
This crochet updo by tastePINK is another example of a braidless variation of the style. She says that the look can be done on short hair or even those with alopecia or hair loss.
Goddess locs are one of our favorite looks, and crochet makes it even easier to achieve. We recommend trying this tutorial by Bronniee, where she individually attaches each loc to individual braids. Wear the finished product in a high ponytail or a messy bun.
Let’s Get This Straight
Crochet styles can be straight, too — just set your sights on this half-up, half-down look from teeday6. This style requires a specialized braiding pattern and pre-looped yaki hair to get the look, and let’s just say we’re impressed.
Go With an Afro
For a gorgeous afro created with the crochet technique, check out this tutorial from Tiffany Munroe. While the look is supposed to be full and fluffy, she recommends taking a conservative approach and adding hair as needed as you go.
Bohemian twists just got easier thanks to this tutorial by Chev. B. The key to this look is the rubber band method and requires some twisting skills, but the results are definitely worth it.
We can’t get enough of this look by Erica Revely, which features a half-up, half-down style that’s curly all over.
No Cornrows Necessary
The tutorial ahead by Sadora Paris gives new meaning to the word extra, thanks to her knee-length Sengalese twists. This look isn’t for the shy, so be prepared to turn heads wherever you go