20 Best Crochet Braids Hairstyles of 2021

If you haven't rocked a crochet braid hairstyle before, then you are probably sleeping on the good stuff, sis.  

Crochet braids are cute protective styles, which require little maintenance and are incredibly easy to install or take down.

This innovative braided hairstyle is made by looping faux hair extensions into your hair using a crochet needle. You can achieve a variety of styling options on different textures with your crochet braids, from going for a long hairstyle or a short one the next day.

How many packs of hair do you need for your crochet braids?

This usually depends on what style or length you are going for. Typically you will need an average of 3-6 packs of hair to achieve your desired crochet braids.

How do you install crochet braids?

Crochet braids are easy to install, so you can pretty much install them by yourself or have your hairstylist install them for you.

To see how you can install your crochet braids by yourself, check out this tutorial by Seun Okimi:

How long can you keep in your crochet braids?

You can keep in your crochet braids for about 4-8 weeks. But if you stay in a place with high humidity, you may need to keep it in for about 4 weeks so your scalp can breathe too. 

How can you take care of your natural hair while it is in crochet braids?

To take care of your natural hair while it's in crochet braids, you need to moisturize your hair daily with a leave-in conditioner spray. You can also use any of your favorite natural oil on your scalp, so it doesn't dry out. 

Would crochet braids damage your hair?

Crochet braids may not damage your hair. However, the job is entirely up to your hairstylist to prevent that from happening. It is important that you remind your hairstylist not to braid the cornrows underneath your crochet braids too tight or install your crochet too tight. If you can, also ask your hairstylist to leave your edges loose and use an edge control gel to lay your edges instead. This way your hair is less susceptible to damage.

20 best crochet braids hairstyles

We picked out some of the best crochet braids hairstyles you can try out for your next protective style:

1. Curly Crotchet Pixie

Curly Crotchet Pixie

                                          @vanitybydanit

Want a pixie cut look with an extra bit of drama? This Curly Crotchet Pixie framing the forehead will add all the curls and drama you need.

2. Red Crochet with Bantu Knots and Fulani Braids

Red Crochet with Bantu Knots and Fulani Braids

This is a step up to your crotchet look. You can experiment with a mix of bantu knots, Fulani braids plus bouncy curls with a great blend of red.

3. Curly Crochet with Bangs

What's better that just a curly crotchet? A curly crotchet with bangs. These small springy curls will look great, running down the length of your face. If you can want more volume, you can fluff it with your hands.

4. Long Crochet Twist Braids

Long Crochet Twist Braids

                                                  @hairbytess

Instead of long hours spent at the salon getting your twists done, install your favorite chunky twists with this crotchet. This saves you a lot of time and protects your hair better.

5. Cute Blonde Crochet Curls

Blonde Crochet Curls

                                          @hairbeenatural

Go for a blend of loose curls and a gorgeous blonde color with this look. And this is perfect if you have always wanted to try a color other than black.

6. Medium Length Crochet Box Braids

Medium Length Crochet Box Braids

Box braids usually take an awful amount of time to get done but you can choose the easiest way to wear them. Crotchet Box Braids is worth a try if you want the glamour with the stress.

7. Bouncy Curls Crochet Braids

Bouncy Curls Crochet Braids

Big hair don't care. Rock a gorgeous big hair with the right amount of bouncy curls without thinking of achieving volume or defining your curls first. 

8. Burgundy Crochet Braids

Burgundy Crochet Braids
                                                 @kissbykriss

Spice up your braids look with some burgundy color. This is a perfect way to experiment with color that is bold without being all over the place.

9.  Top Knot Half Up Half Down Crochet Braids

Top Knot Half Up Half Down Crochet Braids

Try a half up, half down hairstyle with this crotchet braids. To ensure you don't end up pulling your hair up, this top knot is made by making cornrows and attaching the crotchet at the ends.

10. River Goddess Locs Crochet Braids With Leave Out 

River Goddess Locs Crochet Braids With Leave Out

Looking to wear the Goddess Locs but not yet ready to do it with your own hair? You can try out the River Goddess Locs, the leave out will make it look more natural.

11. Long Goddess Locs Crochet Braids

Long Goddess Locs Crochet Braids

                                               @crownedbyd

This is a surefire way to get long locs for your hair without the commitment. Just install your Goddess Locs and take it for a spin.

12. Passion Twists Crochet Braids

Passion Twists Crochet Braids

                                                   @kalonrosenyc

Love passion twists but bothered about the long hours needed to make them? The Passion Twists Crotchet Braids is an easy way to get those passion twists and try out longer lengths as desired.

13.  Ombre Jamaican Bounce

Ombre Jamaican Bounce
Want the curls of a bantu knot outs but don't want to stress about making actual bantu knots? This crotchet style is great for getting those curls and also sport a bold color.

14. Water Wave Crochet Curls

Water Wave Crochet Curls

This is a twist out look achieved with crotchet. This could pass for an actual twist out without anyone noticing the difference. 

15. Wavy Bob Crochet Braids

Wavy Bob Crochet Braids
                                                  @vanitydanit

If you want a wavy bob look, this braid-free crotchet style is a great fit. And if you want to experiment with color for this look you can too.

16.  Top Knot Crochet Braids with Highlights

Top Knot Crochet Braids with Highlights

                                                 @cydneyo

This crotchet braids really lets you go the extra way to play around with colors. The best part of this style is that you can style this crotchet braids however you like.

17. Voluminous and Kinky Textured Curls

Voluminous and Kinky Textured Curls

                                              @jasminedefined

Long curls are your thing? Get those shoulder grazing curls with some volume with this crotchet style. 

18. Holographic Multi-colored Shoulder Length Curls

Holographic Multi-colored Shoulder Length Curls
                                              @marykbella

If you want to try out some multicolored locs but can't commit to letting all that color onto your hair, this crotchet locs can be a quick fix for this.

19. Purple Haze Crochet Braids

Purple Haze Crochet Braids

                                             @toningtoni

Here's another crotchet locs style you can rock with a bold purple color. You can finally check this look off your hair inspo list. 

20. Curly Crochet Braids with Side Cornrows

Curly Crochet Braids with Side Cornrows

                                          @hairbycherokeesan

This is a blend of side braids and loose curls that frames your face and shows off your best angle. Fluff with your hands to achieve some volume. 

But if you aren't up for spending good time installing your crochet braids you can just slap on any of our lightweight crochet braids wigs and call it a day.