Why You Shouldn’t Sleep on Crochet Protective Styles

By Choya Randolph

Taking care of our natural hair can sometimes feel like a part-time job. The washing day can last a whole day. The LOC and / or LCO method can be a hassle, especially when you’re twisting our hair. And don’t even let me start unraveling. Who needs an arm workout when your unstretched hair needs a bit of detangling?

That is why we nature lovers love a protective hairstyle. They tuck our hair away and give our ends and arms a break. They can last up to a month and are cute. Plus there are so many options: Box Braids, Havana Twists, Feed-In Braids, Rope Twists, Faux Locs, Knotless Braids and the list goes on.

Plus, winter is just around the corner and we’re already struggling with ashy ankles and seasonal hair dryness. Some of us put in extra work to keep our hair hydrated during these cold times. Some of us don’t have time for Alladat. It’s cuff season. We have partners and family members who want some of the time we devote to our hair. This is why a protective vacation hairstyle feels like a must have and crochet hairstyles are top two, not number two.

To some, crocheting sounds like a knitting method, but for us nature lovers it is when we put our hair in like Shemar Moore Crazy black woman’s diary. Then we take our crochet tool and crochet our hair of choice. The first reason the girl crochets is because she gives us options. You can crochet marley hair and make people think you are Chaka Khan. You can crochet kanekalon hair in and make people think you’re getting a slap and inches up to your back. From bouncy wand curls to deeply wavy hair to Bahamian curls, crochet styles serve for versatility.

For those who love their braids, twists and locs but don’t feel like doing all the braids and braids, you can crochet in this style. This is great for my girls who don’t feel like putting their hair in box braids and then wrap some kinky hair around it just to look like they have locs. You can buy a few bags of locs at your local beauty store, crochet these, and end the day.

One disadvantage of protective styles is that they pull on our edges. Sometimes these feed braids will eat up your edges. While we can take steps to protect our hairline, the variety of crochet styles can offer us more protection. Protection styles tend to expose the scalp, but many crochet styles hide our scalp, which can protect our edges. Additionally, when braiding your hair to prepare for crocheting, you can leave out the edges to avoid dragging. Skipping the hairline from twists or braids just doesn’t look good, but you can get away with it when crocheting.

Crochet hairstyles really give us variety. There aren’t many hairstyles that you can’t somehow crochet into your hair. It takes the protective part of protective styling to the next level by protecting our edges as well. Plus, the way you braid your hair doesn’t really matter too much depending on your crochet style. Tucked-in braids will expose you, but crochet braids won’t.

Because of this, crochet styles are DIY friendly. If you mess up a braid at the back, you can cover it up with Marley hair. This is not possible with box braids. Many degrees of protection require a professional, which means you may have to drop a bag to get these twists. Crocheting turns of rope in your hair is a lot easier than twisting the kanekalon hair. So if you’re thinking about what protective style to choose, don’t keep our good sister crochet out of the conversation.

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