By now, you must have heard about the latest salon craze, crochet braids (sometimes called tree braids). In a nutshell, they are a great protective style that can last you well over a month if cared for properly. The stylist will cornrow your hair, and then extensions of your choice are “crocheted” into the braids using a latch hook or other tool. But are crochet braids for you? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.
Pros of Crochet Braids:
- Protective style saves your hair from excessive manipulation and exposure to elements.
- Can be done in any texture: curly, straight, twists, etc. (It’s all up to the quality of hair used.)
- Can be cut to any length.
- Can be installed in any length of hair.
- Can be styled virtually anyway you want.
- Don’t require a lot of expensive hair products to maintain.
- Offer easy access to the scalp for moisturizing and conditioning.
- Can be installed in any color, no need to blend with your own hair. (Though a leave out is optional.)
- Styling is as easy as shake and go!
- Allows your scalp to BREATHE. (Healthy hair is always #1.)
Cons of Crochet Braids:
- Can look very unnatural if not trimmed after installing.
- Can appear clumpy if the base braids are sloppy.
- Can itch if not cleaned periodically.