41 Chic Crochet Braid Hairstyles for Black Hair

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They were big in the 90’s and it seems they’re back again – crochet braids are back on the rise and they’re bigger and better than ever.

If you’ve ever wanted to play around with style, texture, length or color, crochet braids give you the perfect opportunity with synthetic and human hair used to create the look.

If you want to rock this classic, versatile design once again, here are :

41 Hot Crochet Braid Styles for Black Hair

1. Big Afro Style

If you have medium to long-length hair, you could totally rock this big afro style, suitable for all face shapes too.

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There’s an art to getting this – you’ll need to braid the hair, starting at the forehead and working back, before sewing the ends of the hair to the head. The curly weave will need to be installed with a crochet needle, and finishing serum provides the perfect finishing touch leaving it soft and smooth.

2. Big Crochet Braid Hair + Peeking Cornrows

You can use peeking cornrows in a bid to create half updo’s with your crochet braids, giving you more ways to wear them than you first envisaged.

Leave the cornrows subtle like you can see here, or take them further back to create intricate shapes and designs leading to a classy undo. Remember to take care of your crochet braids to ensure they are left in tip-top condition and you have a hair style you can totally rock for a couple of months before you need to do maintenance work to it.

3. Cute Updo

You can create faux-bangs with your crochet braids if you’re clever. All you need to do is separate a section that covers the front section of your hair and wave it over to one side like you can see here.

You could leave the rest of your braids down or tie it back in a low chignon-type bun like you can see here for an office-suitable look that takes just minutes to achieve.

4. Short, Deep Purple Style

Crochet braids give you a great way to play around with a bit of color so why not play around with it?

We love this short, deep purple style and it’s definitely on the wish-list for us to recreate. There’s no end to the possibilities you could come up with either. Big, colorful hair is most definitely in fashion for right now so get a little creative!

5. Big, Dark Brown Hair

We often forget about the humble center-parting when we have hair we can do anything with but sometimes it works just going back to basics and leaving things simple.

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Depending on the intricacy of your style, crochet braids can last for up to eight weeks if you maintain them properly, giving you the perfect opportunity to rock easy and natural styles just like this one. You can have as much or as little volume as you like with this style of braiding so why not go bigger than you usually would?

Make the change!

6. Crochet Twists

Giving your look more structure is also easy as shown by these crochet braid twists.

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It’s all about the twist and once you’re done twisting your braids, twist the top half of them into an easy, clean and simple bun, securing in place with bobby pins.

For a more dressy look, why not consider adding hair cuffs? We think they look simply beautiful with big braids!

7. Purple Crochet Braids

When you go big, you might as well go bold and what better way than with this pretty purple crochet braids?

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The easiest way to take care of a style like this is to tie your hair up and cover with a scarf when you go to bed at night. A conditioning spray is also necessary to take out frizziness and increase moisture and hydration. This is a look that will require some maintenance so make sure you have both the time and the tools first.

8. Burgundy Twist Out Hair

We’ve seen pretty purple’s and now it’s time for ravishing red!

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These crochet braids look stunning in this deep red shade and you’ll find it compliments many skin tones perfectly too.

If you’re too afraid to go to a deep red color like this one, ask your stylist for a reddy-brown instead? Ease your way there gradually and the transition will be much easier. A great tip if you’re not used to playing around with color.

9. Short & Curly Style

Just because you can have long braids doesn’t mean you’ve got to! Why not combine your crochet braids with a shorter look instead? We think this short and curly style is simply adorable.

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Having a full head of braids or weave can put pressure on your hair and sometimes, it’s wise to take them out and go back to a much shorter length. Every now and again, give your head and your scalp a break. It still looks pretty beautiful, we think.

10. Curly Layered Crochet Braids

To give your hair a bit more volume, ask your stylist for layers in your crochet braids. It helps to give the impression of more hair and is a great tip for long hair and short hair alike.

You can use just about any hair to recreate just about any look with crochet braids, just one of the reasons they are becoming increasingly popular. Why not opt for a style you haven’t tried before? What’s the point in having all those opportunities if you’re not going to take them?

11. Black and Burgundy Crochet Braids

If you’re not sure what color you want to go, or just don’t want to change your entire head of hair a completely different shade, add a few coloured crochet braids instead!

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Adding a few stripes of color is always an easier choice than changing your look completely, and if you add the color to the front sections that will frame your face, you’ll get a good idea of what you’ll look like if you do finally decide to take the plunge and go all-in. It’s a great way to ease yourself in gradually.

12. Dark Brown and Honey Blonde Style

We’ve looked at red and now it’s time to look at blonde. We instantly fell in love with this dark brown and honey blonde style of crochet braids and we think you’re going to love it too.

A look that Queen Bee herself, Beyonce, would rock with ease, blondes and browns go great together and can be multi-toned to make it more natural… Or less if you’re bold enough.

13. Cute Half Updo

For the days you’re not sure what kind of mood you’re in, a half updo style is just perfect.

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It’s easy to do and gives you a great way to get a few more days worth of use out of your hair before a trip to the salon is required. You can hide a multitude of sins with this clever look and it takes just a few minutes to complete once you’ve gotten the hang of it.

14. Crochet Braids Pictorial

If you’ve ever wondered how they achieve the cute crochet braids look, here’s a sneaky peek:

As you can see, there’s no limit to the kind of look you can achieve with this style. Length, colour, texture, finished result – it all depends on you and your choices.

15. Elegant Updo

Sometimes the occasion just calls for a little bit of elegance and we think this elegant updo is perfect.

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Don’t be afraid to follow YouTube tutorials on how to do your hair but at the same time, don’t be afraid to make up your own unique styles too. There are so many things you can do with hair like yours so why aren’t you making the most of it? Be unique – put your own stamp on things.

16. Blonde Style

If you’ve always wanted to go blonde, why not go blonde? It’s all about finding the right shade, something a stylist can help you do if you find one you trust implicitly.

Having a good relationship with your stylist makes you braver to try looks you wouldn’t otherwise have tried. You want to use someone who isn’t afraid to turn around and tell you they don’t think your latest style-thoughts will suit you. You need to trust that this person will do a good job. If you’re not comfortable sat in that chair, you’re not going to want to think outside the box and you’ll always have the same style over and over again.

Where’s the fun in that?

17. Crochet Twists Bob

You don’t want long hair but you don’t want short hair either? What about a bob or lob? The long-bob, as shown here, brings with it many benefits…

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If you want to put your hair up, you still have enough length to do just that. If you want to wear your hair down, it’s still long enough to be flattering and frame your face rather than making it appear rounder. It’s okay to just sit in that mid-way part for a while, and it’ll give your scalp a break from the heavy braids for a while too.

18. Big Hair, Don’t Care!

We ALL want big hair right now and look at this fabulous beauty… This is an example of really big hair done really, really right.

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One of the best things about crochet braids is that there is no ingredient present you could suffer with an allergic reaction to, or that could do damage to your hair or scalp. There’s no glue, no bonding material, no adhesives. The new hair, whatever material you choose, can be sewn into your own corn-rowed hair, giving you the opportunity to add more and more hair if you wanted to. If you ever wanted to go big, now’s the time, and this is definitely how you do it.

19. Grey Crochet Box Braids

Remember when we said you should play around with color. Well, this is a classic example of why.

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If you thought you couldn’t follow the latest hair-trends such as silver hair, mermaid hair, sunset hair, etc… You were wrong. Crochet braids give you the perfect way to play with different shades and we couldn’t help but fall a little bit in love with these grey beauties.

20. Yes, these are Crochet Braids.

They don’t look like crochet braids but they are just that.

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This gives you a classic example of how versatile this hair is. You can use any material and achieve any look you want. Show your stylist this look and wow your friends and family alike with this stunning design.

21. Two Toned Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are definitely not boring and when you learn about this two toned crochet braids look, you can see why.

Two-toning your locks is a great way to play around with new shades and tones, and you can achieve a multitude of looks too. This is a great way to start playing around with the realms of sunset and mermaid hair. Start with a few purple or pink strands and add more and more colors – blues, silvers, whites, whatever you like.

22. Chocolate Crochet Braids

Or you could go back to basics with a beautiful chocolate brown shade. It really is down to you.

While everyone else is rocking all the colors under the sun, why don’t you take things back to basics with this simple, fresh look perfect for winter.

23. Crochet Braids in 3 Easy Steps!

There is much less stress put on your scalp when you look at crochet braids over other types of corn rows or braids.

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You’re not gluing anything to the hair or scalp and because of this, your scalp can still breathe naturally. This means that the hair growing beneath will be healthier and happier.

Because you can reach more of the scalp, crochet braids also make cleaning easier, allowing you to reach parts of the scalp you wouldn’t have been able to get to with other types and styles.

24. Pop of Honey Blonde

You will need to make sure you know how to moisturise your hair properly when you have crochet braids.

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If you want hair that looks good, you need to learn how to take care of it and thorough moisturizing is vitally important. You will need to use your conditioning spray every night to keep them looking smooth and manageable. Coconut oil is also good for protecting the seals at the ends.

25. Mambo Crochet Twists

A simple look but one that is both elegant and effective, using the front portion of your hair, simply twist it back and secure into place either with pins or a band.

When your eyebrows are ‘on fleek’ and your makeup is ‘on point’, it makes sense to want to show it off a little. What a perfect way!

26. Big, Curly and Layered

If you want to avoid frizziness, buy yourself some silk pillow cases and also some silk scarves too.

When you’re tossing and turning in bed, cotton pillowcases will rub against your smooth beautiful hair and causing frizziness and breaking. This will make your look decrease in quality.

The smooth fabric of silk will help to protect the hair, allowing it to slide over it rather than be rubbed.

27. Short Twist Out Style

A low-manipulation look, crochet braids are perfect for those transition stages – growing out hair, or starting again, giving your own hair a chance to become healthy again before you go for heavier and more high-maintenance weaves.

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Your hair won’t grow any faster but because it can breathe and be washed easier, it will be in a much better condition than before. It’s also a great style for when you’re not sure what kind of look you want. Think of it like a perfect in-between look.

28. Crochet Braids + Side Cornrows

If you want to stand out from the crowd, you’re going to need to switch things up a bit.

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The side-shave was everywhere this year but if you’re not brave enough to actually go under the razor, braid it. Or as we like to say, don’t shave it, brave it!

It’s a great way to cheat the latest style and you can opt for a number of different designs in your braids too. Why not think outside the box and opt for something a little different?

29. Bold, Purple Style

A great way to really stand out is to combine those fake-shaved braids with a solid pop of color!

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Purple, pink, red, blue, green… You decide!

30. Sexy, Big Hair

You can use dry shampoo to extend the time between stylist-visits with crochet braids, just another reason why they’ve become such a firm favorite.

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Separate the hair into sections, use dry shampoo and a dry cloth and rub the area gently to remove dirt and grime build up. Just remember to have your conditioning treatment handy for when you’re finished, and use the softest cloth you can find to minimise breakage.

A quick once-over will give your crochet braids a new lease of life to last you a few more days.

31. Fluffy, Medium Cut Style

Just because you can go anti-frizz doesn’t mean you need to. The fluffy look is back and as you can see from this beauty, there’s a good reason for that.

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Leave things softer and fluffier around the base for added volume but leave the ends relatively structured to stop the whole looking too messy.

32. Tutorial for Curly Crochet Braids

Want something a little more spirally? Ta-dah! These curly crochet braids are the perfect way to wear them, and trust me, for limp and lifeless haired girls, spiral and corkscrew curls are the must have hair trend for right now.

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The 80’s perm is said to be making a comeback and we can’t help but spot curly-haired beauties all over our Instagram feeds. If you want hair guaranteed to keep it’s shape, crochet braids are perfect for it.

33. Long Grey Twist Out Style

Grey hair is such a massive trend right now and sticking with the theme of those corkscrew curls and wavy-waves, we come to this beautiful long grey twist out style.

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One of the simplest ways to achieve stunning waves like this is to style the hair while it’s damp or wet. You simply put your hair in twists over night and when you awake the next morning, your hair will have held its shape. It’s a great, cheating way of getting those cute kinks and waves without needing to use heated styling tools.

34. Cute Black & Dark Red Look

Tight curl styles are said to last longer than the looser styles and many women report they often get more life out of the look too.


If you want something that will last the distance and give you something you won’t need to worry about for a few weeks, opt for a tighter style that will eventually loosen out to a soft wave over time.

35. Big, Black Crochet Braids Style

Although tight curls are better for maximum life span, they are also more likely to frizz so make sure you use a decent conditioning and smoothing serum and treatment to stop this from happening.

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There are a lot of different products on the market but it is well worth asking your stylist as they will know what customers have reported good results with the hair she has installed.

36. Medium Cut Style

Apple cider vinegar can be used on crochet braids to clean the scalp but you are going to want to dilute this a lot to avoid any irritation to skin or hair follicles.

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Mixing warm water, apple cider vinegar and conditioner together in a ‘wash’ to use every two to three weeks will deep clean everything properly, giving you more life out of your look.

37. Honey Blonde Highlights

Before you have your crochet braids installed, you should prep your hair for the best results.

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You will need to do a protein treatment on your hair to ensure it is strong and healthy to withstand the tight corn rows and the heavy lengths or hair being attached to it. Protein helps to boost nutrients to the hair and will plump it also, giving you more strength and better quality hair growth.

You will also need to perform a deep moisturizing treatment to ensure that it is well hydrated.

38. Twist Out Crochet Braids Lob

A great way to ensure the hair stays looking it best, and that your hair is not damaged in the process, is to braid your hair with synthetic hair to give it an added level of protection during the cornrow process.

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Think of it like adding another man to your army – you have another load of strength to keep the look in check.

39. Crochet Braids Using Marley Hair

According to experts, there’s a trick to making installation of the crochet braids easier and that’s blow-drying freshly-washed / wet hair before the cornrows are started.

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Each stylist will have their own tricks and tips on how to make installation, maintenance, and removal of the crochet braids easier so make sure you have a good chat with them while you’re sat there to try and pick up handy hints.

40. Colorful Look

One color? Two colors? Three colors? However many colors you like really. Because you can choose synthetic hair or real human hair, you have the option of brighter colors and also more natural colors – the crochet braids can be dyed.

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We love this almost-natural red, blonde and brunette look and we think you should definitely give it a shot!

41. These look so natural, right?

Who cares if they look natural? Who cares at all? That’s the thing about crochet braids – they’re back and people are coming up with new and improved ways to wear them this time around.

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You have many more tools at your disposal these days so why not make the most of the opportunity? Play around and be natural, or be not-so-natural. Be what you want to be – look how you want to look. Make something new and be creative.


Crochet braids might be a nineties thing but they are definitely coming back around like many other fashion trends before it. One thing is for sure, our makeup and style is definitely better than it was back then, but girl-power… That definitely stuck around!