Crochet braids were first known as the Latch Hook technique in the early 1990s. The modern-day style made a comeback in the 2010s.
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Crochet braids have become quite the phenomenon in recent years. This widely popular trend is everything clients are looking for – an inexpensive, natural-looking, low maintenance hairstyle that can be worn any time of the year.
Crochet braids are similar to sew-in weaves, but with noticeable differences. While both involve cornrowing the base of the scalp, they differ in the installation methods and type of hair that is used. To install crochet braids, a stylist uses bulk, loose extensions and loops the extensions into the cornrow using a crochet hook.
Because of the type of extensions used, clients can wear curly or wavy styles that they would otherwise not be able to wear with a sew-in weave. Extensions can even be in the form of pre-twisted or pre-braided hair, allowing one to wear styles such as Senegalese twists and box braids with only half of the installation time.
Crochet braids typically do not take long to install. Prepping and installation time typically takes an average of 3-4 hours. Take-down time averages about half of the installation time. With proper care, crochet braids can last up to 8 weeks.