Best Hair For Crochet Braids
If you’re looking for a protective style that can give you big, full hair in a relatively short installation time, crochet braids are your new best friend. They provide a number of versatile ways to wear your hair, and are much easier to pull off at home compared to box braids or sew-in extensions, especially for anyone who considers themselves an amateur. A great crochet braided style can last for more than a month, and might leave people thinking you aren’t wearing extensions at all. For women who are new to the style, you might feel overwhelmed at the number of choices you have when it comes to buying crochet hair. Extensions are available in so many different lengths, textures, and materials that it can be hard to decide which is best for you.
1Choosing The Best Hair For Crochet Braids
In the world of extensions, human hair is usually considered preferable to synthetic. As real hair grown on someone else’s head, it can be washed, heat styled, and dyed just like your own hair. But with crochet braided styles, the opposite is actually true. The more dense synthetic hair is better suited to staying put in the knots used in crochet braiding, while silky soft human hair tends to slip out of place, especially once it’s absorbed any moisture. The upside is that crochet braids are one of the most affordable styles involving extensions, but some women worry their style will look cheap or unnatural. To help you choose the best synthetic hair for your next crochet style, here’s our breakdown of the best hair products:
2Pre-Curled Hair: Outre X-Pression Kinky Curl
The perfect hair for crochet braid newbies, this pre-curled hair comes in a kinky style straight out of the package, meaning you don’t have to spend any time messing around with perm rods or hot water. Great for creating soft, bouncy looks that blend well with your own hair, X-Pression Kinky Curl comes in ultra long 24″ lengths that can be left Rapunzel style or cut to a trendy, mid-length style.
3Outre X-Pression Cuevana Bounce
Another crochet ready style from Outre, Cuevana Bounce hair lets you create high volume style with a very natural looking curl pattern. To extend the life of these curls, you can use perm rods and hot water to re-set the curl after the hair has been installed.
4FreeTress Gogo Curl
FreeTress GoGo Curl hair is generally more inexpensive than the other pre-curled extensions on our list, making it a good choice for crochet braids on a budget. Some users find it feels rather stiff right out of the package, but you can handle and manipulate the strands to loosen and soften them before installing.
5Isis Collection Bohemian Soft Water Curls
These Bohemian Soft Water Curls have a very tight curl pattern that creates long lasting crochet styles. The hair does tend to frizz, but for some women this is a plus in that it helps contribute to a more natural look.
6FreeTress Water Wave
Another popular hair that comes pre-looped for easy crochet installation is FreeTress Water Wave. With a fairly tight curl pattern, FreeTress Water Wave offers up natural looking style for a reasonable price, and is well suited for cutting into shorter, bouncy cuts.
7FreeTress Deep Twist
This hair is a standout for how soft and realistic it is for synthetic hair. The curl pattern falls in long, shiny, small curls, and applying oil based products is a good way to keep it controlled. Being a less expensive hair, FreeTress Deep Twist does come with its downsides, and tends to shed and tangle in the underneath layers and at the nape of the neck.
8Outre X-Pression Bahamas Curl
Another pre-curled style that’s ready to crochet right out of the bag, this hair will give you a luxurious look with long, soft hair. Because of its silky soft texture, you may find yourself needing to use smaller pieces or a double knotting technique to avoid unravelling. Outre Bahamas Curl hair is similar to FreeTress Deep Twist, but it’s curl definition isn’t quite as tight.
9Model Model Twin Deep
If your biggest priority in a crochet braided style is that the hair be silky soft to the touch, Model Model Twin Deep should be your next hair purchase. These buttery soft strands come in deep, well defined waves that won’t knot when you’re separating out pieces. The downside to wearing such soft hair is that it’s harder to secure in crochet styles, and you’ll have to use very small pieces and use a triple looping method to keep your style from slipping out.
10Un-Curled Hair – Supreme NY Short Braid
This synthetic hair is made from a material called toyokalon fibre that mimics the look of natural relaxed hair. NY Short Braid is a straight style with a subtle crimped texture that’s great for box braids too, meaning you can buy in bulk and use it for a variety of styles. When used for crochet braids, you have the option to pre-curl using perm rods and hot water or to wear it straight out of the package. If you choose to wear it straight, you can refresh your style by braiding hair and dipping it in hot water after its been installed.
11Outre X-Pression Cuevana Twist
As it comes straight out of the package, the texture of this Kanekalon fibre hair is quite coarse, making it easy to secure in crochet or other braided styles. When installed using the crochet technique, Outre Cuevana Twist hair can be curled using rods and hot water, or blow dried straight to achieve the pictured style. This hair is relatively heat resistant, but we’d recommend testing the specific temperature of your blow dryer with a loose strand of the hair.
12FreeTress Equal Jamaican Twist
A braiding hair that comes out of the package with a coarse texture that’s got lots of grip for installation, Jamaican Twist Braid Hair can be transformed into this stunning blowout style with a little bit of work. Once you’ve installed the hair, brush it out fully to remove tangles and help it look more natural. Twist hair around flexible perm rods, then dip each rod in hot water, and leave in for several hours or overnight. After unraveling from the perm rods, hair will continue to dry, at which point you can gently separate curls to get this brushed out look.
13FreeTress Equal Kinky Twist
If you’re looking for a crochet braided afro style, FreeTress Equal Kinky Twist provides an incredibly natural looking hair that will give you volume and shape while keeping your real hair safely under wraps.
14Twists And Locs – Janet Collection Havana Mambo Twist
A go-to for twisted or twist-out crochet braid styles, Janet Collection’s Havana Mambo Twist hair is a natural looking product you can pick up for a reasonable price. If you install the hair as it is and then later decide to try a twist out style, be prepared to do some trimming to manage the increased volume.
15Afri Naptural Senegal Bantu Twist
The Senegalese Bantu Twists by Afri Naptural is very soft synthetic hair that comes pre-twisted and is very easy to install. While the Janet Collection Havana Mambo Twist tends to be more popular hair for jumbo Senegalese or twist-out styles, this brand offers up a good alternative, and comes in a variety of fun and ombre colors.
16Outre X-Pression Large Senegalese Twists
If you’ve been looking to switch up your crochet braid style, these Senegalese twists should be at the top of your list to try. Another product from Outre, X-Pression Senegalese Twists are smooth to the touch and pre-twisted in a tight style that shouldn’t come unraveled. Designed specifically for easy crochet braiding, large loops make installation easy and don’t require double knotting. This style comes in a variety of colors (including ombres!) to make all of your Senegalese dreams come to life.
17Afri Naptural 3D Cubic Twists
Afri Naptural’s 3D Cubic Twist hair comes pre-styled in cubic twists created by wrapping two different two-strand twists around each other. Once installed, you’ll have an amazingly full head of hair that might look heavy, but the Kanekalon hair is very light and wearable. If you want to go for an even bigger volume look, you can cut the ends off and wear in a twist out method. This gorgeous hair comes in several ombre shades, including this rich looking ombre burgundy.
18Janet Collection Havana Mambo Faux Locs
Compared to the traditional faux loc method that involves twisting hair together and then wrapping those twists with synthetic hair, crochet braid faux locs are a quick and simple way to get the look. This Janet Collection Havana Mambo Faux Locs hair is easy to install, and the shiny locs come in fun colors that are easy to mix and match.
19Bobbi Boss Micro Locs
If you’re looking for a new style that’s more slim than some of the chunky twist styles, Bobbi Boss Micro Locs will give you a faux loc style that’s low-key and easy to install. The hair is well constructed with finished ends, and resists unravelling even after weeks of wear.
20Bobbi Boss Bomba Faux Locs
If you’re a long time loc wearer looking for the most natural crochet style, Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks get tons of praise for how natural they look, even in the deep jewel tone colors. Some wearers find that the blunt ends stick together when worn as-is out of the package, but you can customize them by pulling the ends apart, then twisting back together and setting in hot water before installation.