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50 Classy Crochet Hairstyles from Twists and Braids to Curls and Locs

Are crochet styles good for natural hair?

To say crochet hairstyles are a game changer for natural hair is an understatement. We actually call them a mane changer. The ease and versatility of crochet hairstyles are unmatched. And as one of the best protective styles for hair growth, they win on both fashion and function.

Box braids. Faux locs. Passion twists. Many of your favorite looks used to require endless hours in a braider’s chair, and possibly having to pop aspirin to deal with the subsequent pain. Then, there are those moments when you want to experiment with a style that’s significantly longer or shorter than your natural hair, explore different textures and colors, or turn up the volume.

Thanks to crochet braids, synthetic hair can be easily attached to your cornrowed natural hair using a crochet hook; which means you can achieve the desired look and be on your stylish way, in a fraction of the time; not to mention, more than likely, do it yourself.

The best part is, unlike many other protective styles, with crochet braids, you still have relatively easy access to your natural hair to clean, hydrate, and moisturize it as needed. And with your hair being completely tucked away, there’s no need to worry about leave outs or blending, and damage is less likely.

We seriously can’t sing their praises enough. Beyond being protective, crochet hairstyles have no doubt saved Black women countless hours that would otherwise be spent styling our hair. Needless to say we’re thrilled to be able to reclaim our time.

What are the disadvantages of crochet hairstyles?

The only con to crochet hairstyles is the challenge in creating updos without your natural hair being exposed. There is also a possibility that the tension created by crochet hairstyles can cause hair loss and thinning, if your natural hair is cornrowed too tightly, but that can happen when installing any braided hairstyle and is totally avoidable.

How do you prep natural hair for a crochet style?

Prior to installing a crochet hairstyle, your natural hair is often braided in a combination of individual but linked box braids in the front and cornrows at the back. Known as the illusion braiding pattern, this is probably the most popular method used as a foundation, however there are alternate ways to install crochet hairstyles that don’t require braiding at all.

Regardless of your preferred method, we have to stress the importance of starting on freshly washed hair, as well as properly moisturizing and prepping the hair before braiding. Because natural hair is already typically on the dry side, a good deep conditioning treatment beforehand can help to provide you with long-lasting hydration and much-needed protection against breakage.

Be sure to apply a heat protectant if you plan on blow drying to stretch your natural hair. Lastly, using a leave-in conditioner, nourishing twisting cream, and light oil, also known as the LCO Method, as you’re braiding, will help to lock in maximum moisture pre-installation.

How do you take care of your natural hair while wearing a crochet hairstyle?

If you have issues with itchiness or dandruff, you can use an antiseptic oil, or one that contains tea tree and peppermint to soothe and lubricate your scalp. While we don’t recommend using cream-based products directly on your hair after installation, you can dilute them with warm water and spritz your natural hair daily, or just opt to use your favorite liquid leave-in conditioner to hydrate.

Avoid products with drying alcohols, sulfates, cones, mineral oil and petroleum/petrolatum.

Whenever your natural hair gets wet, either through washing, swimming or maintenance, always make sure it’s able to dry thoroughly so as not to become subject to matting and mildew, not to mention, create an environment where bacteria can breed.

Lastly, cover your hair with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet at night to preserve your look and you should ideally be good to go for 4-8 weeks.

And now without further ado, scroll down to see the creativity that’s possible with crochet hairstyles .

50 Hot Crochet Hairstyles that are Sure to Turn Heads

1. Red Criss-Cross Crochet

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down rubber band crochet protective hairstyle
IG: @meliszamcfierce

Featuring a laid criss-cross rubber band style at the front and a kinky crochet at the back, everything about this red half-up half-down hairstyle is fire!

2. Half-Up Half-Down Crochet Boho Twists

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down crochet boho locs hairstyle
IG: @designsbyjazmyne

Perfectly imperfect, these carefree crochet boho twists are calling our name.

3. Crochet Kinky Afro

Crochet kinky afro worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @deyemmi_ade @gidistyles

For those times you want to protect your natural hair, with a style that still looks like your natural hair, this crochet kinky afro is a winner.

4. Crochet Boho Goddess Locs

Crochet boho goddess locs worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @mandy_jacobz

Gathered into a loose half-up half down hairstyle, these 24″ boho goddess locs look divine.

5. Short Ombre Crochet Faux Locs

Black woman wearing short sandy brown ombre faux locs as a protective style
IG: @designsbyjazmyne

Whether short, layered and left loose, or long and gathered into a high side ponytail, crochet ombre faux locs can be pretty unFAUXgettable.

6. Chocolate Bronde Crochet Faux Locs High Ponytail

Black woman wearing a chocolate bronde faux locs high ponytail as a protective style
IG: @princessgisa

7. Peek-a-Boo Passion Twists

Peekaboo passion twists on a crochet wig capworn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @shaynaviolet

Thanks to the use of an oval part crochet wig cap, this 30″ passion twists install took less than two hours, it’s undetectable and the peek-a-boo color is poppin’.

8. Crochet Butterfly Locs with Middle Part

Black woman wearing crochet butterfly locs with a middle part as a protective style for her natural hair
IG: @sincerelyoghosa @crochetbyolu

These may be standard long butterfly locs, but they’re still stunning in their simplicity.

9. Crochet River Locs with Auburn Tips

Black woman wearing a crochet river locs hairstyle with auburn tips
IG: @adlux_collections

Naturally appealing, we can definitely rock with these voluminous crochet river locs.

10. Medium Crochet Box Braids with Curly Ends

Medium crochet box braids with curly ends worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair

When you don’t have the time, funds or patience to install individual box braids, or perhaps you just don’t know how, crochet box braids come through in the clutch. Super cute, quick, easy and considerably more affordable, they really are a no-brainer.

11. Ombre Spring Twist Out Crochet

A crochet ombre spring twist out hairstyle worn by a Black woman with natural hair as a protective style
IG: @iammarybennett

Separated crochet spring twist hair delivered this surprisingly voluminous kinky curly fro, and we are HAIR. FOR. IT!

12. Crochet Faux Locs with a Goddess Twist

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down crochet goddess faux locs protective hairstyle
IG: @spritzhairstudio

Lightweight and lovely, this faux locs look with a goddess twist, in a half-up bun, is simply breathtaking.

13. Curly Crochet Asymmetrical Bob

Black woman wearing a curly crochet asymmetrical bob
IG: @vanitybydanit

You can’t go wrong with a short, chic bob, but the asymmetrical cut and cascading spiral curls took this crochet look to the next level.

14. Crochet Curly Pixie

Black woman wearing a crochet curly pixie hairstyle
IG: @vanitybydanit

While there’s a tendency to gravitate toward longer, lush looks when protective styling, there are plenty of must-try short styles like this crochet curly pixie or the auburn coily updo below.

15. Short Auburn Curly Crochet Updo

Black woman wearing a short auburn curly crochet updo hairstyle

16. Cocoa Crochet Senegalese Twists

Black woman wearing brown crochet Senegalese twists
IG: @julialopes01

Sleek and sexy, these cocoa crochet Senegalese twists are hot.

17. Black Crochet Spring Twists with a Pop of Color

Black woman wearing crochet spring twists with a pop of color as a protective style in her natural hair
IG: @marykbella

Even a subtle pop of color can make a standard, but still pretty, twists style stand out.

18. Jumbo Grey Crochet Havana Twists with Shaved Sides

Jumbo grey crochet Havana twists with shaved sides worn by a woman with natural hair

The shaved sides of these side-swept Havana Twists, along with the gorgeous grey color, make this crochet style, equal parts edgy and exquisite.

19. Half-Up Half-Down Cornrows and Crochet Ringlets

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down cornrows and crochet ringlets as a protective style
IG: @blvckhair_ng

Mini cornrows on the sides add just the right amount of visual interest to this voluminous half-up half-down crochet hairstyle.

20. Honey Blonde Crochet Pineapple

Honey blonde crochet pineapple hairstyle in a head scarf worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @pinkvalenciaga_

The pineapple method is not just for nightime style preservation. When done right, a fashionable scarf can be used to highlight your color, showcase your voluminous curls and slay all day.

21. Chunky Crochet Fairy Butterfly Locs

Black woman wearing a chunky crochet fairy butterfly locs hairstyle
IG: @blvckhair_ng

A little shabby, and unbelievably chic, these distressed, chunky crochet fairy locs are absolutely exquisite.

22. Spring Twists Crochet Wig

Spring twists crochet wig worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @marykbella

Now this look may be a little more involved, requiring supplies like a wig head, braided cap, lace, needle and thread, as well some minor sewing skills, but the extra effort is well worth it, for these adorable spring twists.

If you’re up for the challenge, check out the tutorial below for all the tips and tricks you need to step your wig game up.

23. Jumbo Crochet Havana Twists

Jumbo crochet Havana twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair

Super cute and quick, these jumbo crochet Havana twists are a must-have hairstyle.

24. Crochet Gypsy Locs with Gold Cuffs

Crochet gypsy locs with gold cuffs worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair

Crochet gypsy locs came through with the carefree boho slay.

25. Half-Up Half-Down Long Curly Crochet

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down long curly crochet protective style

Featuring voluminous cascading curls, this half-up half-down crochet style is hands down, one of our favorite looks.

26. Long Crochet Waves

Black woman wearing a wavy long crochet hairstyle
IG: @vanitybydanit

Known as Dada Curls, this lengthy, layered crochet style is a mix of two curl types strategically blended for a naturally wavy look.

27. Short Dark Purple Crochet Spring Twists

Black woman wearing short dark purple crochet spring twists as a protective style

Showcasing the perfect shade of purple, these crochet spring twists stand out, while still being surprisingly subtle.

28. Crochet Spiral Faux Locs

Crochet spiral faux locs worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @poupeekinky

Adding curls or coils to your faux locs is a fun and simple way to switch your style up.

29. Salt and Pepper Crochet Curly Mohawk

Black woman wearing a salt and pepper crochet curly mohawk
IG: @latchednhooked

If you think grey hair is just for “old” people, then tell that to this mohawk. Featuring medium and large Salt n’ Peppa crochet curls, this entire look is pretty badass.

30. Short Coily Crochet Pixie

Black woman wearing a short coily crochet pixie hairstyle

A short cut that speaks for itself, sis looks pretty as a pixie in this coily crochet look.

31. Stitch Cornrows and Crochet Natural Waves

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down stitch cornrows and crochet natural waves hairstyle
IG: @blvckhair_ng

Stitch cornrows meet natural waves to create this voluminous and incredibly versatile look.

32. Half-Up Half-Down Crochet Senegalese Twists

Crochet Senegalese twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @thechicnatural

Modified straight-back cornrows served as the foundation for these simple, but stunning crochet Senegalese twists. Start to finish in under three hours, check out the tutorial below to get all of the deets.

33. Long Ombre Curly Crochet

Black woman wearing a long wine colored ombre curly crochet hairstyle

Showcasing subtle shades of red, this wavy wine-colored crochet hairstyle is OMBRE-lievable.

34. Jumbo Bohemian Goddess Crochet Faux Locs

Jumbo boho goddess crochet faux locs worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @dayelasoul

No need for cornrows to achieve these jumbo boho faux locs. First her natural hair was box braided and the ends secured with rubber bands. Then, a crochet needle was used to install her Uni Locs. Lastly, Caribbean Beach Curls were added throughout, giving her style that stunning goddess look.

35. Medium Length Crochet Butterfly Locs

Black woman wearing medium length crochet butterfly locs
IG: @leniza_evy

A great go-to style, medium length butterfly locs are a lovely, low maintenance and always photo-ready look.

36. Half-Up Half-Down Curly Crochet

Black woman with natural hair wearing a half-up half-down curly crochet hairstyle
IG: @clatodd

No worries if you don’t know how to braid. If you can put your natural hair into three buns, you can create this super cute, curly look. We’re talking a beautiful braidless crochet style using Jamaican bounce hair, in under an hour. Now that’s Black Girl Magic!

37. Three-Color Ombre Crochet Passion Twists

Three-tone ombre crochet passion twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @marykbella

No hue is taboo. You can switch up your passion twists, thanks to the availability of colors from natural ombre to neon.

38. Faux Short Ombre Crochet Passion Twists

Faux short ombre crochet passion twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @marykbella

The previous style with an additional twist, wrapping your passion twists around themselves in a faux layered look, is a wonderful way to shake things up.

39. Half-Up Half-Down Crochet Mambo Twist Out

Black woman with natural hair wearing a half-up half-down Mambo twist out crochet protective style with tribal braids
IG: @queenteshna

Get creative by playing around with your crochet hair colors like the red ombre below to switch up your half-up hairstyle.

40. Copper Crochet Box Braids with Curly Ends

Copper crochet box braids with curly ends worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @mandy_jacobz

How cute are these copper crochet box braids with curly ends?

41. Short Three-Color Curly Crochet

Black woman wearing a short three-color curly crochet hairstyle
IG: @jd_winters @vanitybydanit

Undetectable and undeniably gorgeous, this three-tone curly crochet hairstyle is a head-turner.

42. Voluminous Crochet Rod Set

Black woman wearing a crochet rod set as a protective style
IG: @latchednhooked

Featuring large pre-curled and looped crochet curls, with no rolling required, this fail-proof rod set is right up our alley.

43. Crochet Twist Out Curl

Black woman wearing a crochet twist out curl hairstyle
IG: @latchednhooked

While lovely as is, and reminiscent of an unseparated twist out, we would pull this hair apart in.a heartbeat for maximum impact.

44. Berry Crochet Wand Curled Bob

Black woman wearing a berry crochet wand curled bob as a protective style
IG: @pinkvalenciaga_

For those who aren’t afraid to take chances, this curly, bold berry bob is absolutely WANDerful.

45. Loose Wavy Crochet Lob

Black woman wearing a loose wavy crochet lob with grey highlights
IG: @vanitybydanit @gabnicole2020

This loose wavy crochet install with grey highlights is the epitome of aging gracefully and gorgeously.

46. Burgundy Jumbo Crochet Faux Locs

Short maroon jumbo crochet faux locs bob worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @_harrisjanae_

Installed in just 3 hours, using 3X pre-fluffed poppin’ twist hair, this bold, burgundy jumbo faux locs bob is lit.

47. Mid-Length Wavy Crochet Locs

Wavy crochet faux locs protective style worn by a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @mandy_jacobz

If you have the time, the know-how is no problem. YouTube plus practice, will turn you into a protective styling pro, consistently whipping up gorgeous looks like these soft wavy crochet locs.

48. Short Caramel Crochet Spring Twists

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down short caramel crochet spring twists protective style
IG: @mandy_jacobz

These caramel crochet spring twists prove that short half-up half-down hairstyles can still look haute.

49. Short Crochet Passion Twists

Short crochet passion twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @mandy_jacobz

Short, quick, chic and cheap, what’s not to love about these 8″ passion twists? With a little ingenuity, creative crochet hairstyles like this one are literally limitless.

50. Blonde Crochet Wig

Black woman wearing a blonde kinky crochet wig
IG: @tolaniav

You can’t miss with a sun-kissed look. And the best part is, this done-for-you wig lets you leave the crocheting to someone else.

Look, no matter what mood you’re in, or persona you want to embrace, there’s literally a crochet hairstyle to suit you. So have fun. The only limit is your imagination.