crochet braids tutorial

My five-year-old told me the other day: “Mummy, I have an idea for you! How about you make a video of you doing our hair? Your website is full of only cooking!” Ha! I didn’t know she had noticed the content of this blog. Kids notice everything! She has been seriously urging me to make a hair video and a “day in the life” video. While I’m yet to get to that, I can at least share a hair pictorial. One step at a time, right?

I’ve been seeing so much about crochet braids online so I decided to give it a try because it looked really easy. I wasn’t disappointed. It is so easy and the braids are beautiful. Crochet braids are hair extensions that are crocheted into your hair with a latch hook tool known as the crochet hook. I did the style on both older girls. It totally works for me because I do not have to spend hours on one head. #Mommydaughtertroubles. If a hair novice like me could do it, then you can too, my friend.

Here is what you’ll need:

3 packs of Crochet braids- I used the 12-inch Senegalese twists for kids and up (some people use up to five packs- I think it makes the hair too big)
Crochet hook
My DIY hair detangler

Here is how to:

Step 1

Spray hair with detangling spray and comb through.

Braid into cornrows (known as “bakala”in Cameroon) that go all the way to the back.

The entire head had about 8 cornrows. I connected the cornrows at the bottom into one large cornrow across which I tucked into another cornrow to hide the edges, (I really should do a video! Yes?)

Step 2

This is the fun part where you install the crochet braids like magic.

how to install crochet braids for beginners

Hold a crochet braid in one hand while you insert the crochet hook through a cornrow. Loop the hair onto the hook.

Step 3

Slide hooked hair back through the cornrow then remove the crochet hook.

Step 4

Feed the hair through the pre-looped opening then pull to secure tightly in a knot.

Repeat process, spacing out the braids as desired.

Keep going until the entire hair is crocheted. This whole thing took me about 3 hours from start to finish which to me is really good. I usually take about 7 hours to install regular braids! The one at the top of the post took me only two hours. I used 12-inch Havana Twists for that one.

This is what opening the braids reveals:

You can lay the edges with gel if you like. I hope this leads you into making some awesome crochet braids for the little ladies in your life!

crochet braids for kids



  1. wow! dear you are one multi-talented mama! no me oh chai! my little girl is 11months old and we are still good with the elastic bands:-) Those look good

  2. You are making me blush! Thanks dear. Maybe when your girl gets older you can try this. God bless.

  3. Aww see how pretty she looks. Grace got her hair done in cornrows today but I will like to try the next week hopefully. Well done Mama!

  4. Oh wow!! I love this! Your daughter is so beautiful. I could even make use of these crotchet extensions. I think it would also suit an adult.yes? My first time on your blog and I'm loving it!

  5. You can definitely do this on your hair, Evita!
    Thanks for the compliment, dear.

  6. Thanks, dearie! Hope you enjoy it on Grace's hair.

  7. This post is so timely for me cos I get overwhelmed doing my daughter's hair. I think about crotchet braids for me but wanted to know if kids could rock it too. I'm sooo doing this. Yes,make a video. XO

  8. Awww your daughter is gorgeous. Kids are way too smart this days its amazing. I love that she wants to be a part of your blog.
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  9. This is gorgeous. I love. I also love that it's super easy..

  10. First off , your daughter is beautiful. I'm going to try this on my daughter's hair, its always a battle to do her hair, at least with this she wouldn't fight me too much.

  11. This is awesome! Looool @ your blog is only full of cooking. Cutest thing I've heard. You totally rock SiS!!! || Follow me on Bloglovin'!
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  12. I know right?? Taking care of a girl's hair could be so overwhelming.
    I'll definitely get to that video.

  13. Thanks Doreen!
    This one doesn't take a lot of time like regular braids. So hopefully, she'll be free before you know it. I also put fun educative videos to distract my girls while doing their hair. Maybe that can help.

  14. Thanks, Tega! Sometimes you look at them and wonder if they are truly kids. LOL

  15. Wow! this is lovely, kudos to you and she is so so cute! Kisses to her from Aunty.

  16. Fine pikin. The hair too fine sote. Ah ah mama di ele do na chop abeg Ms tell yi find make yi add nyanga lol.
    Multi talented mum. God bless your efforts always sis.

  17. Lol de geh say make ah add nyanga. You eh… you di make pidgin sweet sotey.
    Thanks sis!!

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  20. Momma you inspire me…. love you. Grace!!!
    p. s: your girl’s really pretty

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