12 Crochet Styles That’ll Make Your Mornings Way Easier

We’re always in the mood for a head full of big, sexy curls. But ‘big hair don’t care’ vibes can sometimes mean loading up on products, and spending lots of time twisting, rod-setting, and styling — which, tbh, isn’t always the move. The easiest way to score the look with half the work? Crochet braids.

The protective style is synonymous with lots of loose curls, and the hair typically used (Marley) is light as a feather. Plus, there are multiple ways to style them, as proven by the women ahead. From Bantu knots to faux locs, check out all the ways to break out of your protective-style rut — and get the most bang for your buck from crochet.

Try: A Color Refresh

Remember the days when people actually wanted to hide their grays? Neither do we.

Photo: Via @cantanina.

If you want to DIY your dye job, Black Girl Long Hair suggests starting off with white or blond hair, then coloring it yourself.

Photo: Via @hairglambychaka.

Or, you can always go red. Any style that flatters your skin tone and saves you from damaging your real hair is an automatic win in our book.

Try: Faux Locs

The idea of faux locs is cute until you learn about the time commitment. Braiding hair and wrapping extra hair around it to create a loc can take hours depending on the look you’re going for. But crochet makes the process so much quicker, because you can hook in pre-made loc extensions.

You can also use the crochet method to achieve the “Venus” look seen here.

With crochet, you can also pull your hair up into an effortless bun without tugging on your edges.

Try: An On-Trend Bob

Beach waves with all the bump — and no gritty texturizer spray required.

Photo: Via @beautifulsoulbraids093.

Vivian, a hairstylist, curled her own hair by braiding small sections all over, then warmed them up with hot water before unraveling the braids. The result? A wavy bob — no extreme heat required.

Photo: Via @vivianbeautyandstyle.

Have your stylist chop your crochet hair in a shoulder-grazing length, with plenty of face-framing layers, for a curly lob that shows off your gorgeous bone structure.

Try: Box Braids

If the thought of sitting through hours of box braids makes your scalp hurt, try crochet box braids instead. It’ll save you time and pain, and in the end, they look just as good.

You’re not limited to colors like 1B with crochet box braids. You can switch things up by weaving multicolored hair through your style. You can even find pre-plaited ombré looks.

Even though crochet method doesn’t involve the traditional box parts, you can still switch up the sides your braids fall on.

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