Naturalistas know that when it comes to protective styles, the options just keep getting better. Protective natural styles are popular for a reason: They allow you to wear your hair in a myriad of ways without the need for hot tools, which can cause damage, breakage, and weak strands if over-used. One of the most gorgeous ways to rock a protective style is with a crochet hairstyle. Crochet hairstyles are created with crochet braids, a special method of braiding that adds extensions to the hair. Crochet hair can be worn straight, braided, twisted, or curly, and can last up to eight weeks if cared for properly. Yes, eight whole weeks. They're the most practical protective style of the bunch because they require the least amount of upkeep. Perhaps that's why crochet hair has been favored by busy celebs like Issa Rae, Lupita Nyong'o, and Solange Knowles, with each woman rocking her own chic, unique look. Check out the most popular styles on Instagram, below, then bring this article to your stylist.
Celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood created the perfect crochet half-up, half-down look on Issa Rae for the 2017 Image Awards. To adopt this stunning style yourself, start by cornrowing the crown of your hair up into an off-center bun. Finish with crocheted-in waves.