Crochet Braids with Marley Hair: A How To Guide

Guide to Crochet Braids with Marley Hair: 3 Important Tips From a Professional Natural Hair Stylist & Video Tutorial

Crochet Braids with Marley Hair- A How To Guide

Do you remember Crochet braids  from the 90’s. I know, I had some in ’94. They are back and better than ever. An awesome & quick protective style for all lengths of hair, perfect for the Fall and Winter.

Many have grown quite fond of protective styles for various reasons. Low or No manipulation styling, also known as protective style, is an effective way to grow your hair to desired lengths, when installed properly.  In many cases, it takes less than 3 hrs to install & maybe 3 packs of Marley Braid Hair.  Marly Braid Hair is the same hair you use for Marley Twists, Havana Twists, and some use it for Senegalese Twists, too.

Crochet braids and/or weave is the process of cornrowing one’s hair, and attaching extension hair to cornrows by utilizing a latch hook method. Sounds easy enough, right? But, if done without taking precautionary measures, one can ruin their hair, edges, and even lose length.

Before we get started, bookmark: Choosing the Right Crochet Braid Hair

Here are 3 tips for properly installing crochet braids to prevent any breakage or damage.

Crochet Braid Latch Hook1. Purchase Proper Tools

When deciding to install crochet braids/weaves, you must first be sure to purchase the right tools. Any typical crochet needle will not suffice, but one that has a latch over the hook like this one. If you attempt it with your normal crochet needle (without latch hook), you will snag, rip and damage your hair almost every time you attempt to pull the needle back through.

When using the crochet needle, it is essential that you pay close attention to the hook, being sure that it’s completely closed before pulling through braids. The purpose of the latch hook is to provide a “snag less” motion when pulling extension through cornrow, but if not properly closed can also rip, tear, and damage hair. Using a latch hook crochet needle is imperative to the install and in maintaining the health of your hair.

Crochet Braids with Marley Hair- A How To Guide22. Properly Prep Hair For Installation

It’s also recommended to do a protein treatment, followed by a deep moisturizing treatment prior to installation of any protective style. Protein plumps the strands which will also help combat breakage that may be caused by tension if the strands are weak or brittle. Following the treatment with a moisturizing treatment or mask will ensure that hair doesn’t dry out while wearing protective style. Restoring hair to proper moisture levels prior and during install of protective styles, will keep hair from breaking due to dryness.

3. Precautionary Measures

When attempting to cornrow the hair, a small amount of braiding (synthetic) hair should be used. By using synthetic hair, you are implementing a “line of defense” for your hair, which protects against breakage, that may otherwise be caused by tugging or thread used during the installation process. You run the risk of the thread or extensions cutting your hair, if precaution isn’t taken.  We talked about how synthetic hair can cause wear and tear on your natural hair strands here.

Crochet Braids with Marley Hair- A How To Guide 3When wearing protective styles, especially crochet braids, it’s imperative that you follow proper protocol to installation. Be sure to refrain from excessive tension, especially in sensitive areas such as edges and nape. Though protective styling has proven great for length retention and growth, it can be equally detrimental if done incorrectly. Avoiding excessive tension, tugging and rough combing (while wearing protective style) will lessen chances of traction alopecia. When in doubt, visit your local salon, one that specializing in natural hair and/or is knowledgeable in the particular style you desire to have installed.

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Read: 5 Crochet Braids for Beginners

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16 thoughts on “Crochet Braids with Marley Hair: A How To Guide

    1. Markeita Pruitt Post author

      Hi, and thank you. You would simply snip the twists and undo the knot that is at the root. After doing so, you can began to unravel cornrows. I hope that painted a clear picture, giving you a better understanding of how to take down.

  1. Yona Terrill

    My hair came out something serious after having the marley corchet braids for a week and I did the condition as well

      1. Dee


        While this is not my forum, I would say that the amount of bags you would need for this particular hair style depends on several factors, which include how thick you want your hair to look, the type of hair you’re using, and the overall fullness of your regular hair. I added the Marley hair in my head and I only used a pack and a half. Also, I spaced the hair but was still able to have some level of fullness. Again, it just depends on the look you’re trying to obtain.

    1. Dee

      Yana, sorry to hear abut your hair coming out. While this is not my forum, I personally am not convinced that conditioning has anything to do with adding strength in the moment. Deeping conditioning adds to hair strength when it is apart of your normal hair routine, not when it is just added before the crochet braids. Additionally, I washed and deep conditioned my hair the entire time that my hair had the crochet braids in it; and I treated the synthetic hair as my regular hair by conditioning and maintaining the hair so that it does not get really dry, tangled, or rigid.

      Again, I am very sorry to hear that your hair had been damaged. The only other thing that I can add is making sure that you keep your scalp moisturized as well. I have been natural since 2009 and I have used several products that have talked about helping to moisturize the hair. However, I can say that a lot of these natural hair products (while they do add moisture to the strands of hair itself) does nothing for the actual scalp. As such, I have always greased my scalp because it has worked for me.

  2. stephanie

    I am unable to find the Marley hair where I live. Is there another brand of hair that will achieve this style?

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