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Crochet Braids Using A Bobby Pin

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa

As you may know, we are right in the middle of winter and I chose to do a protective style that will not only be a low manipulation style but also hide my hair to protect it from the harsh winter cold and the excessively dry indoor heating. I chose to do the style myself and need I say, it took me 8 hours to do and I am not doing it again on my own. Never. I have learnt my lesson. And because I did it myself, I also did not tie the synthetic hair quite enough at the back section so they were busy pulling out quite often. Although I loved the style to bits, I could not keep it fro longer than 2 weeks. I had to remove it and now I am back to my chunky twists aka Havana twists. I have learnt my lesson. 

I did however record a video on how I did the Crochet braids using a bobby pin. A couple of readers of this blog had asked me if I know where they could find the crochet needle and I had no idea where but I had come across the bobby pin technique online and I thought I would give it a go first before I confidently recommend it.



  • With the synthetic hair I used that looked similar to my twist outs, I could still look my usual self in the protective style
  • It is a great way to hide your hair in a protective style. Kind of has same benefits as weft weaving.
  • The cornrows I did helped me to get a lot of access to my scalp which helped with cleansing the scalp and basing it as well so that it does not become dry
  • less pulling of hair around the edges. The synthetic hair does not weigh down individual strands or small sections of hair.


  • As I mentioned earlier, it took more time than any protective style should take. So if you are a bit tied on time, I don’t think it is worth it. Rather get someone to help you install it as doing it yourself only adds on the time.

Is this type of protective style for you?

Many blessings to you and yours

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Bonolo 4 February 2016 - 14:12

Hey, Miss Ruth. Was it difficult installing the crochet braids? And also, would you say that the only thing you would do to improve your installation process is to secure the knots better?


Ruth Mafupa 5 February 2016 - 06:21

Hi Bobolo. Indeed it was difficult for me to install the hair with a bobby pin. And I should have made 2 knots to secure the hair since the hair I was using was quite slippery. Since there are crochet needles available now in South Africa, I would say it will be faster doing the same style using a crochet needle.

Malefa Makhata 6 February 2016 - 04:47

I’m looking for crochet for braids can you send me at Lesotho I’m a hairdresser

Ruth Mafupa 6 February 2016 - 08:54

Hi Malefa. Natural Moisture has crochet braids and they send to Lesotho as well. You can order on http://www.natmoisture.co.za

NMo 9 February 2016 - 09:39

Hi, what kind of hairpiece do you use? I see in the american videos they use marley hair? can you get that in johannesburg?

Ruth Mafupa 10 February 2016 - 10:57

In the post/video, I used Soft dread. I have been using Marley hair now though with a proper crochet latch hook. Marley hair is available at http://www.natmoisture.co.za

Benita 29 August 2016 - 14:02

hi everyone 🙂
since doing crochet braids in your own is time consuming and hard can someone please let me know of any hair salons that do crochet braids or any hairstylists in durban.

Thanks so much

Ruth Mafupa 2 September 2016 - 12:46

Hi Benita. Crochet braids are not so difficult if you are using the actual crochet latch hook. Then the latch hooks were not available in South Africa so I had to improvise. However, now you can get crochet hooks at http://www.natmoisture.co.za unfortunately I don’t know any salons in Johannesburg. When I do, I will let you know.

Benita 14 September 2016 - 15:16

Oh okay. Thank you so much Ruth 🙂

benita 14 September 2016 - 15:13

hi everyone. I just want to ask if anyone knows of someone in durban kwa zulu natal who knows how to do crochet braids

thanks 🙂

Ntombi 7 December 2016 - 08:20

Where can I get this crochet

Ruth Mafupa 20 December 2016 - 16:36

You can get the actual crochet hook at Natural Moisture. http://www.natmoisture.co.za

Ruth Mavimbela 1 April 2019 - 21:50

Where can i find crochet braid hooks in Swaziland?

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 2 April 2019 - 19:57

You can email Natural Moisture and we will be able to help.

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