Locs are love! But…
When I decided to have crochet locs I thought any crochet hook would work for me but that’s not the case. I used a random crochet hook set and boom my head got a mess. A BIG REGRET!
Fortunately, my loc’s lover friend arrived from Nigeria at that time and he explained to me the most reliable tips when buying crochet hooks, thanks to him. After that, my crochet locs turned out freaking incredible.
Anyways, he came to me as an angel at that time. But are you sure you will get some angel to guide you? NO? Don’t worry! I am here to give you this proper guide to have in your hands when you are buying crochet hooks for your dreads so next time you do your crochet locs, you won’t end up regretting it!
What Is a Crochet Hook For Dreads?
When it comes to locs we have a lot of choices. And one can be done with a crochet hook. Well, before going into sizes and all I just want to give a quick overview of crochet hooks and how it works. I think it’s important to know the working of anything before making the right choice.
If you have ever seen your grandma making a sweater you can imagine a clear picture of a crochet hook. Yes, it is something like that. You can also have a look at the picture below.
It Is basically a tiny pointed needle that is used in the making of dreadlocks. They are present in a variety of materials, including metal wood, and plastic.
We have to put the hook into the hair and pull it through to form a tiny loop.
As per Hairbyatomic, they are one of the safest and most successful approaches to making dreadlocks. The best part is that they can also be used in the renewal of damaged dreadlocks.
Size Guide Of Crochet Hook
As I said, not any random crochet hook will work for you. Don’t rely on luck please it’s a matter of your hair and the crochet hook approach for dreadlocks already needs a bit of extra attention. To get myself on my best possible side, I always mind the following points and you can too.
1. 0.75 mm
A 0.75 mm crochet hook is ideal for thin hair. My hair is thin basically, so I opted for this one. And yes, it works great when you want to maintain or renew damaged or already existing dreadlocks.
2. 0.6 mm
A 0.6mm crochet hook is slightly smaller than a 0.7mm crochet hook. So there is not a huge difference between both of them. This one is for 1A hair type or someone who has extremely straight or thin hair. However, it serves a similar purpose to a 0.7mm crochet hook.
Moreover, it also works for the dreads that are already mature and tight.
3. 0.5 mm
This one is small enough. We can say, it doesn’t create big openings when you tighten up the hair. It fits into dreads very easily.
4. 1.25 mm
This one has a somewhat wide hook. I personally have not used it but my friend did, for extending real dreads. It helped her pull some strands of hair through existing dreads.
This one goes cool when you want to extend your dreads with human or synthetic hair.
Some Extra Tips
- Use a size of 0.75mm to 0.5mm. If you choose the bigger ones, you will be unable to bind the dread as tightly as you would expect.
- The 0.75mm hook allows you to properly manage the growth of your dreads. It’s also great for tucking loose hairs into your dreads.
- If you can’t find 0.75mm, move on to the next accessible size, such as 1.75mm or 2.0mm. Crochet hooks larger than 2.25 mm should be avoided.
- Small hooks like 0.5mm or 0.75mm are difficult to find at physical stores. I bought mine from Amazon. You can check this Aqueenly crochet hook.
- The single crochet hook is quite useful for keeping your dreads in place. Whereas, the double and triple crochet hooks are ideal for combining dreadlocks.
Other Factors To Consider When Buying Crochet Hook
Yeah, I agree that crochet hook size is one of the most important factors when doing crochet dreadlocks. But, there are also some other factors you should consider if you really want to make your crochet dreadlocking experience easy peasy, and on point.
Note down the following points so when you go crochet hook shopping next time, you ask for this…
I think quality should be the top priority whenever you buy anything, am I making sense here? Whatever you spend your money on, it should be a wise investment.
Quality of crochet hook is required because it cages more than simply how it appears. It also describes how it works and how long it lasts.
If it is of poor quality, it will not last long and will be a waste of your money. You need a crochet hook that will endure a long time without breaking or failing.
Of course, not all hooks are created equal, therefore you must conduct preliminary research to see which brands are worth your attention and money.
The most wonderful approach to judging quality is to read the reviews from individuals who have used the product or service. You can check Amazon and see what crochet hook receives the highest ratings. I am inspired by this Clover hook, approx. 5k people talked about this. Maybe this one would be my next pick.
I have seen many crochet hooks. Some are made up of plastic, some are of wood, some are of metal, and so on.
However, the ideal one for your requirements will be determined by the type of hair extensions you use as well as your particular tastes, I mean on which your hands are more comfortable.
But if you ask me, if you’re working with synthetic hair extensions, a metallic or plastic crochet hook will suffice. It’s cool since you are not working with hair that is less prone to breakage.
If you are using human hair extensions, meanwhile, a more robust instrument composed of stainless steel or titanium is required.
3. Ease Of Use
Before you buy one, be sure it is simple to use.
If the crochet hook is very difficult or does not come with precise instructions, it will create problems for you. Imagine! You have a crochet hook in your hands but not sure how it works.
Some models may require you to spend hours figuring out how they function, while others are easy enough for even beginners to use. Check if it has specific guidelines on its packing, website, or maybe any videos or threads. Believe me, this thing will help you a lot if you are doing your crochet for the very first time.
4. Length Of Usage
Consider if you want to use it for a lengthy or short amount of time. Like whether you have to do the locs one time or again and again.
Ponder whether the crochet hook will fulfill your needs before purchasing it for long-term use. For a short-term concern, you can consider purchasing a low-cost product or seeking a temporary solution.
If you choose to spend a great deal of money on it, make absolutely sure you’ll get something out of it.
Also Read: Top 8 Best Bomba Dreadlocks Crochet Braids
Prefer A Crochet Kit
Many crochet hook sets include a case or bag to keep them in. This is vital because it keeps the needles orderly and safe from injury. It’s also convenient to take with you if you’re crocheting on the trip.
Also, it has some extra material like clips, bands, and others. It works perfectly!
My Top Picks For Crochet Hooks
- Plastic grip
- Perfect for micro braids and maintaining dreadlocks
- Easy to use
- Metal needle
- Rubber handle
- Easy to work with
- 0.6 mm hook size
- Perfect for quick dreading
- Best for beginners
- Simple and easy to use
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What size crochet hook should I use for dreads?
It varies on what hair type you have. However, the 0.75mm crochet hook size is ideal and widely used for crochet dreadlocks.
What type of crochet hook is best for dreads?
A crochet hook with a rubber or wooden grip and a size of 0.6mm to 0.75mm is best for crochet hook dreadlocks.
Should you crochet hook dreads?
Yes, if you want it you can. However, always pick the right crochet hook size and material for dreads. Also, first, you should practice synthetic hair then move on to your hair.
Does crochet hook size matter for dreads?
Yes, it matters. A smaller crochet hook size is ideal for the installation, tightening, and maintenance of dreads. Whereas, a larger crochet hook size such as 1.25mm is best for extending dreads.
How often should you crochet your dreads?
You should crochet your dreads every 6 to 7 weeks.
How long does crochet locs last?
Crochet locs can last anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks. That’s why you should update them after 6 to 7 weeks.
Now, It’s Your Turn
As I stated earlier, not any random crochet hook will work for you. If you have thinner hair go for smaller crochet hook sizes. If you already have dreads and want to extend or tighten them go for larger sizes. Moreover, keep in mind all the factors including material and durability before buying a crochet hook for your dreadlocks. Your hair is pretty so choose wisely. And yeah, I want to hear from your side, have you ever done crochet dreadlocks before? If yes, what crochet size you used?
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