Crochet Braids on women over 40

Crochet hairstyles for women over 40

Posted by

I did it again. Here is a look that is perfect to add to your crochet hairstyles for women over 40 collection.

I added more crochet braided hairstyles to my over-40 life. I’m so excited!  You see, finding crochet hairstyles for women over 40 is kind of tricky. At least, it’s tricky for me.

Because I am a seasoned, older woman I don’t necessarily want to wear the uber trendy styles my 20-something nieces would. I’m glad I don’t attempt them because they would likely tell me “Hey, Aunt Teri…No!  I’m sure at least two of them would get me straight – in a hurry. Hence, I’m always on the lookout for age-appropriate crochet hairstyles for women over 40.

Anyhoo, I enjoy feeling youthful, but have fully accepted that I am not a girl of my 20s any longer. Instead I’m a vibrant forty-something woman with a bent toward casual sophistication. All this said, I’m very particular about which crochet hairstyles will work for me and other women over 40. That’s why I’m sharing my experiences with you.

With that said, I must tell you I really stepped out of my comfort zone recently! Instead of my ordinary blah choices, I was inspired by Steve Carell and channeled my inner silver fox! Hey now!

The hair I used was Freetress’ Water Wave in Silver. I found it online. It was perfect for my Crochet hairstyles for women over 40.

A completely gray head is not what I was going for. I wanted a black majority with silver around the crown and along my edges. It worked so wonderfully well! This look complimented my natural graying pattern – which is around the edges of my face.


Crochet hairstyles for women over 40
I love this silver/gray crochet hair.

Freetress water wave silverMy Go-To Color…

Now, this all over dark hair color is more my norm. Again, it’s Freetress Water Wave.  I opted for 1b on the bottom and the auburn burgundy 44 for a face-framing crown effect.

Freestress braid hair in 44

I’m a Do-It-Yourself Crochet Braider

You know, I’m getting incredibly comfortable crocheting my own hairstyles. I do them in about an hour and a half; sometimes it takes two hours at most. This time span doesn’t include the cornrow time. That takes me much longer and is my least favorite part of the process.

natural crochet braids older women

I don’t usually put very much hair on my head. I know that’s a strange statement to someone unfamiliar with the crochet braiding process. I typically use one and a half bags, if that much. I don’t like a whole bunch of hair installed – leaving me to look like a plate full of curly fries. Ugly.

Natural looks much more flattering on me and more akin to my own hair texture. You can never go wrong with looking natural.

natural looking crochet braid hairstlyle
Yes. I cut out my family. Oh well.

Crochet Braids 101…

This hair styling technique is a huge blessing for a busy working mom, consultant and blogger over 40!  I’m able to braid my own freshly washed, conditioned hair and add ringlets through the braids or corn rows.

This durable style is one of the best protective styles available. It lasts a long time and makes my morning routine a breeze.

How long are they in?

I don’t wear this style as long as I probably could. The main reason is because I get bored with hair styles and need to change them up often. My style is usually installed for about 2 to 21/2 weeks.  I keep my scalp squeaky clean with witch hazel and a cotton ball.

This style gives my hair a chance to rest and take a very needed reprieve from the straight irons.

Somewhat random, but I’m also contemplating returning my hair to its natural state, which is curly. I have a relaxer on my hair now and I am just not liking it very much. In fact it’s getting on my nerves because it’s so one-dimensional and boring.

Oh how I miss the twists and curves of my natural hair texture. *Sigh* After being 5 years natural, my heart aches for the wonderful wash and go styles and luscious straight iron results I used sport as an over 40 naturalista. So I’m contemplating returning back to my hair being 100% natural. Stay tuned I’ll let you know if I decide to do that.

I used a black rubber band to make a bun. Easy!

How I learned…

And for those of you who are just discovering me and my 40 something life, I learned this technique from YouTube videos and my girlfriend Jackie. It’s good to have a buddy like her, she’s just as adventurous as I am and eager to try new looks and styles. She coached me in my early days of crochet braiding, but the YouTube videos (click to see my favorite tutorial) really showed me what to do and how to do it.  If I can do it, anyone can.

See the gray peeking through?
Maintaining my over 40 crochet braid hairstyle…

I preserve my hair by spritzing lots of water on it every single day. Afterwards, I add a little conditioner to soften it. Remember, this isn’t hair; it’s plastic. So, a little softening of any kind is a good idea for a natural look.

At night I put a band around the bottom of it and cover with a silk bonnet.

When morning looms, all I have to do is shake it and add more water. Then, I’m off for my day’s adventure. Super easy style!

What did you think of the gray?  It’s was a bit out of the box for me!  Would love your feedback. 🙂


  1. I love the grey, looks good on you 🙂 I am also trying to go natural with my very kinky hair, trusting God to held me manage it without having to use chemicals… On the Crotchet hair styles, I must admit that we dont have a variety of them in Africa hence the challenge of having to either weave or braid….

    1. Thanks. I do have trouble with variety here in the states too. I tend to order mine on Amazon or from some other online source. I find a little bit more variety. Can you do Amazon? Thanks for commenting!

  2. I am 50 and my hair is salt and pepper. i LOVED your silver hair style. Actually, I LOVEd them all. I just got my 1st crochet style, but it is waaay too much hair for me. I will have it done again with much less hair. I am transitioning from relaxed to natural hair as well.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s 1:15 am right now and the reason I’m up looking for a “mature” style is because I need something different. I tried to dye the grey 2 years ago (hair fell out), wore weave for a year (expensive and restricting), wore Freetress GoGo for the past year (love it), but tried Freetress Romance Pony this past weekend (hot mess). So I took it out after 4 days and was just going to go back to gogo tomorrow but I’m now going to try the water wave. I’ve thought it would look too young but it looks good on you! You definitely look good with the silver, but I’m not that brave yet. God bless!!

    1. I like GoGo too. But, it just doesn’t last long enough for me before it frizzes. I think I just need to learn how to care for. Thanks for commenting!

  4. I’ve never had crochet braids/hair…that looks really good on you. I’ve also never used witch hazel on my scalp but I may have to give that a try bc my hair is definitely too much to wash often.

  5. I used to have naturally curly hair… I mean kinky curly, until after chemotherapy. Now it’s straight as a stick and thin. I’ve never tried hairpieces, except in my ’20’s, and marvel at how natural and beautiful they look. Still not sure what you mean by “crochet” hairstyles…. Must read up on that. Thanks, Brenda

    1. I know we’re talking hair, but you’re inspiring me. I praise you for your courage and your journey. I’m praying your health is restored 100% and your life is blessed.

      Crochet braids..yeah, it’s an unusual concept for sure. LOL YouTube has tons of tutorials and explanations. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

Leave your comment below: