DIY Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

yarn braids tutorial

I’ve been wanting to try yarn braids aka genie locs on D’s hair for some time now and even more so since we had to cut so much of her hair off. While I would love to try something that looks more real, like hair extensions, I don’t have the skills for that just yet and since high end salons like Rush Reading are out of the questions, we had to settle for some DIY yarn braids. Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs can be a good protective style if the hair is well taken care of during the duration of the style. Since yarn can dry the hair our it is uber important to moisturize daily. I will talk about how we moisturize and what we use later on in the post but first I’m going talk a little bit about the yarn braid installation process.

yarn braids on kids

Items Needed for Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs:

>>Acrylic yarn (I used the Red Heart Brand) **Do not use wool yarn, this can loc the hair

>>A thick moisturizing cream (I used Bee Mine Luscious)

>>A holding products/gel (I used Curls of the World Just the Flax gel)

>>Spray bottle of water for the yarn

>>Wide tooth comb

>>Pintail comb

>>Hair Clips

>>Lighter (for burning the ends of the yarn so it doesn’t fray)

>>Scissors for cutting the yarn (oops, left those out of the picture)

items for yarn braids

How to Put in Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs:

  • See how post on How to Cut Yarn for Yarn Braids
  • To prep for the yarn braids I washed D’s hair, deep conditioned and then moisturized and banded it in 4 sections (parted down the middle and again from ear to ear, making 4 sections, 2 in the front and 2 in the back).
  • When it was time to start the process I did one section a time starting in the back at the nape of her neck. I applied a generous amount of Bee Mine Luscious moisturizer to EACH small section before I added the yarn and braided.
  • I used 3 pieces of yarn per braid, which I sprayed with water prior to adding it to the hair (this helps keep it from drying the hair out).

There are several different techniques that can be used for putting in yarn braids. What I did and what I recommend is trying a few of the different techniques to see what is easiest and what works best for you. I learned by watching the following 3 yarn braids videos: BlackOnyx, AfrikanHairGod and MsChanda.

yarn braids

Tips for Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

The entire process was trial and error for me, this was the first time ever doing yarn braids and it was a learning experience. Next time there are a few things I will do differently and they are:

>>Smaller Braids – the braids I did this time were kind of medium-ish sized box braids, I think smaller braids will work better.

>>No Parts – instead of parting I will just gather small, random  sections of hair for the each braid.

>>Tighter wrapping of the yarn – I was worried about wrapping the yarn too tight at the root so I kept it fairly loose, next time I won’t be so afraid to make them tighter because the yarn does loosen up.

>>Use a gel/holding product in addition to the moisturizer – When I first started the braids I wasn’t using a holding product, only moisturizer, then ends of her hair were poking out of the braids, so definitely use a holding product.

Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

genie locs yarn braids

Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

Overall I am happy with the yarn braids and D just loves them! Have you ever done yarn braids? Are you thinking about it? If you have D and I would love to see photo’s! Please share them on our fan page!


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Untrained Hair Mom


  1. Diva Locks says:

    They do look like locs! Very interesting, I don’t think I’ve ever really seen yarn braids before. I can’t wait to read your post on how you are maintaining/moisturzing them :)

  2. Baby Big Hair says:

    Sooooo Cute!!!! Wanted to try these for Boo Day, but time wouldn’t permit:( Yours look GREAT!!! great learning tips. will def incorporate on our first try. She looks so cute with that sweet babyface:):) Go’Head Baby!

  3. Shanna Smith says:

    This is a really cute idea and I just may try it. My daughter for some reason wants red in her hair. I thought about getting that wash out stuff but 1, her hair is so dark didnt know if it would work, 2 her daddy didnt like the idea of me “coloring” her hair, so this might be a good alternative! Thanks!

    • Brooke says:

      Shanna, that was the main reason we did these… color! Shas been wanting her hair colored purple or blue for a while now and there was not way I was going to bleach it for color… so we did this :) I would love to see photo’s if/when you do it!

  4. leisha says:

    Lovely genie locs Perfect for little ladies so light and soft my sister loved when I did her hair with them♥


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