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Black Hair Braiding – Braids for Black Hair

The world would definitely be a different place without black hair braiding in it. Braids are black women’s official summer, maternity leave and bad hair day hairstyle all rolled into one (hehehe).That’s how important they are in so many of our lives!

Braiding is a big part of black culture coming from Africa, even before the days of slavery. Intricate braids were worn by black women as a symbol of beauty and status.

That tradition has carried on to our  present time. However these days braids  worn mainly for style purposes and are a hit  among people of every race, creed and color!

A few of the top reasons you and other women might have to consider braids are:

  • They’re easy to maintain
  • Less upkeep than wearing straight styles
  • Usually cheaper than other styles in the long run
  • Weather and moisture resistant
  • They give the hair “a break” from styling and chemicals

There are many different black hair braiding types and techniques you can investigate and try out. All these styles can be done by a professional at a black hair salon or you can even learn to do them yourself!

Box Braids
These are individual braids that are done on all of the hair and about the size of a pencil in thickness. These are the most used braided style and have very flexible styling options. Synthetic hair is usually used for this technique.

Goddess Braids
These are large braids that are usually cornrowed into intricate updo’s with elaborate details. They are usually done with synthetic hair.

Micro Braids
Also individuals, these braids are very small and are usually just plaited in an inch or two and the rest of the length of the brain left loose for a free flow look. Human hair is usually used for this technique.

Tree Braids
This technique gives one of the most natural looking finishes that almost makes it seems as though the hair is growing right out of the scalp. Human hair is usually used.

Twist Braids
This kind of braid is twisted rather than plaited and it gives a different style pattern to the braid but with all the flexibility of box braids. These kinds are also very easy to remove. Straight or kinky textured synthetic hair is usually used for this technique.

Yarn Braids
As the name suggests, yarn is used to do this technique. It’s used in the same way as synthetic hair would be with individuals. This technique is particularly good if you’re thinking about transitioning seamlessly to dreadlocks.

This is a style that doesn’t use individuals but instead makes the hair sit right against the scalp in whatever row patterns your imagination will lead you to. These braids get messed up the fastest, but also take the least amount of time to do. People usually cornrow their natural hair, but extension hair can be added for length.

There are a few more things to consider before you make a decision on which to choose. 

  • Time required to put them in
  • Time needed to take them out
  • Length of time you can wear them
  • Amount of upkeep required
  • Possible damage to your hair
  • Type of hair you can use to do them
  • Level of skill needed to do them
  • Cost

Of course, you can control all of these things (especially the price) if you learn how to braid your own hair. The best hair braiding instruction videos I’ve ever seen are from Braids by Breslin. Everybody who uses her videos say that the techniques she teaches are very easy to learn and understand and I totally agree. If you want to learn how to braid your own hair or anyone else’s like a pro they are your best bet!

Once you’ve covered all your bases and you’ve selected a black hair braiding style that’s right for you, jump right in! And hey, if you don’t like that style you can always take them out and start over. Who knows, you may become so good at it you want to start doing it professionally!

Happy braiding!


Wild Growth Hair Oil Review

Wild Growth Hair Oil has been a staple in the black hair products market for years, and for good reason. As simple as this product appears to be when you see it sitting on the shelf of your local beauty supply store, you wouldn’t believe how much controversy it has sparked in discussion groups about black hair growth.

What does this product promise to do?

The makers of Wild Growth Hair Oil tout it as being the best hair growth moisturizer for ethnic textured hair available. There are several results promised in a short period of time for users of this product. Read more

Hair Growth

Since the dawn of time hair growth has been a touchy subject. I’m not even going to get into the who, where, how and why of it.

If you’ve always wanted to have better quality or faster growth, I’m sure you know who you are. Here are some tips you can use to help you along in your ‘tress quest’!

Thinning of the Hairline and Hair Loss
Find out the causes and get treatment and prevention tips of this problem. Read more

Black Hair Growth Growth Issues

There are many things that might make you feel like your hair is not growing.

Since black hair has a curl pattern, the length isn’t always easy to see because the hair “shrinks” up sometimes as much as 80%! Unless you straighten your hair or find ways to allow it to remain ‘stretched’ you might think that your hair isn’t very long when it is. Read more

Black Hair Growth – Separating Fact from Fiction

For years I’ve listened to debates about black hair growth. I’ve heard black women saying “My hair just doesn’t grow” or “Girl know you’ve got that growing hair”

Think about this….if you have a relaxer or you get your hair done in braids or locks, don’t you have to go to the salon for a touch up, re-braid or retighten every so often? Yes!…you do!

What that means is that your hair does grow. If it didn’t, the hair care industry would have a meltdown because they’d never sell another tub of relaxer or service again! Read more

All About Black Hair

Black hair is amazing! It can become anything you want it to be with a little help from the right tools and products!  The different textures, tones and types found in our hair are the most diverse and interesting of all the ethnic groups!

You can wear your hair in so many ways and forms. You’ll never get bored or run out of options to try! You can get your hair fried, dyed and laid to the side (o.k…maybe not). But, you can wear your hair “different-for-a-day” – or longer with the help of hair extensions.

Hair Choices Read more