African hair leads itself to being braided as the natural kinks in the hair tend to hold the hair together in the braids much longer than other hair types.
Braids have always been popular, and the Black women have made their mark on the hair industry through the beautiful braids that they have made popular.
Microbraids, or the very, very fine braids that cover the entire head are one of the most versatile ways to wear the hair. Not only can the natural hair be braided in these tiny braids but also extensions can be braided in to create length as well as volume.
These braids can take a whole day to complete, but generally last for several weeks up to a few months depending on the natural hair length and the care taken before and after braiding. It is critical that the hair be properly conditioned prior to braiding. Consult with your stylist to ensure that you follow a scalp and hair conditioning routine prior to braiding your hair.
Once braided the hair can be styled into updos and other popular styles. Basically the microbraided hair can be styled anyway that unbraided medium to long hair can be styled.
A very popular updo is to simply gather the microbraids on the top of the head at the back. Using a large elastic, fasten the braids in place. Use bobby pins if necessary.
If the hair is long simply wrap some of the braids around the hair at the scalp, and tuck the ends inside. Allow the other braids to cascade down the sides of the head.
At night make sure that you protect your braids. It's crucial to maintain you hairs moisture levels. Wear a
Stay On Satin Nites Bonnet Sleep Cap at night to maintain the style as well as to avoid breakage and keep your hair moisturized.
Caring for your hair is important to the overall health of your hair. Always put in that little extra bit of effort for the best results!