A very popular style for both men’s and women’s hair is to wear braids. No longer are braids just soft braids down the side or back of the head, there are now microbraids cornrow braids, beaded braids and hair extension braids. While many of the more intricate braid styles were traditionally seen in Black fashion, it is now customary to see braids used in all cultures in both formal and casual styles.
One of the terrific features of braids is they can be used to extend the length of the hair. Micro-braids are often hair extensions, and are braided close to the scalp along the head using the natural hair. Starting near the back of the head the extensions are added to the braid and continued on down the back to the desired length. Often it is almost impossible to tell where the natural hair ends and the extensions start.
Natural braids are also effective for styling hair and for maintaining a clean and professional looking style. Bantu knots or Bantu braids are often a style worn by black male athletes, and they are sections of hair that are plaited and then tied in small knots over the head.
Care should be taken when wearing braids to avoid damaging the hair strands by braiding too tightly or keeping the hair in braids for too long at one time. If you start to notice broken strands of hair sticking out the braids should be removed and the hair properly
before re-braiding. But it is highly recommended that if you have just taken out braid extensions, you should style your hair naturally without braids just to give your scalp and follicles a break from the tension and weight of hair extensions. A good deep conditioning and massaging of the scalp is key as well. Always treat your hair like gold to ensure you still have healthy hair in the coming years.
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