The Beginners Guide To African Hair Braiding

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This article is here to help you learn the basics of African hair braiding. It is going to give you an overview of what African hair braiding is, how long it will take and how much it will cost. You will also get to know the different types of African hair braiding available.

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African hair braiding

African Hair Braiding
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African hair braiding is a very popular type of hairstyle that originated from Africa. It has gained popularity all over the world because, people can wear it for any occasion and is easy to maintain. The style is usually done on natural black hair but can also be done on blondes or redheads with extensions. There are many different types of African hair braiding styles-including cornrows, microbraids and boxbraids-but the most popular is microbraids. Microbraids are smaller than regular cornrows but larger than boxbraids, which makes them easier to maintain and remove if necessary.

How long does it take?

It takes at least 6 hours to do a full head of microbraids depending on how thick your hair is or how many braids you want in your hair. Most people start out with just a few braids and then add more.

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If you add extensions, it will take longer.

How much will it cost to to get african hair braiding?

A full head of microbraids can cost between $100 to $275 or more depending on the length of the hair and the amount of time it takes.

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If you are into braided hairstyles, you should check our braided hairstyles page for some inspiration.

How do I take care of my braids?

  • You can shampoo whenever needed; however, we recommend to shampoo every two weeks or so. When shampooing, use a moisturizing conditioner-type shampoo as this will not strip away the natural oils from your scalp.
  • A leave-in conditioner will help keep your hair and scalp moist and help eliminate itching. Apply the conditioner after washing, but before oiling your scalp.
  • You should apply oil to your scalp daily to avoid drying. This will also help eliminate itching. Oil should not be applied directly on the hair as this can make it look dull and dirty. Also, avoid applying oil directly on the knot of the braid; this may cause your hair to unravel in that area. In addition, avoid putting oil on your hands and then running them through your braids as this will transfer oil onto your hair and make it look dirty. Apply oil only to the scalp with an applicator bottle or cotton ball.
  • A light holding spritz can be used to control frizzies and fly-aways caused by dryness.
  • Braids can last anywhere from six weeks or longer depending upon how fast your hair grows and how well you maintain them while they are in (shampooing, moisturizing, etc.).
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