I’m falling in love with braided and cornrow hair all over again! Even if you never considered braids for yourself – take a look at our photos. You might want to reconsider. We will show you braided hairstyles that are simply stunning and have flexibility to be styled different ways. So you still can have a great variety with your hair. Once you capture the trick of braiding and maintaining they are very easy to manage. Not only braided hair and cornrows look fantastic. It will also protect your natural hair and will help you to grow it longer and healthier. Your can use your own hair or hair extensions to add an instant length to your hair. We will show you exact products that will work for each hairstyle.
Semi-braided hairstyle when you only have a short area of braids or cornrows near your sculpt. The rest of your hair is loose. It is the best of both worlds. If you have a short natural hair you want to protect while it grows longer – you can braid to the length of your hair and use hair extensions to add hair length. It is also very flexible – you can style it in in many different ways. The best thing about braided hair styles is that once you do them they can take up to a whole week without having to style your hair again. They can withstand all weather, raid, wind and humidity.
You can also braid your hair in full and use hair extensions if you want to add length or value. There many different types of braid and cornrows – 3, 4 or more sections braid, reverse braid, Jamaican, Cuban, Havana, twist, dreads, and many more. Each has different texture and volume.
Long hair grabs everyone’s attention. Hairstyle below has beautiful pencil-like cornrows from the forehead to the crown with long wavy lose hair at the back. You can keep it as is or be creative and change your daily style.
HOW TO BRAID OR CORNROW YOUR HAIR:
- Begin with a clean scalp and clean hair. Daily washing is not recommended for braided hair and hair extensions, you better wash it right before braiding.
- Comb your hair with a wide tooth comb to help make your hair properly. It will be tangle free and your hair will look more neat when you braid it.
- Make your hair dump, but be careful not make it too wet. Spay it slightly with water. It will make your hair more manageable and cornrows will be tight without pulling your hair too much from the scalp.
- Start cornrowing or braiding. Divide your hair in sections as you want your cornrows go. Working on one section at the time divide if three strands and braid. Get a section of your hair and separate it into three strands and braid normally. Each cornrow will start very small then become wider as you work through.
- Do not pull your hair back too much; most people think it is the only way to get durable braids. But too tight braid will actually damage your hair and will make it weak. You will also be uncomfortable caring your braids.
- Apply a braid spray; to your hair to help protecting braids and to keep your hair shinny and bright.
- If self-braiding is a daunting process for you – go can always go to the stylist to plait your hair;
CARING OF THE NATURAL BRAIDED HAIR:
- Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner; curls and braids need to be hydrated to keep them tidy. One of the best shampoos is Dial Professional Hair Shampoo
- Rinse your hair thoroughly well; ensure that your hair is free of any conditioner or shampoo. You will avoid damage that the acids in shampoo and conditioner may cause to your hair.
- Avoid washing your daily; washing your hair reaps your scalp of its natural oils making your hair dry. If you are going to use a blow dryer, flat or curling iron remember to apply a heat protectant first. Use a diffuser hair dryer attachment. Our favorite hair dryer is Revlon Frizz Control Hair Dryer.
- Be careful when you choose to apply a shine serum to your hair; you can destroy your own hair. We recommend 10 Miracle Leave In Product. Like the name suggests this serum does few jobs at the time fighting the frizz, nourishing and conditioning your hair, adding shine and protecting it from a heat.
SYNTHETIC HAIR EXTENSION CARE
- Use diluted shampoo to wash hair. Its self to use a diluted shampoo to keep it clean and strong too. There are several shampoos made specifically for braided hair. We like the Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse Hair and Scalp Cleanse Shampoo. It helps remove odor caused by residue water in your hair, cleanses and keeps your hair fresh.
- Condition your hair ; take note of the conditioner you use on your braids and use those designed for braided hair and hair extensions. We recommend Braid Sheen Spray with Conditioner. It will keep your hair protected and shiny.
- Spray your braids; To keep your beautiful braid for longer use hair spray especially designed for braided hair. African Pride Sheen Spray is excellent for locks and twists.
- Apply a curling gel to hair; For semi-braided hairstyles add a little of curling hair gel to your un-braided hair to define your curls.
- Alternatively finger coil your or use. If you want a defined curls you can finger coil your un-pleated hair
- Keep your cornrows in place with hair net; while you are slipping your cornrows can get twisted of disorganized. To avoid this problem wear each night a hair net. It will help keeping you cornrows in place all night long.
- Avoid washing your hair daily; washing your braids daily will make your cornrows more messy and will make your hair extension less durable. So try to avoid unnecessary washing.
- Use braid spray to protect your braids and keep smooth texture.
- Use heat and blow dryer carefully. Read your hair extension manual. Some brands are better than others. Some have recommended maximum temperature. But all synthetic his will be damaged is heat tools are uses excessively. When possible air dry your hair, even it takes long.
- Never comb hair beginning from the top or middle. When combing your hair always start near the ends, then work up to the middle and lastly the top of your hair. It’s recommended to use a wide toothed comb because they do not break your hair.