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African braids, also called individual braids, is a hairstyle that stands out for having a type of very fine braids all over the hair that are attached to the scalp. Although this hairstyle was very common in women living in different regions of Africa, African braids have become a strong trend around the world. Because they are a comfortable, bohemian and above all original hairstyle, as it can be completely customized both in shape as in color.
Although the simplest thing would be to go to a hairdresser so that a professional can take charge of doing this hairstyle. There is the possibility of doing this type of braids at home. Do you want to know how you can do them yourself? Keep reading this article and discover how to do African braids step by step. Take note!
You will need to:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Wide tooth comb
- Small rubber bands and large bobby pins
- 8 packs of synthetic hair extensions
- Silk scarf
Steps to follow:
Before explaining how to do African braids step by step in your hair, first of all we remind you that the hair must be very clean. Simply, you will have to wash your hair to make it totally clean. To do this, first moisten your hair with hot water to open the capillary pores. Massage your hair with the shampoo and then rinse it very well.
Now you will have to apply a conditioner that suits the needs of your hair and leave it on your hair for a couple of minutes. Finally, rinse your hair with cold water so that both the ends are properly sealed and to prevent frizz.
Once your hair is clean and still damp, it will be time to carefully detangle the hair. To do this, use a comb that has wide teeth. And we will begin to carefully untangle the knots from the ends until they reach the scalp.
You should also remember that never pull the hair with great force when you detangle it. Since the only thing that you will achieve is to pull it out and that the ends are a little frizzy.
In the case that your hair is quite curly, you will have to use a blow dryer to straighten your hair right after detangling it. To smooth it with a dryer you will have to put an accessory that looks like a kind of iron and with the help of a comb dry it in sections. To do it correctly you must also hold the dryer pointing downwards so that it blows the air from the scalp towards the ends while you are combing your hair.
Also, always remember to use before straightening your hair with an iron or dryer, use a thermal protective spray to avoid damaging your hair with heat. See also this other article, 10 tips to care for and love your natural hair.
Once your hair is clean and straight, it will be time to start learning and putting into practice the instructions we give you on how to do African braids step by step.
To do this, you will first have to divide your hair into 4 sections. To do this you must make a division from your forehead to the neck and another from one ear to the other. When you have the divisions done, leave the section you plan to start with loose and collect the rest with 3 large hairpins.
Now you will have to make another subsection in which you have chosen with the pointed side of the comb, the handle or the first prong according to the comb, and make a horizontal line from the forehead to the ear. If you want your African braids to be small, you will have to make sure that this section is about half an inch. When you have separated it, pick up the rest of the section so that the rest of your hair does not bother you.
Open one of the bundles of synthetic hair and take a strand of it that measures 1 to 2 inches, between 2.5 cm and 5 cm, approximately. Now you will have to put the synthetic hair extension as close as possible to the strand that you left loose, so that the synthetic hair is the first and third section of the braid and the natural hair is the second section.
Now braid in the usual way trying to push and hold with your fingers up at each intersection.
Surely while you braid, there will come a time when the natural hair section is too fine and the synthetic hair too thick. In this case, you will have to add synthetic hair to the natural lock until they are even and continue making the African braid, if you want to have very long braids.
When you are done braiding, hold it with a small hair tie and release another subsection of hair to begin making another. You have completed all of your hair with this type of braid.
When you fill all your hair with African braids you will have to heat a pot with water and wet the braids from the middle to the ends of each one of them to finish sealing them and thus avoid both frizz and that they can be undone.
You can also prevent hair frizz from African braids by covering them with a silk scarf and sleeping through the night in it. Finally, now you know how to do African braids step by step and thus, you will have the lists!
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