For many reasons, braids hairstyles stand out. They suit every lady and hair dressers know how to style braids, making it a multi-occasion style. Another perk of this hairstyle is their protective nature especially during the hot season when African hair can get very kinky! Even though it takes time to make braids they are among the best, trendy and attractive hairstyles. Here are a few styling tips for braid lovers
Apart from giving you that fabulous look, braids maintain, protect, and it gives a break to hair that is overwhelmed by styling solutions such as hair relaxers. The braids hairstyles are endless, and you can also be creative and come up with your own.
How to style African braids cornrow
Cornrow braids are stunning yet very simple. They don’t take that long to be made unlike other braiding styles and they give a very comfortable feeling especially during hot summers; it is considered the best hairstyle for swimming. They allow air into the scalp; just apply hair food oil to the scalp because of the direct sunlight, for maintenance.
This style will look awesome on anyone including ladies, children to men. For instance, in Africa, most parents will prefer their children to have non-complicated and short braid cornrows styles and most men prefer curvilinear designs.
For those in love with rocking this style, the picture above shows the trending cornrow braids style. You can make it look more stunning by styling it with cowry shells/beads.
How to style twist braids
Senegalese twist braids are also very popular especially with African ladies. Why? The twist braids hairstyle will never be a disappointment to any woman since they always make them look fabulous and elegant. They need less maintenance and a different styling everyday will give you that modern look. Here are amazing twist braids hairstyles to make you look fabulous in that occasion. It is easer to style the long Senegalese braids.
1. Styling with a top knot or French braid
Step 1 - You should first separate your twist braids into two equal half sections.
Step 2 – Tie the lower section with an elastic band and work first on styling the upper section.
Step 3 – Separate the upper section into 3 strands and braid it. Now wrap your Dutch braid round up to the base of your ponytail and remember to secure it with pins.
Step 4 – Do you know how to make French braid? If yes, separate the lower section into 2 equal halves and French braid each at a time.
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2. Styling the burgundy Senegalese twists
Step 1 – What you need is to make a ponytail that is high and secure it with an elastic band.
Step 2- Separate the ponytail into two equal halves. Take one-half and wrap twist it round all the way to the back base and tuck it well to the elastic band.
Step 3 – The remaining half should be separated into 2. Twist the 2 sections together and wrap it from the front to base; wrap it well under your elastic band. You are good for the occasion.
How to style box braids
Styling box braids is very simple, especially the long or the short box braids. The long box braids are popular with those ladies who are in love in trying out various styles to have a trendy look every morning. The short box braids take less time to be made, compared to the long box braids. Here are some box braids styles pictures and a guide on how to style box braids.
1. How to style long box braids
Here are the box braids styles 2018, for the long box braids. Check out how to style long box braids, step by step, to help you style them by yourself.
Long Box braids updo
Step 1 - You start with pulling your long box braids in a high ponytail and secure it with a headband.
Step 2 - Separate the ponytail to have 2 equal sections.
Step 3 – Take one section, split into two, twist the spilt box braids and wrap it round, from to the back base, tuck it well to the headband. Do the same with the other section and enjoy that perfect trendy look.
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High bun updo
Step 1- Arrange your long box braids well and pull them into a high ponytail. Make sure you secure the ponytail with a headband.
Step 2 - Split the ponytail into two equal sections.
Step 3 -Start with any of the section, twist and wrap it to the other side base. Tuck it well to the headband. Do the same with the other half.
Step 5- Fix the bobby pins well to secure it until you feel comfortable and perfect to continue with your routine or attend that occasion.
2. How to style short box braids
They are short and will always make you spend less, save time, and look fabulous. Yes, there are few styles that can fit well with the small box braids, but they look perfect and comfortable even when left non-styled. Are you looking on how to style short braids? Well, the small box braids and the bob-cuts trendy hairstyles below will give you an amazing look. Here is how to pack braids into different styles.
High Ponytail style
Step 1- You start by making 2 equal halves section from the center of you head to the back.
Step 2 – Use a headband to secure the sections.
Step 3 – Fix and arrange them and you will look fabulous.
Bob - cut braids style
Step 1 – Take the middle front bob-cut braids.
Step 2 – Make a French braid and tie it with an elastic band.
Step 3 – Wrap your French braid to the back and secure it with bobby pins.
How to style your Kinky braids
Kinky braids hairstyle is always awesome. Right? You can either have short or long twist kinky hairstyle. Here are the pictures for the trendy kinky braids styles. You can also use the above styling from the box braids and the twists.
1. French hair kinky braid style
Step 1 – Take a small part of the front kinky braids and split them into three strands.
Step 2 – French braid to the back side and use an elastic band to secure it.
Step 3 – Tuck the base of the front braid well.
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How to style Crotchet braids
If you are not a patient lady to sit down for hours to make your hair, then crotchet braids is the style for you. You can purchase the long or the short crotchet braids and always look elegant and perfect. Go for a pencil or broad crotchet braids.
The short crotchet braids are so beautiful and easy to mantain
Long crotchet braids on the other hand bring out the inner African Goddess!
They can also be styled from the trendy styles for the box braids and Senegalese twist braids.