Wow, the holidays and the new year have absolutely flown by! I just realized it’s been since October 2017 since I’ve posted. Sorry, guys I haven’t forgotten about you, I promise!
With that being said, happy 2018! Sorry I’m so late! One hairstyle I lived in during the holidays are braids and braided up-dos. A braid is so simple once you get the hang of it. They look relaxed and feminine, just the style I go for during the whirlwind of activities near the holidays.
Without further ado, here are some tips and tricks to braid your natural hair flawlessly.
Tip #1: Dirty, Dry Hair is Best
Make sure your hair is DRY, DRY, DRY.
By that I mean make sure there isn’t any moisture left in your strands since wet or damp hair tends to stretch, break, and frizz up more than completely dry hair. Also, if you braid on damp or wet hair, prepare to deal with shrinkage, which may cause you to have to re-braid during the day. And as we all know, excess handling can lead to excess breakage.
I prefer to braid on two or three day-old (or older!) hair that is stretched out for the most natural looking results. Since our hair isn’t straight and doesn’t lay flat, it’s be tempting to wet it to make it behave, but trust me on this: don’t.
Only braid on wet hair if you plan to wear the braids in an up-do, like the thumbnail picture of this article. I say this because if you’re trying to wear a braid down to show off length, your braid will stick end up sticking out and not lying down flat.
Tip #2: Seal the Ends Beforehand
Try to moisturize and seal your ends before beginning your braid to provide lubrication for the ends of your hair. This will help prevent tangles from happening in the first place.
What I do at night is usually dampen the ends of my hair with my homemade spritz and seal in that moisture with my homemade oil mix, which is coconut oil based. Not only do I do this before I expect to braid my hair, but I usually do this every night or every other night depending on what my hair needs.
Tip #3: Be Gentle, Don’t Rip Out Tangles
Never rip through the ends of your hair to remove tangles as you braid. This could cause excess damage. If you run into a snag, gently run your hand through the length of your hair to get out any knots. Sometimes those tangles at the end fix themselves as you work. If I have a really stubborn one, I like to apply a teeny tiny dot of oil to give it some slip so I can work it out. If that doesn’t help, I sometimes just have to cut it out.
Tip #4: Tame Frizz at the End
I know this sounds strange, but my 4th and final tip is to wait until the end of your styling to tame any frizz up top. If you attempt to wet the top of your head and apply product at the beginning before braiding, it can cause where your braid actually starts to be frizzy or bumpy. I used to make this mistake a lot until I decided to be lazy and forget about frizz.
I recommend smoothing things over with a couple of bobby pins once finished and possibly some sort of styling spray or spritz if you really need it.