What You Didn't Know About Micro Braids
Braiding is a traditional hairstyle that has greatly changed itself through the course of history. The earliest account of braiding in history dates back to
early Egyptian times. The art of braiding has been passed on to generation after generation in countries such as Africa; so much so that this timeless
style has made it's way to America, and is being taught generation after generation here as well.
The ''basic braid'' is most commonly seen and is the most well known of all the braiding styles. A basic braid consists of separate strands of hair, three
to be exact, that are criss-crossed over each other to form one braid. For the majority of styles, braids start from the forehead or crown area of a
persons head. Be sure not to get microbraids confused with cornrows. Cornrows lay flat on the head, while microbraids are free flowing and hang
To have beautiful micro braids, just follow a few easy guidelines:
*Micro braids can be stressful on the hair, so it is important that your hair is as healthy as it can be before braiding. A good idea for pre-braiding is a
deep-conditioning treatment, followed by a trim of the split ends.
*Check with your stylist prior to getting micro braids if your hair has been relaxed.
*Many people like to add extension hair to their natural hair to give their braids more length and volume. If you plan on doing this, make sure you
match the extension hair with either the middle or ends of your natural hair. The root of the hair is always darker than the middle and ends.
*Thick shampoos, conditioners, and pomades can leave residue on your braids and could even cause a dry, itchy scalp. To avoid this, use a ''dry''
shampoo or an astringent to clean the scalp.
*Many people keep their hair in micro braids because this style encourages growth. However, your hair should always be healthy before having micro
*Having micro braids that are too tight or too thin can cause unnecessary tension on the scalp, and could result in hair thinning out or breaking off. This
is why it is critical that your micro braids are always completed by a professional stylist.
*Eating healthy food, drinking plenty of water, maintaining regular sleeping habits, and avoiding unnecessary stress are always good tips. The better
health you are in, the better health your hair will be in, too.
Micro braids are loved because they are easy to maintain and very versatile when it comes to potential styles. However, they must be maintained to
achieve their beautiful appearance. This maintenance routine includes conditioning and moisturizing regularly with a mild shampoo. To avoid residue
on the scalp, you can dilute your products slightly.
Wearing your micro braids for longer than three months can result in the hair becoming matted, and cause other unnecessary risks to your hair. To
take the micro braids out, start by carefully cutting off the extension hair. Make sure to get as close to your natural hair as possible, but don't cut your
natural hair. Wet the hair and use a medium-toothed comb to pick and brush out the ends. Work your way up to the root, then comb the entire head
with a wide-toothed comb. Then, wash you hair with a good quality clarifying shampoo to remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated on your hair.
Shampoo again with normal shampoo, then condition and finally, dry and style as usual.
About the Author
Marquetta, Braids By Breslin founder and owner, has been braiding and weaving hair for over 14 years. For more information on micro braids, please
visit Marquetta at www.braidsbybreslin.com.