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African Braid: Is It Possible On All Hair Types?

African Braid: Is It Possible On All Hair Types?

African Braid

For everyday life as for a party or a special occasion, the African braid is the ideal hairstyle, both stylish and rather simple to achieve. But is it really suitable for all hair types? Grazia takes stock of this thorny issue.

The African braid: for all types of hair

African Braid

As the name suggests, the African braid is primarily intended to be done on African hair, that is, frizzy or curly. In a simple version, it tames the hair for a day: on black hair, the result is often an XXL braid, although it is possible to considerably reduce its volume by tightening it well. What if we have straight hair, then? This is not necessarily a problem: there are no longer the stars or the models with straight hair who sport perfectly successful African braids. The secret, with straight hair, lies in the fixing treatment that you apply and which will allow you to maintain an impeccable hairstyle all day long. The little extra tip if you have fine hair: make your braid out of thin locks. This will allow you to increase the number of "attachment points" of the braid, and therefore to make it hold longer. With thick hair, on the other hand, you can indulge yourself and try out braids with wide strands.

A hairstyle for all hair lengths?

African Braid

You won't be surprised to learn that African braids work best on long hair, especially if your hair is thin. But if you decide to go for thin braids all over the head, rather than a single chunky African braid, your hair length is no longer an issue. Braids on short hair can obviously be thickened and lengthened with additions (to be installed in a hairdressing salon), which will ensure a better hold. Be careful though if you have hair that is both short and fine: the small braids may hold up badly, because your hair will slip, and you may have to remove them after a week ... In your situation, it is worth probably better to turn to another style of hairstyle.

In which cases should the African braid be avoided?


African Braid

If you opt for a simple African braid, which will last for a day, there is of course no contraindication. On the other hand, if you want to have small, tight braids done in a hairdressing salon, take your precautions, especially if you do not have a lot of hair: in fact, some hairdressers pull on the hair so that the braids last longer. … With the risk of snatching some in the process. Also, avoid African braids if you suffer from the alopecia and easily lose your hair. Otherwise, don't hesitate to give it a try! 

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