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African braiding styles have been popular for centuries, and they continue to be a popular choice for many people today. Not only are they stylish and versatile, but they also offer a range of benefits for your hair. In this blog post, we will explore the different types of African braiding styles, as well as the best products to use to maintain your braids and the benefits of each style.
4 Different Types of African Braiding Styles
- Box Braids: Box braids are one of the most popular African braiding styles. They are characterized by square-shaped sections and are typically worn long. Box braids are versatile and can be styled in many different ways.
- Senegalese Twists: Senegalese twists are similar to box braids but are thinner and twisted rather than braided. They are also typically longer than box braids and can be styled in a variety of ways.
- Cornrows: Cornrows are a classic African braiding style that involves braiding the hair close to the scalp in a straight or curved pattern. They can be styled in a variety of patterns and are a great option for those looking for a low-maintenance style.
- Fulani Braids: Fulani braids are characterized by a central braid or cornrow and thin braids or twists that are braided or twisted around it. They are typically adorned with beads or cowrie shells and are a great option for those looking for a more elaborate style.
Benefits of African Braiding Styles
- Protective Styling: African braiding styles are a great way to protect your hair from daily wear and tear. By braiding your hair, you are reducing the amount of manipulation required to maintain your hair on a daily basis. This helps to minimize tangles, breakage, and split ends.
- Hair Retention: Braiding can help retain length, as the hair is protected from damage caused by styling. This is especially important for those who are trying to grow out their hair or maintain length.
- Versatility: African braiding styles are incredibly versatile, and there are a wide variety of styles to choose from. Whether you want a simple braided style or something more elaborate, there is a style that will suit your preferences.
- Low Maintenance: Once your hair is braided, it requires minimal maintenance. You can simply leave it in for a few weeks or even months, depending on the style, without having to worry about styling it every day.
Products to Use to Maintain Your Braids
- Shampoo and Condition with Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing products: Even though your hair is in braids, it is still important to keep your scalp clean and moisturized. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to prevent your hair from drying out. You can also use a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized.
- Oil with Cantu Tea tree & Jojoba Hair/Scalp oil: Use an oil such as jojoba, castor, or coconut oil to keep your scalp moisturized and prevent itching. You can also use an oil to add shine to your braids.
- Edge Control: Edge control is great for keeping your edges sleek and smooth. Look for a product that is alcohol-free to prevent your hair from drying out. Try out our Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel.
- Hair Ties: Use hair ties to keep your braids in place and prevent them from unraveling. Look for hair ties that are gentle on your hair to prevent breakage.
- Satin Bonnet or Pillowcase: Use a satin bonnet or pillowcase to prevent your hair from drying out and becoming frizzy. Satin is a smooth and soft material that helps to reduce friction between your hair and pillowcase or bonnet. This reduces the likelihood of your hair becoming frizzy or tangled and helps to retain moisture.
In addition to using the right products, there are a few other things you can do to maintain your braids:
- Avoid Over-Styling: While African braiding styles are versatile, it is important not to over-style your braids. Excessive styling can cause your hair to become damaged and break off.
- Be Gentle: When removing your braids, be gentle to avoid causing damage to your hair. Use a detangling spray or conditioner to help loosen the braids before gently removing them.
- Take Breaks Between Braids: While braids are a great protective style, it is important to take breaks between braiding sessions. This allows your hair to rest and recover from the tension caused by braiding.
In conclusion, African braiding styles offer a range of benefits for your hair, including protection, retention, versatility, and low maintenance. By using the right products and following a few simple tips, you can maintain your braids and keep your hair healthy and beautiful. Whether you choose box braids, Senegalese twists, cornrows or Fulani braids, you are sure to love the style and the benefits that come with it.
Your hair is your CROWN, wear it like a QUEEN!