African American hair is in various hair textures like kinky, coarse and straight textures. All these require different hairstyles for the purpose of simplicity to work with your hair. Identifying your hair texture is vital. This is because different hair textures require different ways of handling, styling, caring and growing your hair. This will ensure that the hairstyles matches appropriately with your hair texture thus displaying your beauty alongside your hair.
Most importantly is the shape of one’s face and length of your hair. Different African American hairstyles are
appropriate for different hair length and face shapes thus the need to put your face shape, hair length, and texture into considerations (you will required to make detailed analysis or research about your hair in accordance to the hair texture, the hair length and your face type).
The above are the major principles on which you will be able to make proper choices of the hairstyles to create and style on your head accordingly. In this article, we will share with you the different African American hairstyles that are appropriate for ladies with African American hair.
More to that, we will discuss for you the step by step instruction and directions on how to create and style each of the African American hairstyles which we are soon to see as we go down this article. You should also be sure to find all the products and tool you will need when styling, the tips on how you can grow and care your African American hair to realize and acknowledge the beauty that lies in it.
BRAIDED AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIRSTYLES
People say that African American hair is quite challenging to braid mainly due to its thickness, and less moisture content which I think might be true but personally the true factor which I know about African American hair is its low growth rate as it takes years for your hair to grow to medium length and rarely do I see an African American lady with extremely long hair.
Well if it comes to braided African American hairstyles, we will share with you the top three braided hairstyles which include; box braids, braided cornrows and two strand twist braids.
It may not require you to visit a salon to braid the above African American braid coz with practice; you can do it yourself at home or with a friend in case you aren’t sure of how to create them perfectly. In case you are in a rush, I wouldn’t advise you to opt for these three featured braided African American hairstyles coz it will take you some time (more than 10 minutes) to achieve a finished look.
Box Braids African American Hairstyles
Begin by thoroughly washing your hair with clean water to prepare it for ready for styling. When you are done washing with water, apply a deep conditioner and shampoo to soften your hair so it is flexible to work with during the braiding process.
You can now your lukewarm water to rinse your hair to remove product remains. Grab a clean towel and place it over your head to absorb excess water from your hair. Brush or comb down your hair using a fine tooth comb from the hair root towards the ends to remove any tangle and knots which might have been created during the washing processes.
Tune your hairdryer to a low pressure and apply it to your hair to help in drying your wet hair and blow your hair curls out as well. Free your hair from knots once again by brushing it again.
With all this done, you are now ready to make your braids. To coming-up with box braids, you have to use braid hair which are hair strands of synthetic or natural hair that elongate your hair. Opt for black braid hair or braids that have similar color with your hair.
Unpack the hair braids from their packages, cut off their elastic bands while holding them in your hand at their center. Keeping the strands of the braid hair in that position, pull out 2-3 inches of the strands from your hand then sub-section the 2-3 inched strands into a third (1/3) of the 2-3 inched strands.
Now you are having two sections in your hands one bigger than the other. Wrap the smaller one around the bigger, so that the braids ends face in opposite directions. Carefully take the thinner strand at the center where it intercrosses with the first one, twist the strand above and below such that the two braid ends merge to form one piece that is distinguishable from the original end strand.
Using a well-spaced tooth comb, take an inch section of your hair, starting from the left forehead of your head at your hair line, apply some gel or oil to your hair to make it easy to play around with it smoothly.
Start your first braid by holding the first section of your braid hair between your thumb and index finger, the second strand of hair braid between your index finger and your middle finger, the third braid of hair should be lagging behind the first two. With your strands of braids as close to the scalp as possible, inter lock the strands of braids to your natural hair by inter crossing the braids with your hair to emphasize a firm grip of your braids with your hair.
Repeat the same procedure for the right part of your forehead. Each finished hair braid should be flexible, identical to each other and should be able to clip on the scalp without any hair attachment like bobby pins or elastic rubber band and you will have your box braided African American hairstyle.
Braided cornrows African American Hairstyles
Cornrows hairstyle can take on several weeks while on one’s head and for this reason, you ought to wash it thoroughly well before braiding your hair. Use your usual deep conditioner and shampoo to make your hair as soft as possible. In addition to using shampoo and deep conditioner, you can as well use some gel or oil as you braid your hair in order to be able to play around with your hair sections smoothly.
The crazy and funny aspect with cornrows is that it can be braided in any position of the head. It does not have any specific posture that it must originate from as preferred to other hairstyles. Therefore in this regard, select a position that you wish your cornrow braids to point. For this Braided cornrows African American Hairstyle, there are two positions that are commonly used and these are; originating from the center of your head in a circular notation, and the other one is braids running from the hairline to the back of your neck.
Two Strand Twists Braided African American Hairstyles
Two strand twist braid is made just like any other type of braid style. It can take along duration on someone’s head as long as it is preferred by the bearer. In the first place, prepare your hair for the style by thoroughly washing it using clean water as well as shampoo and deep conditioner to soften it.
Softening your hair makes it flexible to work around with your hair especially in this type of hair style. When your hair is a little wet or dump, it makes it easy to make the two strand twists thus don’t over dry your hair totally before making the two strand twist braids. You have to make your hair straight and free from tangles and knots by combing it using a hair comb. Hope you will enjoy the two strand twists braided African American hairstyles.
How To Create Or Braid Two Strand Twist Braids
Importantly, decide on the thickness, breadth and size of your twists. There are several ways of making your two strand twists but most importantly decide how large your braids will be. The most common two strand twist braids use ‘micro twists’ which make use of several very tinny braids or you can use 1 inch or more ‘jumbo twists’. Micro twist braids are long lasting than the 1 inch jumbo braids but the process is much time consuming. Therefore, from the above analysis, decide on which style to use according to the time factor and personal style preference.
As for the preferred twists you might have decided on, make sections of the hair braids that you wish to work with by using a rat-tail comb. For the case of maintaining strand uniformity, please section the hair into equal hair sections. The section of your hair should be preferably in a square shape.
Apply oil or gel to your hair so as to make it more flexible as you are making your twists. Spray some water and olive oil over the hair and particularly on the braided sections. Use a hair comb and brush to make sure that the hair if totally smooth.
After achieving that, start styling your first hair section by splitting it into two equal strands. Start by zigzagging them tightly away from your head into a rope pattern. This can be achieved by wrapping the strands concurrently around each other to form a twist. In order to keep the twists tight to the scalp, pull them a little tightly on the head during the styling process of making the two strand braid twists.
As you are getting done with making your first strand of braid and running out of hair, this may require you to switch to making one strand twist in order to secure the ends. In order to accomplish this, join the two strands together and wrap the hair section on your finger as many times as possible in the same direction as the one you were twisting the two strands. This will secure them in place and form a curled end.
Repeat the twisting process for the rest of the hair. When making the strands, work as close as possible to your scalp in order to achieve a tightly firm pair of twisted strands of hair. Make sure that the second strand of hair is similar to the first strand you made before in order to maintain the concept of uniformity.
TIPS ON HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIR
As discussed before, African American hair is naturally hard, has less moisture content and can easily break. In this regard, it poses a challenge to grow and maintaining as it requires a lot of care and application of the right hair ingredients. Due to its strong and dry tendency, African American hair needs you the bearer to always make routine changes in its styling. In this write up, we will take you through any possible ways of growing and caring for your African American hair.
- Endeavor to keep your hair moisturized especially if you desire to grow long hair. As we had discussed above, African American hair has less moisture content and so keeping it moisturized is one of the good practices for its well growing and keeping. As it is so evident, African American hair is so curled and natural oil that is got from the hair takes long to reach the hair tips. Due to this, the hair ends up breaking which is not good for growing hair.
- Moisturizing is a process that involves some sub tasks. Whenever you are hitting the showers for a bath, always apply a deep hair conditioner. You can use any conditioner of your own choice but I would advise you to use that are labelled with a description of damaged, dry brittle hair management.
- Apply hair oil to keep it nice looking and soft since it takes time for African American hair to acquire natural oil from the roots to the ends. Please oil the hair when it is still damp.
- Trim your hair in a period of 3-4 months to ensure the same length and growth rate. Trimming is mainly done at the hair ends.
- Always protect your hair ends as they are more vulnerable to breakage and damage. This is because the ends receive the less oil content from the head. To overcome this, always gather your hair into a bun using bobby pins. Furthermore, braid your hair to prevent its ends from breaking and damage.
- As you are working on your hair, avoid damages through the different appliances that you normally use. Appliances like curling iron. If there is need for curling your hair using a curling iron, please apply a heat protector cream before. Applying heat to your hair increases the rate of it breaking as it makes the hair become so brittle.
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