Braids are considered another form of protective styling. Braids reduce the daily manipulation needed to care for your hair. Braiding your natural hair with extensions can give you styling versatility without compromising your natural hair. There are very few limitations on the length, texture, color or size of the individual braids. Braids can help prevent unnecessary damage to your hair. Braiding your hair with extensions will take several hours or even days, but the end results will be well worth the trouble. You should have basic knowledge of the three-braiding technique.
Things You’ll Need
- Several packs of hair for braiding
- Nail glue
- Ponytail holder
- Hair clip
Prepping the Hair
The day before, wash and condition your hair well. Dry your hair and apply a light moisturizer. The general rule is that your hair should be clean prior to braiding. Many women wash and braid their hair on the same day, but it is not advisable, you should allow your hair time to breathe.
Braiding the Hair
Open the package of hair extensions. Take about 10 strips of ¼ inch of hair and lay it straight on your work area.
Part your hair horizontal across the nape area. Use a ponytail holder or hair clip to keep the remaining hair out of the way. Take the sectioned area of the hair and make another part ¼-inch wide. The general sizes of the part may range from ¼ to one inch.
Pick up one of the hair extension strips. Wrap the extension hair around the base of the natural hair, the natural hair should always be in the middle.
Use the three-braiding technique. The three braiding technique has the left, center and right hair strands. Take the left hair and cross under the center hair, take the right strand and cross clockwise under center hair. Continue to do this until you reach the end of the hair. This may take a little practice, if you never braided before.
Place a dot of nail glue on the very end of the hair extensions. Pat the hair glue on the extension until the hair sticks together. This will prevent the hair from unraveling. Continue with the remaining of the hair.
- This technique is simple if you know how to do the three-strand braid.
- Be patient learning this technique may take a few tries to learn.
- Avoid using oils or mousse on the hair it will loosen the extensions.