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African American Braids

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African American Braids

Braided hairstyles are a cornerstone in the African American community. We all know a diva in the neighborhood who can style some of the freshest braids on the block. With so many options for styling black women, men and children rock them frequently. Braids and cornrows have the option of being a protective style. They also allow the flexing on eyeballs with a super hot design. The four seasons can be difficult for black hair. In different parts of the country, the elements can be pretty rough on our thirsty roots. Some freshly braided tresses can give us peace. The quickest way to rack up likes on your Facebook or Instagram page is to snap a pic.  An image of you busting some crochet braids, or some hot old school Poetic Justice braids will do. It’s absolutely amazing at times to see what we can do with our hair. Are You Ready For These Braided Hairstyles? For those of you that are searching for a new look we have put together something special for you. Dive into the pictures below and be inspired for what you can wear anytime you get ready. Some of you will choose to rock your natural hair. Many others will opt for grabbing some weave and hooking up something special. When we say special we are talking about looks like Ghana braids, kinky twists, senegalese twists, Marley twists or straight up tree braids. These are some of the hottest hairstyles I’ve have seen. Thanks for posting these pictures. Black braids are some of the dopest hairstyles on the internet. It’s special when a beautiful African American woman displays her unique look. Especially while wearing this style. Of course rappers and NBA players got in on the deal years ago. This caused more men to explode on the scene with their cornrows. Cornrows are still present in many online social media platforms. Yet, it’s dreadlocks and natural twisted fades that dominate the scene now. Whatever your choice, we have prepared to salute your braided hairstyles. Color, micro braids or edgy styling included. This goes double for weave. Let’s get to these wonderful pictures below for some serious inspiration. All seasons are on deck especially during the summer months. You gotta love your thirsty roots!! *************************** 1. Black Tank Top and Braids Source Beautiful long singles braids that are sweet and sassy. Be ready for any weekend with this style. Be prepared to be the start of many conversations among friends and people in passing.
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African American Braids

Prepare your packages of braiding hair. Box braids use ‘braid hair’ – synthetic hair strands that are very long – to fill in the space on your scalp and give you plenty of fullness in your braids. Choose your braid hair in a color similar to your own, and get at least two large packages. Then, take each chunk of hair out of the packages individually, and hold them in the center, cutting off the elastic bands holding it together. With a grip on the center and the two tail ends of the hair hanging down, begin pulling the strands on one side of the hair. This will give the ends of your hair a more natural look, otherwise the packaged hair is blunt-cut straight across and your braids will look a bit unnatural when you’re finished. /images/thumb/8/8d/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-2-Version-3.jpg/550px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-2-Version-3.jpg /images/thumb/8/8d/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-2-Version-3.jpg/300px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-2-Version-3.jpg /5/56/Braid African American Hair Step 2.360p.mp4 // When you’re pulling the hair, gently tug at small strands rather than big portions of hair. Run your fingers through the hair when you’re finished evening out the ends, to remove any knots that might have shown up.
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African American Braids

African hair braiding is very versatile: microbraids, cornrows, fishtail braids, blocky braids, black braided buns, twist braids, tree braids, hair bands, French braids and more are at your disposal. Once you pick a desired braiding style, thickness and have your hair braided, you may shape your braids into gorgeous hairstyles both for every day and special events.
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African American Braids

Start your first braid. Hold your braiding hair in your hand so that one strand is between your thumb and index, a second strand is between your index and middle finger, and the third strand is hanging behind the first two. Grab the section of hair closest to your scalp with your thumb and index finger, as close to the roots as possible. To start the braid: /images/thumb/d/d4/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-5-Version-3.jpg/550px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-5-Version-3.jpg /images/thumb/d/d4/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-5-Version-3.jpg/300px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-5-Version-3.jpg /c/cf/Braid African American Hair Step 5.360p.mp4 // Reach your empty hand around your head, and grab the third strand of braiding hair hanging behind the ones gripped in your hand. Simultaneously pull the 3rd strand of hair under, and incorporate the hair from your scalp into the section between your thumb and index, and twist it over in the opposite direction. Pull the third loose section of hair into the middle, between the other two sections. You should now have three separate strands of hair that are held tight to your scalp, with your natural hair incorporated into one of the sections.
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African American Braids

Braid your section of hair. With your braiding-hair as close to your scalp as possible, begin braiding tightly in the traditional pattern; alternate placing the left-most strand over the middle section, and then the right-most strand over the middle section. When you reach the end of your braid, the strands should taper out into a smaller and smaller braid. You don’t need to use an elastic band to hold it in place, as it should hold on its own. /images/thumb/b/b2/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-6-Version-3.jpg/550px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-6-Version-3.jpg /images/thumb/b/b2/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-6-Version-3.jpg/300px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-6-Version-3.jpg /4/4a/Braid African American Hair Step 6.360p.mp4 //
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African American Braids

Decide where your part will be. Cornrows can be braided in any direction, so it is important that you decide where your part will be before you start braiding. The two most common part-styles are either in rows from your hairline straight back to the nape of your neck, or braided in a circular motion around your head from a center part. You’ll need to use a rat-tooth comb to part your hair in the desired pattern, and to split your hair into sections for braiding. /images/thumb/5/58/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-10-Version-3.jpg/550px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-10-Version-3.jpg /images/thumb/5/58/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-10-Version-3.jpg/300px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-10-Version-3.jpg /1/1b/Braid African American Hair Step 10.360p.mp4 //

African American Braids

Begin your first cornrow. Take the sectioned part of hair in one hand, and pull a small piece from the very top (near your hairline) away from the rest of the bunch. Separate this small piece of hair into three sections of equal size. Start braiding these three pieces in the traditional braiding pattern; cross the right-most section over the middle section, then cross the left-most section over the middle section, back and forth. /images/thumb/e/ee/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-12-Version-2.jpg/550px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-12-Version-2.jpg /images/thumb/e/ee/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-12-Version-2.jpg/300px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-12-Version-2.jpg /7/74/Braid African American Hair Step 12.360p.mp4 //
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African American Braids

Add in more hair to your cornrow. The cornrows are created by braiding your sectioned hair in a french braid really close to your head. As you work down your parted section of hair, continue your braid the same way you started it. However, as you braid, grab small portions of hair from the un-braided part and incorporate them into each strand you cross over the middle section. You are essentially creating a very tiny french braid. /images/thumb/2/2a/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-13-Version-2.jpg/550px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-13-Version-2.jpg /images/thumb/2/2a/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-13-Version-2.jpg/300px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-13-Version-2.jpg /8/8f/Braid African American Hair Step 13.360p.mp4 // As you add in hair, pull the braid tight and keep your fingers close to your head. Don’t braid your hair away from your head, as this will make your cornrows loose and appear funny.
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Prepare your first section. Use a rat-tail comb to part a section of hair to your desired size. The section of hair should be a square in shape. Rub a bit of style gel or cream through your hair, and mist it with a little water and olive oil to reduce frizz and make it easier to manipulate. Use your comb to brush through this section several times, to make sure that the hair is completely smooth and tangle free. /images/thumb/3/37/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-18-Version-2.jpg/550px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-18-Version-2.jpg /images/thumb/3/37/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-18-Version-2.jpg/300px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-18-Version-2.jpg /f/fa/Braid African American Hair Step 18.360p.mp4 //
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Finish your first twist. When you near the end of your strand and begin running out of hair to twist, you will need to switch to doing a one-strand twist to secure the ends. To do this, take the two strands and combine them together (there shouldn’t be much hair left to do this with). Then, wrap this section around your finger many times, in the same direction you were twisting the two strands of hair. This will curl the ends of the hair in the same direction, securing them in place. /images/thumb/3/35/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-20-Version-2.jpg/550px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-20-Version-2.jpg /images/thumb/3/35/Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-20-Version-2.jpg/300px-Braid-African-American-Hair-Step-20-Version-2.jpg /b/b4/Braid African American Hair Step 20.360p.mp4 //

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