All About Micro Braids
Although most commonly seen on African American women, micro braids can also be seen on individuals of all races. In particular, tourists visiting the islands of the Caribbean often have this change in hair style done as part of their vacation and to show assimilation into the local culture. However, people on vacation rarely have their entire head of hair done in micro braids. Rather, they usually only have a few rows done in micro braids and they are only worn for a short period of time. Those individuals wearing micro braids throughout their entire head of hair generally intend to wear them for a long period of time. It is also a very time-consuming hair style, taking between 5 and 10 hours on average for a professional hair stylist to do. Removing the braids is also a time-consuming process, taking anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete. It is also not the most comfortable process to undertake, as your hair is often pulled, particularly when removing the braids, so you should be sure that this is the hair style for you before getting the braids done.
The thin rows of braided hair known as micro braids are extremely damaging to the hair. Therefore, individuals with brittle hair should reconsider before getting their hair braided in micro braids. Brittle hair tends to break off and be damaged irreparably by the braids. Deep conditioning your hair and getting a fresh hair cut before getting the micro braids can help to fend off damage. A professional hair stylist should be consulted to determine if your hair is suitable for micro braiding and since you will have this hair style for several months, you will probably want a professional hair stylist to do the micro braiding as well. They should be removed after a maximum of three months, and your hair should then be given ample time to recover before getting more micro braids. Your hair will require special care when you have micro braids due to the stress placed on your hair. If you do not take care of your hair when you have micro braids, your hair will begin to break and your braids will not look their best.
Tips For Keeping your Micro Braids Looking Good
- Use hair oil instead of thick conditioners to add moisture to the hair. Thick conditioners can be difficult to rinse out, whereas hair oils, when applied lightly, will rinse out without a problem.
- Drink plenty of water and keep you body hydrated. When your body is hydrated, your hair will also retain moisture. Also, dehydration will result in brittle and broken hair.
- Use a good quality one per day vitamin containing biotin and vitamin E and be sure to eat a well balanced diet. Protein and vitamins can be your hair’s best friend. These nutrients are essential for healthy hair growth.
- For longer and fuller braids, hair extensions may be added while doing the micro braids.
- To remove your micro braids and keep your hair healthy, cut the ends of the braids off where the extensions begin. Do not cut the natural hair. Then use a pick or comb to part the braids carefully. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove any dirt or debris that is built up on the hair and moisturize well with a quality moisturizing product.
- Braiding the hair too tightly will make it more likely that your hair will break when the micro braids are taken out. Again, it is advisable to have a professional hair stylist do the micro braiding.
Micro braids are increasingly popular today, and with proper care, you can have this trendy look and keep your hair healthy at the same time.