It may just be at this end of the line, but the prices of braiding natural hair these days are ridiculously high. I mean, we all have our budgets and truth is, there is already enough to spend on, counting products alone.
Though the thought of it; braiding your hair yourself, starting from that tiny section at the back of your head and working your way forward one twist at a time sounds exhausting, it pays off to learn how to be self sufficient on this journey.
Let’s leave the sugar coating for bakers, this is going to be stressful and time consuming, so ya know… prep yourself.
We’ve collected about two tutorials(one simpler and takes less time than the other) for each of the five protective braids styles to help walk you through whichever style you choose to do in the easiest way possible.
P.s Don’t forget to deep condition before :)
1. Kinky Twists
These are tightly twisted or curled braids. They are rope like and two strand based braids, looking like dreadlocks. I think this is the most common, next to box and Marley braids. You would need kinky hair of any brand. E.g Supreme
2. Faux Dreads(locs)
This is simply wrapping your natural hair or a synthetic extension with synthetic hair to achieve a loc (dreadloc) look. . I found a straight forward tutorial for this. It’s basic and you’ll grab the technique quickly.
Using Afro Kinky hair
by Adanna David
Using Marley hair
3. Crotchet braids
As the name suggests, a crochet needle is used to weave packaged hair into natural hair that has been French braided or braided into corn rows. It’s pretty simple. Jouelzy achieved hers using just Marley hair and bobby pins! Another great video can be found HERE
4. Havana twists
5. Yarn Braids
Yarn braids are exactly what they say they are—braids, made out of yarn. Its a little similar to faux locs, depending.
I found this extremely hilarious tutorial by Yagazie Emezi, the video covers the basic steps to getting your yarn ready. The second video is more comprehensive and takes you through the entire process.
Do you think braiding your hair yourself is a viable option, or you’d rather find your way to a salon?
Share your thoughts :)
You could also recommend videos or helpful posts, just insert the links in the comments box. xo