Braided hairstyles for black women are quite distinctive in African American society since most black women have a sort of fragile type which is prone to breakage. Mostly they have short shabby hair. Also, black women do not wash their hair as often as other women do. Then, braiding their hair will be a good option for them as they can still clean their head scalp without actually wash the hair. Here, there are some ideas of how black women braid the hair.
Cornrows Braided Hairstyles for Black Women
This braided style actually work for both men and women. This is considered a low-braided hairstyle which can be found in purely black community. The cornrow braids are actually miniature of French braid style. It is created in black women’s natural hair either it is curly or thick hair. It can be done in some various patterns. Some prefer straight cornrows, while some others also enjoy zigzag and swirled styles. Making your own cornrow patterns anyhow do not necessarily have to follow the commonly found in many black women. Using your own creativity while developing the basic pattern of cornrows will help to create and even enrich more versions of cornrow braids.
Commonly, the process of making the cornrow braids take long time since it has to be done carefully and the style is made really close to the scalp. It starts from the front part of the head by braiding the hair in upward motion and then moves upward to the back. The final outlook usually forms smooth line braids. To keep the hair and scalp moisturized and not itchy, applying spray conditioner can be an option.
Micro Braided Style for Black Women
Micro braids can actually be found in many African American-Caribbean women. Unlike the French or cornrow style which is braided straight to the head, micro braids are done only on the hair. The hair is braided either from root to end or just halfway down, so the braided hair will hang straight down. To make it smooth and the braids can hang straightly, you can apply some conditioner.
This kind of braided style is mostly considered difficult to do by our own. It takes hours and also requires a particular skill to make the braids tidy, delicate, and good looking. Some also combine the micro braids with pigtails or ponytails.