Protective Styles: Braids

Braids, cornrows, plaits or banana braids. We cannot seem to escape them on Instagram and that’s cause braids are currently in trend. Some people say the Kardashian clan and Katy Perry made them popular, but we know that this hairstyle has been in style far longer than that, as Zendaya Coleman Says, “Braids are not new. Black women have been wearing braids for a very long time.”

They are suitable for both natural and relaxed hair regardless of additional processes like coloring. For those trying to grow out their hair, transition from relaxed to natural or just give their hair a break, braids are certainly an option. If you haven’t sported them yet, then you read on to discover reasons to put your hair in a braid.

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A good protective style is low maintenance, lasts at least a week, is low manipulation and gentle on hair. Braids are easy on hair and work towards maintaining length by avoiding breakage and stress on the strands.

1. Braids are low maintenance, which means you don’t have to style your hair everyday, it’s already styled. You just have to oil it regularly.

2. It involves low manipulation, giving your hair a rest from all that brushing and combing.

3. It comes in a variety of styles so you don’t have to be stuck in one look for a long time.

4. Braids tuck the hair in from root to end making it easier to properly moisturize, clean and maintain while it grows.

Remember when putting your hair up in braids, never believe the idea that tighter braids will last longer, this can seriously damage your edges. Also give your hair a rest period of at least a week after taking out braids before making a new one.