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How To Get African Braids Hairstyles?

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Whether you have followed the fashion circle or not, braids hairstyles have been hotly searched recently. But there is an old braided hairstyle that is on the rise. That's right, it's an African braiding. Want to get Rihanna's same African braids hairstyles? After reading this article, you will know how to get an African braiding hair without leaving home.

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Ⅰ. What is African braiding hair?

African braiding hair is different from the braids in our daily life. Our most braids are like ponytails, but African braiding hair has a long history of its own.

They are called African braiding because they originate from ancient African regions. Of course, there are also some types of African braiding that originated in ancient Rome, etc. African braids were originally intended for practicality, but with the rise of the black movement, as well as hip-hop music, etc., became popular in the world.

Among many African tribes, African braids hairstyles are a unique way to identify each tribe. Braid patterns and hairstyles are a sign of a person's tribe, age, marital status, wealth, power and religious affiliation. Weaving past and present is a social art.

African braiding hairs are made by dividing the entire hair into several sections, and each section is wrapped in a two-strand or three-strand braid can be compiled. 

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Ⅱ. What are African braids hairstyles?

African braiding hair is an umbrella term, so African braids hairstyles have many. We pick the typical African braids hairstyles to introduce. There are three african braids types.

1. The most common African braids hairstyles: box braids

Have you ever noticed that boxer braids are special, yes, boxer braids are classic African braids. You will find this Afro braided look slim and long. The name of the general African braid is often named after the size and shape of the braid. It is called boxing hair, which can also be translated as box braid, which is named after the shape of African braiding.

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Also, boxer hair is different from corn hair. Cornrows are African braiding attached to the scalp. However, box braids hang from the scalp and are made with segmented hair similar to a box.

Box braids originated in South Africa, dating back to 3500 BC. This style takes up to eight hours to create. But the braided hair looks good, longer and thinner than other African braiding. Many people think that if a woman can afford the time and cost of these African braiding, she is a rich woman. Women also indicated their readiness for marriage, financial status and other assortments through colorful beads, shells, jewelry and other items worn on box braids.

Today, African braiding hair is used to celebrate and honor one's ancestral roots as well as to express individuality and style. The appearance of African braiding has changed slightly over the past 5,000 years, but the technique of depiction through ancient drawings and artifacts has remained the same.

 2. The biggest African braids hairstyles: cornrows

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You'll get really thick corn, like the grain of the corn, and it's close to the scalp and looks very eye-catching.

Cornrows date back to 3000 BC in Africa. These patterns usually indicate which tribe a person belongs to and their status within that tribe. Warriors and kings also used ears of corn to show their place in society. Today, the style is seen worldwide and has significance in West Africa, Sudan and throughout the Horn of Africa. In these places, African braiding hair can indicate a person's age, marital status, wealth, kinship, religion or personality. The tight, neat style fits snugly against the scalp and can be worn alone or with shells, glass, coral, flowers and/or branches.

3. Special African braids hairstyles: Fulani braids

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Fulani or feeder braids originated with the Fula people of West Africa and the Sahel. Large nomadic communities pass traditional hairstyles from generation to generation. Known for its length and unique pattern, this style features a hanging or wraparound braid on the sides of the head. There will also be a hairstyle in the middle of the head. The hair is then adorned with beads, shells, wooden or metal trim, and even family silver coins and amber for heritage purposes.

Ⅲ. How to get African braids hairstyles? (Take box braids as an example) 

Step 1: Wash and Condition Hair

Keep your hair clean and supple before getting African braiding hair. First wash your hair as usual, then use a deep conditioner to help soften your hair. Leave the conditioner on the hair for the recommended time on the bottle, then rinse off with cold water. To minimize dryness and frizz, use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo.

Step 2: Comb your hair

Untangle your hair, knotted tangled hair is impossible to get African braiding. This process requires you to do some conditioning to your hair, such as applying conditioner, and after rinsing the conditioner, use a wide-toothed comb to brush away any tangles, starting from the ends and working towards the roots. For gentler combing, use your fingers to comb through any knots and tangles.

Step 3: Dry hair

It's not a simple blow-dry, you'll choose to blow out your curls "low" with the blow-dryer so they are almost completely dry, brush your hair again to make sure there are no knots, and then you can start your African braiding.

Drying your hair will help stretch and loosen curls, reducing frizz and making hair easier to manage during braiding.

Step4: Prepare your braided hair pack

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It may not be enough to braid your own hair, this time you need a hair bag for braided African braiding. Box braids use "braids" -- very long synthetic strands -- to fill in the spaces on the scalp and give your braids plenty of fullness. Hold the center with the 2 ends of the hair hanging down and start pulling the strands on one side of the hair. This will make the ends of your hair look more natural, otherwise the packaged hair will be straight and your African braiding will look a little unnatural when you're done.

The longer and thicker you want your braids to be, the more braid packs you'll need. If you want a shorter African braiding hair, use less wrap and cut the braided hair in half or thirds.

When you pull your hair, gently pull small strands rather than large sections.

Run your fingers through your hair when you're done to remove any knots that may have appeared. 

Step 5: Start the first strand of hair for the African braiding hair

Divide your first braided hair into strands about 2-3 inches (5.1-7.6 cm) wide. Then, divide this part into 3 equal parts. You should hold 2 sections, 1 of which is twice as thick as the other. Wrap the smaller strands around the larger strands with the tails facing in the opposite direction. Take the smaller strand and grab it in the center where it is intertwined with the first strand. Carefully twist the strands up and down so that the 2 tail ends form a single piece that protrudes between the original tail strands. You should be left with 3 strands of roughly equal size that you can hold in one hand.

Step 6: Cut the hair on the scalp and braid it. 

Using a rat-tooth comb, carefully cut a small section of hair from the scalp, approximately 1" x 1" (2.5cm x 2.5cm). It's probably easiest to start on the side close to the hairline and work your way back, but you can start anywhere you're comfortable. Prepare this section with a bit of hairspray or edge control product to make it easier to work with.

If you want to do basic box braids, you can divide your hair into square "boxes." You can also get creative and make other shaped parts, such as diamonds or triangles.

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Step 7: Start your first African braiding hair

Hold the braided hair in your hand so that the first strand is between your thumb and index finger, the second strand is between your index and middle fingers, and the third strand hangs behind the first strand. Grab the part closest to the scalp with your thumb and forefinger, as close to the root as possible. To start knitting:

Reach your empty hand over your head and grab the third braided strand of hair behind the hair hanging down in your hand.

At the same time, pull the third strand of hair underneath, blending the hair from the scalp into the section between the thumb and index finger, then twisting in the opposite direction.

Pull a third loose hair down the middle, between the other two sections. You should now have 3 separate hairs that are firmly anchored to your scalp with your natural hair incorporated into one section.

Step 8: Braid your hair section

Get your hair as close to the scalp as possible and start braiding tightly in a traditional pattern. Alternately place the leftmost strand on the middle section, then the rightmost strand on the middle section. As you reach the end of the braid, the strands should taper into smaller and smaller braids. You don't need to use the elastic to hold it in place as it should hold itself. 

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Step 9: Repeat the operation

You should braid the extra hair section of African braiding hair. Repeat the same steps above to braid the rest of the head: Cut 1" x 1" (2.5cm x 2.5cm) hair from scalp and apply gel or fringe control.

Prepare your braided hair and divide it into 3 strands. Combine your natural hair with braided hair using a twist. Finish braiding using the regular 3-strand method until you reach the end.


How to get box braids?

If you want to try box braids, it's best to consult a stylist. To install the box braid, the braid will prepare your hair and then divide it according to the size of the braid you want. It's hard to do box braids yourself.

What are braids called?

A braid (also referred to as a plait) is a complex structure or pattern formed by interlacing two or more strands of flexible material such as textile yarns, wire, or hair.

Who first wore braids?

“The origin of braids can be traced back 5000 years in African culture to 3500 BC—they were very popular among women.” Braids are not just a style; this craft is a form of art. “Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia,” says Pace. “These people have been braiding their hair for centuries.

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