Fab from way Back: Braids, Braids, Braids

Braids, or box braids as some might know them, have always been a part of our African culture. Think of it, there is probably no way where you can come from a trip to the Motherland without having done the good corn rolls or the twisted braids that have a length to your behind. That’s when everyone who has not seen you in a while can see that you are back from the Motherland. Well, braids are back in the mainstream! It has been a while since we see braids in urban videos like I got five on it by Luniz and Janet in Poetic Justice. Ladies in Urban videos and movies were wearing them like braids were the only know-how. Now, Brandy is even wearing her signature tiny twisted braids again. The mainstream is doing it, so the world is following. We Africans have been doing it still. Yet not everyone is wearing them like they should. Some of us still wear these braids and we’re left with breakage around our edges for example. We asked the experts about the dos and don’ts about these braids, so more of us can look and stay fabulous.

The public personalities who have been bringing braids back to the mainstream are: Solange Knowles, Brandy, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Chrisette Michele. Not to forget the African young ladies in the Diaspora who are wearing their braids in a big bad bun. Bad is meant in a good way, of course. Let’s not forget Kim Kardashion who also made an attempt to wear braids. We chose to let that picture out, since the look did not really work for her. Bad move K’K.

We advice you to try it to wear the braids. Wearing braids might be like taking a dive into the 90’s for some, but we encourage you to take a chance. Firstly, braids are very good for making your hair grow when it is done well.  Below are pictures of trendy ways to wear your braids. Not all braids styles are back in fashion. Also, below is advice hair treatments for your braids. Thanks to our readers and Afro Grow Hair Long for the tips and Tops.

If you have a good tip for how to treat those braids, do not hesitate to send in your tip and a picture to info@abinaonline.com

Tips to treating braids

  1. Use 100% fiber Kanekalon hair to braid your hair. Human hair is also a good option.
  2. Make sure you deep condition your hair every 2 to 3 weeks.
  3. Use hair oil daily. A mistake we Africans do a lot is using too greased products to feed our scalp. This leaves the hair sticky and very easy to smell. A better solution is to use conditioning oil for your scalp. One of our readers recommended Argain Oil.
  4. Don’t braid them too tight. Afro hair is known for strength, but the reality is: your scalp can’t take everything. Make sure that when you braid your hair, you keep your baby hair (as we know it) out. If you must really braid them, don’t pull them too tight, because pulling too much can leave you bald permanently.

More tips on afrogrowhairlong.com

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