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Hair Braiding Styles Guide for Black Women

Updated on March 3, 2014

Black Braid Hairstyles Information

The most versatile are cornrows, twists and locs which are some of the more popular black braid hairstyle you can do yourself at home.

Many hair braiding salons offer to braid your hair in the latest styles but it can be very expensive from $200 dollars or more depending on the size of the braids.

This includes the length of the added hair extensions to make the hair braiding hairstyle look its best.

Remy Bulk Hair extensions come in a variety of colors. The standard hair shades are dark brown, black, light brown and blonde.

Depending on the size of the braids it may not take as much hair at first and then you can save the rest for future braided styles.

Black Hair Braiding Pictures

cornrow braids styles
cornrow braids styles

Hairbraiding hair products bulk hair for braided styles

Hair extensions can be used when your are considering hairbraiding hairstyles.

You will have a lot of synthetic, kanakalon, or toyakalon to choose from some of them include synthetic dread, synthetic curly, synthetic braid, synthetic spiral, synthetic wavy, synthetic silky, when you use hair extensions you are adding hair which can be human or synthetic on to your own hair by weaving, braiding, strand by strand or bonding,

Best Braiding Hair Brands:

it all depends on the length and the condition of your natural hair. Most women like hair extensions usually called weft hair because they can wash, cut and style it as if it was their own.

Some of the more popular hair braiding products, called bulk hair comes bound at the top with individual hair strands in a variety of colors:

black, brown, blonde and auburn in silky straight, natural perm straight, kinky straight, french refined, european wave, water wave, zig zag wave, zig zag curl, jeri curl.

These types of braided hair products consists of Yaki or Bohyme human hair extensions that is used for hairbraided hairstyles.

Popular Black Hair Braid Hairstyles

African Hair Braiding Prices

Determining the quality of hairbraiding products can be determined by the brand as well as the price, Famous brands such as Shake N Go, Milky Way, Outre, Sensationnel, Beverly Johnson, Ultra Plus, Do Me, Toptress, Dejavu, Zury, Rodeo, Micro Perm Yaki, Hollywood, Hair Topic, Remi Hair, Newborn Free

These come in various lengths from 10 inch, 12 inch, 16 inch, 18 inch, 20 inch, 22 inch and 24 inches long. Pricing can range from 20 dollars to over 100 dollars.

If you want to learn how to braid hair you can watch any of the many training DVD's online that show you the easy way to do hairbraiding from home or as a hair braiding business.

Types of hair braiding styles

Invisible braids:

Hair braiding has a long history and goes way back in time from a culture of people that had the skills to create unique looking hairstyles of all shapes and sizes from the french braiding to the braided bun to braid weave to twist braid styles.

It allowed women and men to express their individuality and black heritage with pixie braids or box braids.

As for braids for children it has made it easier for parents to manage the child's hair keeping it from tangling up or looking uncombed.

Instead the parent can try fishtail braids, tree braids or African hair braiding twists and then add some barrettes.

Braiding Synthetic Hair

When it comes to braided hair braiding while braiding hair you should always start out with a clean head of hair that has been moisturized with an oiled scalp to prevent the hair from drying out.

Braiding chemically relaxed hair can be damaging if done over a long period of time and if the hair is braided too tightly then that is when you will experience hair loss.

How to Braid Hair With Synthetic Hair

Choosing to add synthetic hair to your braids will help make the braids thicker and longer, many short braid styles use human hair to give the braided style a more complete finished look.

In order to add the right color of hair to your braids you will need to ask your beautician what type of artificial hair is the best to use, because some poor quality synthetic hair will cause your head to itch or you will notice that your braided style will not last long due to the ends starting to fray and unravel.


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  • Sun-Girl profile image


    8 years ago from Nigeria

    Hi research analyst,am really happy to read from you again,always love browsing through any article written by you because i fill enlightened each time i read your article. Thanks for this wonderful one again.

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    8 years ago

    I am planning on doing my hair for an upcoming cruise in May. I like the invisible braids (braided about two inches and the rest loose). Now I normally buy human hair, but I am on tight budget. My question is what is the BEST synthetic hair to buy that won't cost an arm and a leg a bag?

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    8 years ago

    thanks for the tips elizabeth

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    Elizabeth Cooper 

    8 years ago

    When your hair is first braided and it is too tight

    Spray down the braids with braid spray and then blow dry the braids, this will ease the tightness

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    8 years ago

    braids are versatile I think that is why they are such a popular protective hairstyle

  • ahostagesituation profile image


    8 years ago

    Nice! I had my hair braided a few years back for about a was so great.

  • Jennifer Bennett profile image

    Jennifer Bennett 

    9 years ago

    I love all these hair braided styles. Thanks!

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    9 years ago

    they are cute

  • kotoh profile image


    10 years ago from Chicago

    Great info. This is very useful to the hair style lovers. Thanks

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    10 years ago

    I have my hair in mini micro braids for the first time. It did not hurt while braiding and I was thankful about that. However, my hair, nor my human hair (milky way wavy) was not washed. Two Sengelese women did my hair, but it still took six hours of braiding. They were very meticulous with their braiding. My question is: Hair braided on last Friday Oct. 2, when can I wash my entire hair including this human hair and what product(s) do I use to wash and condition?

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    10 years ago

    gaincurves, I have seen this braided hairstyle it is really popular.

  • GainCurves2 profile image


    10 years ago

    I got my hair braided like the 1st pic. It was painful but it got A LOT of compliments. Best braided style I ever wore!

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    10 years ago

    Hi Carolina, do you do braids?

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    10 years ago

    hey this is carolina call at 243-1167

  • franciaonline profile image


    10 years ago from Philippines

    Very elegant braided hair! Thanks for this hub. The photos are beautiful!

  • megasuite profile image


    10 years ago from Illinois

    I wore braids for several years in my younger days. I did the extensions, the crown - you name it I tried it. I found that if your braider braids the hair too tight especially around the hair line that the hair will break and not grow back. Therefore, it is important to not have it too tighly braided. Another thing I did is that I kept a perm - I would get a touch up and then after about 2 weeks when the hair began to grow, then I would get the hair braided. I found that giving the hair a rest was helpful.


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