Tree Braids Are Possible with Curly, Straight, and Wavy Human and Synthetic Hair
The Most Important Part of Treebraids is the Hairline
Tree Braids Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the wonderful world of tree braids!
Here, I will attempt to answer questions you may have about what tree braids are. Let's face it, even after introducing them in more depth from the perspective of a Master Braider, many ladies- and their guys- still have questions. This explanation is unique to my Hub page and you will not find it anywhere else, so please pay close attention.
I will attempt to answer the first of many questions that are asked, and one that is asked the most:
Q:"What is the difference between microbraids and treebraids?"
A: There are two types of treebraids, so let's compare apple to apples. One looks like a microbraid and is called individual tree braids. The other is cornrow based, and therefore looks nothing like microbraids, so for purposes of illustration, we will compare and contrast the microbraids to the individual tree braids.
Both the microbraids and individual treebraids are single braid, single plait, or stick like, if you will. The hair is braided at the scalp adding commercial hair, and continues to extend beyond the scalp until the end of the client's hair is reached. The hair is then tied securely beyond the client's hair usually using the commercial strands.
However, this is where the similarities end.
Q: "I like my hair very full and long- can I get that?"
A: Yes. Tree braids can be installed in your hair to be as full, or as natural looking as you want. For example, the first picture likes her hair very long sometimes, but mostly likes the top to look natural. Take a look at the last or third set- one of my client's that loves hers very full.
One question a lot of people ask is- what happens to your own hair? Your own hair is cocooned within a cornrow braid (in the particular style shown- another version is plaits or individual braids) that lays very flat against the scalp and the cornrow tails end at the nape of the neck. A growing trend is more Caucasian sisters are starting to be curious and/ or interested about this technique. It could be to offer it to their clientele, or to wear tree braids themselves, who knows? A lady once asked for a weft track hair extension in the back of her head, and treebraids in the front, and she is Caucasian! She is the owner or part owner of a very popular restaurant on Rt 1 North (for those living in Central New Jersey, take a wild guess!) Already, Caucasian and mixed children are wearing them, though this trend is slowly catching on. Braiding styles are hotter than ever!
In this revised hub, I want you to pay very close attention to the first two treebraids styles- they are cornrow based. The next two after that are individuals.
It is possible, because the cornrow based styles are close to the scalp, to hide, using a very unique technique, bald spots, and/ or thinning hair. Unfortunately, this is a real life problem for many women, and they can now breathe a sigh of relief!
In my next hub, I have shown you how a Caucasian can wear cornrow tree braids with a little known technique that offers an invisible hairline.
Treebraids are an alternative to weaving and other hair additions, and hair replacement techniques that are based on either cornrows, or individual/ single braids. Treebraids are also a hair replacement technique: all of your own hair is braided into the preferred format: individuals, or cornrows. The commercial hair or extensions strands are left out of the cornrows or braids to flow down and give the appearance of long, luxurious, full, sexy, and at Kaales- professional looking hair.
Treebraids are the most natural braiding and weaving method because there are no chemicals added- hair relaxers are not required prior to installation, and no heat is required either.
Easily grow your hair! Hide your braids, or flaunt them with my regular treebraids, or the invisible ones- the cornrow-based ones that look like hair is growing out of your scalp, very close to the hairline. This technique is very much sought after and training is available.
To find an invisible treebraider near you do a search online. Questions you should ask your potential treebraider:
"Do you do invisible treebraids?", and
"Will my hair look natural like hair is coming out of my scalp?"
Once braiding has started- wait until about the 4th cornrow treebraid, then ask to be excused and go to the bathroom to check your hairline. If it does not look like hair is growing out of your scalp, ask for a refund and a removal of the braids. Run for your money!
Don't forget to ask your potential treebraider how many packs of hair she uses. If you have an average sized head you will only need 2pks. A lady once told me that her first time getting treebraids at a braid shop people made fun of her (people close to her) calling her "Lion King". Needless to say she was not pleased- they used 4pks of synthetic hair. Yes, 4! They didn't even bother to shape it into a style.
So you see, your hairline, as well as the volume of hair used- including styling, of course, matters. Human hair is preferred because it is less likely to get frizzy and get pouffy.
Don't look like the rest- look like a Queen!