How to Take Care of your Cornrows?

  • By lemaster
  • 05 Nov, 2016

Cornrows is a timeless African hair braiding styling where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion, producing a continuous raised row. This styling is preferred to correct the hair damage and promote healthy hair growth. Cornrowing too tight will cause little white bumps on the scalp which may lead to Traction Alopecia. You may as well experience dull, frizzy and dry hair. This style can last up to several weeks and even last longer if is maintained properly. Here are few simple tips for taking care of your cornrows.

 

Take care of the edges

After you’ve put the braids, for the seven days, make sure the edges are pulled tightly and moisturized. This will not only ease the pressure but also gets your root stronger. Before you braid your hair, it is recommended to apply oil around the edges to prevent from breakage and split ends.

 

Moisturize your scalp

Clean your scalp every day and never let it dry. There are two types of scalp; dry scalp and oily scalp. If you have a dry scalp, apply oil on daily basis to bring moisture in it. If you already have oily scalp, well it’s good, as it prevents dandruff. Be cautious about it. Moisturizing your scalp reduces the dull, frizzy and dry hair.

 

Wash your hair

Washing your hair every 7 to 10 days prevents from breakage when you take out the braids. It is true, your hair always seeks for moisture and health whether you have braided them or not. Well, shampooing your hair right away can also prevent your hair from drying. Follow these helpful tips while shampooing your hair:

  • In order to reach the hair and scalp, you may want two bottles with a pointed tip.
  • Mitigate the shampoo in one bottle while the conditioner in another.
  • The products can be applied in their originality if they are already diluted.
  • As the deep conditioner tends to be thick, dilute it. Rinse both products thoroughly.

 

Moisturize the braid

Moisturizing the braid can reduce split ends. You can moisturize your braid by following two methods:

  • Use a water-based spritz followed by sealing with oil. This way will provide sufficient moisture preventing meshing, lock-in, or severe product buildup.
  • Rub a shea butter onto the braids every few days. Shea butter provides moisture to dry and damaged hair from the root to the tips, leaving it healthy and shiny.

 

Consult your professional

You should consult with your stylist or professional for proper information about cornrows. Unless, you’re getting your hair done for free, you want it done right. Obviously, everyone wants their styles to last long and stay away from breakage. If you don’t want split ends, spend extra time to get it done properly, consulting with your professional.

 

Ladies, how do you take care of your cornrows? If you have any additional helpful tips, you can share here in the comments.

By lemaster 05 Nov, 2016

The most popular hair problem we get to experience is dry and brittle hair, late growth, and the most time consuming styling needs. But don’t be tensed anymore!!!!Tree braids is an excellent solution for all these problems. It is the most effective protective hair braid style for solving these issues. Tree braids are nothing new, but the best hair extension technique that does not degrade your natural hair, rather it protects them; helps you get your desired length and gain weight within a couple of months.

Whatsoever, this is one of the best hairstyles for long hair. There are various types of tree braids hairstyles you can try for your hair. Here are some of them enlisted below:-

1.      Wavy Center-Parted

If you are fan of retro look, this is the perfect hairstyle for u that is inspired from the 70s. A sexy and retro hairstyle is a wavy center parted tree braids style that is divided into two parts in the middle. The free flowing locks then created are made into a curl softly to create retro waves. Highlighting color is used at the front of the hair to add a hint of color.

2.       Wavy Hairstyle

One of the best benefits of this type of hair style is that you can experiment with various textures onto your hair. In this type of hairstyle a wave that is tightly framed is created, which adds volume and a depth to the hair, on the other hand, neat side of the hair helps to frame the face softly. Gradual layers are created for more dimensional look.

3.     Front-Braided Hairstyle

The front section features a few inches of diagonal braid in front-braided hairstyles. It also consists of added headband braid that distinguishes the braided section and the full voluminous curls.

4.     Curly Tree Braids

It is known as one of the best looks for braided hairstyles. In this type, braids are simply interconnected in such a way that most of the hair will be formed in a curly fashion. This hairstyle looks best on long faces. You will be experiencing big, full hair, along with elegant looks, by integrating this type of tree braids.

5.     Invisible Braids

As the name of braid itself implies invisible, here the braids remain invisible. This type of style makes your hair strong and avoids breaking down of hair by styling. You will only be able to experience the braids.

6.     Cornrow Tree Braids

Well, you will find hair design to look like a cornrow. Style your hair in such a way that it remains on the sides, and lets the rest of the hair remain on the side and back. The most important thing to keep in mind is that only the front part of the hair can be braided while making cornrow tree braids.

7.     Twisted top Tree Braids

It is one of the easiest hairstyle which can be done at home. Simply twist a section or two and pin them all to guide all the shiny locks backwards away from face. In order to add some beauty, you can simply highlight in chocolate and caramel hues.

8.     Layered Tree Braids

Layered tree braids make your hair feel like real hair, with cute flipped ends of the layer. A small burgundy strand in the bangs with a messy touch flatters this style.

 

I hope this information was helpful. You can share any additional information in the comment section below.

By lemaster 05 Nov, 2016

Cornrows is a timeless African hair braiding styling where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion, producing a continuous raised row. This styling is preferred to correct the hair damage and promote healthy hair growth. Cornrowing too tight will cause little white bumps on the scalp which may lead to Traction Alopecia. You may as well experience dull, frizzy and dry hair. This style can last up to several weeks and even last longer if is maintained properly. Here are few simple tips for taking care of your cornrows.

 

Take care of the edges

After you’ve put the braids, for the seven days, make sure the edges are pulled tightly and moisturized. This will not only ease the pressure but also gets your root stronger. Before you braid your hair, it is recommended to apply oil around the edges to prevent from breakage and split ends.

 

Moisturize your scalp

Clean your scalp every day and never let it dry. There are two types of scalp; dry scalp and oily scalp. If you have a dry scalp, apply oil on daily basis to bring moisture in it. If you already have oily scalp, well it’s good, as it prevents dandruff. Be cautious about it. Moisturizing your scalp reduces the dull, frizzy and dry hair.

 

Wash your hair

Washing your hair every 7 to 10 days prevents from breakage when you take out the braids. It is true, your hair always seeks for moisture and health whether you have braided them or not. Well, shampooing your hair right away can also prevent your hair from drying. Follow these helpful tips while shampooing your hair:

  • In order to reach the hair and scalp, you may want two bottles with a pointed tip.
  • Mitigate the shampoo in one bottle while the conditioner in another.
  • The products can be applied in their originality if they are already diluted.
  • As the deep conditioner tends to be thick, dilute it. Rinse both products thoroughly.

 

Moisturize the braid

Moisturizing the braid can reduce split ends. You can moisturize your braid by following two methods:

  • Use a water-based spritz followed by sealing with oil. This way will provide sufficient moisture preventing meshing, lock-in, or severe product buildup.
  • Rub a shea butter onto the braids every few days. Shea butter provides moisture to dry and damaged hair from the root to the tips, leaving it healthy and shiny.

 

Consult your professional

You should consult with your stylist or professional for proper information about cornrows. Unless, you’re getting your hair done for free, you want it done right. Obviously, everyone wants their styles to last long and stay away from breakage. If you don’t want split ends, spend extra time to get it done properly, consulting with your professional.

 

Ladies, how do you take care of your cornrows? If you have any additional helpful tips, you can share here in the comments.

By lemaster 05 Nov, 2016

Crochet Braidis a protective natural hair styling technique that provides the added feature of hair extension at the client’s cornrow base.

This is a natural protective technique. It is cost effective and stylish, which has made it popular among all individuals. Now, people have been asking different types of questions related to it.

With this in mind, I hope the following answers and questions related to the typical crochet braids will prove to be helpful.

  • What are protective hairstyles?

Protective hairstyles are those that protect against split ends and helps retain length. In practice, this styling method tucks away the ends of your hair by limiting the damage done to those ends, and helps hair grow healthier.

  • How long does a crochet braid installation take?

The duration of styling depends upon the types of the style you want to make. Normally, the installation takes approximately 2-3 hours, which also includes the time to cornrow the hair in the approximate pattern, and latch the extension onto the cornrows and style.

  • How long does crochet braid last?

If you have the tendency to maintain the style properly, crochet braid can last 4-6 weeks or longer.

  • How to do crochet braid yourself?

Crochet braid is one of the hottest hairstyles to have on natural hairs. Here is a simple guide to make crochet braid yourself at home.

  1. Apply cornrows to clean and moisturized
  2. Lace the hair of your choice through the cornrow, with the help of standard craft latch hook crochet noodle.
  • At last, put a knot in the fake hair to attach to it to the cornrow. You can also take next step in addition by giving the fake hair some curls with roller.
  • Can you workout with crochet braids?

Of course! You don’t have to worry about your hairstyle while working out. You can take part in any exercise – running, jumping, biking, etc. Also, you no longer have to worry about sweating and ruining your style.

  • Where can I get crochet braid done?

Crochet braid is a simple natural hairstyle which can also be done at home if you know very well about the procedure. But it is recommended that you get it done by professionals. This type of braid is mostly done in salons specializing in African hair braiding. If you are in North California, clear your schedule for the day and visit us in Winston-Salem, NC.

  • What type of hair is used?

There are varieties of hair textures, colors as well as easy maintenance techniques that people demand. So, keeping that in mind, we usually use synthetic bulk or braiding hair.

  • How do I take down my crochet braids?

Well, taking down the crochet braid depends upon how the crochet braid has been installed. Here are some of the methods to help you take down your crochet braids, depending upon their nature.

#Method1

If your braids were looped only once through your cornrows, you can simply take extension from where it is looped at the top, and pull it out from your cornrow, and it will come out. In the end, after all the extensions are out, you can undo your cornrows.

#Method2

You need to find the end of your cornrow braid and proceed unraveling, and then your extension will eventually come out of the cornrow, as you start to unravel.

#Method3

In this method, you may have to cut your extension first, and then, unravel your cornrows (this may be the situation if your extension had to be tight in order to stay into your cornrow). You have to be cautious as you might cut out your natural hair. If you’re not confident, you may want to find someone else to take down your cornrows.

By lemaster 05 Nov, 2016

For many of us, protective styles are great method for length retention. Some of us have mastered wearing them for a week or two or even more. Then you have those of us who wear them for a long term; four, five, six, or even more weeks. So, the question is, how we do it? How can you master long-term protective styling?

Well, here are a few tips to help you get started.

  • Detangle your hair

Make sure you detangle your hair before you go get it done. This way, you won’t have to worry about the stylist combing your hair while it’s dry. Detangling your hair is a prior to installing a protective style helps to speed up the styling process and it reduces excessive breakage which can happen when hair is manipulated in its dry state.

  • Be patient

Always be patient and gentle when you or your stylist is installing the protective style. So, that you don’t end up with split ends which can reduce the amount of length that you retain.

  • Be gentle

Remind your hair stylist not to be pull too tightly on your scalp. Tight hairstyles can not only be painful and uncomfortable, they can also be damaging to the hair follicles. This can affect your hair growth potential and result in bald patches around your edges and in different sections.

  • Say ‘NO’ to over-manipulation

Avoid over manipulation during the time you have your protective style in. Frequent styling and restyling can cause frizz, which can shorten the intended length of time that your hair is supposed to be kept in a protective style for.

  • Moisture

To moisturize your hair, combine water, oil and leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle. Then, lightly spritz your hair a few times in a week or as needed. Spritzing your hair often with a hair spritz helps to re-hydrate the hair without disturbing or roughening the hairstyle. This allows you to wear the hairstyle for a longer period of time.

  • Cover your hair

When going to bed, wear a silk head wrap to help keep your style in place while you sleep. An ordinary bonnet will still protect the hair, but it won’t hold the hair in place like a scarf would. Silk scarves also help to keep the hair smooth and minimize frizz while you sleep, so you won’t have to do much maintenance in the morning. However, if you’re an active sleeper, it’s best to secure the scarf by wearing a satin bonnet on top of the scarf.

  • Edge maintenance

To maintain your edges, use a soft toothbrush to gently brush up your baby hair when needed.

  • Change the look

If you must change the look of your protective style, make sure to rub a few drops of oil in your palms before rubbing your hands in your hair. Lubricating your palms prior to restyling helps to reduce friction and frizz which can sometimes make the hairstyle to look rough.

  • While taking down the style

When it’s time to take down the style, please make sure that you take your time and be very gentle with the process. When detangling, make sure you only detangle small sections of the hair at a time, so that you don’t lose all your growth to breakage.

  • Deep Condition

After taking down your protective style, the next thing you will want to do is a thorough deep conditioning treatment. It is one of the best ways to restore the moisture and strength back to the hair, when it’s loose.

How do you maximize your protective style?

By lemaster 05 Nov, 2016

We saw a lot of fun fashion on last year’s Oscar Carpet, but the look that seemed to cause the most buzz around the web was 18-year old Zendaya’s faux dreadlocks. The young performer attended the event for the first time, sporting a half-swept up dreadlocks and off shoulder dress that was all kinds of elegant.

At Braids by Sarafina, we love all kinds of hairstyles and are always on a lookout for some cool looks to experiment on. So, you can bet that when the Oscar’s red carpet unfolded we were stroked to see a standout look show up. If Zendaya’s confidence has inspired you to try the hairstyle as well, go for it.

Before you start, here are few pros and cons to help you decide.

Pros of Dreadlocks

  Problems with the knots

When you have dreadlocks you don’t have to worry about knots anymore. You can also kiss tearfully and painfully combing your hair out. As a matter of fact, you might be happier with knots as it will be easier to manage and form locks that way.

Fashion Statement

With interlocked hair, you always have a fashion statement that goes with your style. Dreads can also make you look fierce yet chill at the same time, no matter what you wear.

Confidence Booster

Because dreads make for an excellent fashion statement, you can express your individuality and be comfortable in your own skin. This means that you can be 10 times more confident with dreads.

Maintenance

Dreadlocks are virtually maintenance-free because for one, you don’t need to wash your hair that often. Water can loosen and thin out your locks. Washing them every two weeks or longer is more preferable. Overtime, you’ll be able to build your hair’s stamina, which means that you can go even longer without washing it.

Bad hair days

Because your hair stays same day in and out, you won’t have to worry about bad hair days anymore. This means that you can have great hair every day, whether you are going to office or out on a date.

Cons of Dreadlocks

Unwanted attention

Some people have negative connotations about dreadlocks. While it’s their problem not yours, it might however cause some trouble with the authorities sometimes.

Time-consuming

You might need a little more time for them to grow longer. Unless you have long hair before turning them into locks, you’ll have to wait while to have really long dreads.

Hygiene

Because you can’t wash your hair all the time, lint, fur and other dirt might get stuck in your hair. It could make your scalp itchy.

Comfort

You might find it difficult or uncomfortable to sleep on them during the first few days or weeks. However some people never grow fond of sleeping on them.

Conclusion

Dreadlocks are really cool to sport but it may not be everybody. If you cant handle, awkward stares or the stereotyping, it just may not be for you. But fear not, there are tons of hairstyles to choose from. So, keep experimenting and stay beautiful.

By lemaster 05 Nov, 2016

Pixie Braids, also called micro braids, are a style with myriads of tiny braids covering the majority or all of the head. This kind of braid is similar to box braid but you can achieve this look in less time. These braids are a fast way to add a dash of sassiness to your everyday look.

This style can be anywhere from chin length to above your shoulders, meaning the only drawback is that you need short hair to pull off this look.

Things you’ll need to achieve this look:

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