Tree Braiding 101 - Things You Should Know
Want to know more about the tree braiding technique?
Imagine combining the ease of cornrows with the look of free flowing hair. There's a popular braiding technique that can give you just that!
Let's discuss the things you should know about these braids, how they're done and care tips for this style.
Things You Should Know About This Braiding Technique
This braided style puts your hair in simple cornrows going straight back, then uses extensions that are left out to be free flowing and beautiful. The end result is a style that gives you and your hair a much needed break, plus all the styling options youd have with your own hair.
Here are some helpful facts about this braiding technique.
- This style is almost undetectable. If it's done properly it'll be very hard for you to tell that it's really braids and not a weave.
- You can use any length hair, from above shoulder length all the way to the middle of your back.
- The braids last 2-3 months with the right care and maintenance.
- They take less time to put in than regular box braids and definitely less time than micros (average 4-6 hours).
- They give a free flowing natural look that's impossible to get with regular braids.
- The braiding technique used for tree braids is more secure than adding weave tracks that can loosen and (God forbid) fall out.
- This style let's you completely hide your hair away to give it a break from chemicals, heat styling, combing and brushing.
- The style can be done on natural and relaxed hair.
Hair Selection And Care Tips For This Style
- Never use human hair shorter than 18 inches for the best finished look.
- Be prepared to use 2-3 packs of hair to complete your braids.
- The hair used should be loose and not on track or weft (like weave hair).
- Care for your braids by lightly oiling your scalp between the parts 2-3 times a week and spraying the length of your hair with oil sheen daily.
- Use a braid spray or liquid leave in conditioner on the cornrowed base of your braids twice a week to keep your hair moisturized.
- Wash your braids with diluted shampoo once a week and follow the care instructions for the hair based on the type you use (curly, straight, etc).
- Tie a silk or satin scarf over your hair at night before you sleep to keep your extension hair from drying out and looking matted.