Discover the different types of African braids

Allies of those who go through the hair transition , African braids have always been successful among black American icons, especially singers, actresses and, now, they are booming among digital influencers.

In Brazil, the number of followers of the hairstyle only increases, causing more and more curly women to invest in this look, which brings a strong historical load of resistance and struggle of the black population.

Of African origin, braids were used by some cultures to determine social class, family origin and even marital status of women on the continent. In Latin America, the drawings made on the roots of the hair during the period of slavery served as maps that aided the escape and encounter of nearby quilombos.

So, as much as the African braids have fallen in the taste of women of all hair curves, they remain much more than a simple hairstyle.

A tracer for over 17 years and responsible for the braids of Youtubers Amanda Mendes and Sabrina Dibynis, Janaína Cristina Honorato explains what are the different types of African braids, in addition to the necessary care and maintenance.

Box braids

Unlike box braids , the nagô braid - also known as corn braids - is made close to the scalp and was widely used as a form of communication among blacks.

Nowadays, it remains one of the favorite curly and curly, and can be made in natural or synthetic hair. The trancista Janaína also mentions that this technique is a great option for women who use lace, since the fact of being rooted facilitates the insertion of the wig .

Crochet braids

Contrary to what you can imagine, crochet braids are not braids made with a crochet thread. In fact, the technique gets its name due to the way of doing it, which uses a needle to sew synthetic hair to natural.

The process is made from the root and uses synthetic fibers, such as kanekalon, to lengthen the threads, and the designs can vary. One of the main advantages of this technique is the natural effect it provides to the hair.

Twist braid

Also called "baião de dois braid" in some places in Brazil, the twist braid is made using the interlacing technique, which means that the material will be "sewn" into the hair root, mixing the synthetic material with the natural hair in the entire length of the wires. For further details, go here: types of braids

The main characteristic of the twist braid is the model of this hairstyle, which is made with just two strands instead of three, as in traditional ones.

Main care for African braids

To maintain the health of the scalp and hair and to prolong the durability of the look, it is necessary to adopt some very easy habits.

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