Braids are always cute and impressive hairstyles for girls and women. It’s also easy to do at home and causes no harm to hair. However, for people using hair extensions, a lovely braid hairstyle can be a little challenging since the bonds between their hair and hair extensions can be visible. Therefore, in this post, we include some tips on braiding with human hair extensions for you to rock a new look. So, let’s get started.
Step 1: Select human hair bundles
Human hair extensions will give you the right and natural look of the braided hairstyle with its softness and silkiness. Remember that slightly curly or textured hair will be easier to make braid since it grips better and will hold the style longer. A kinky straight weft bundle can be an example.
Step 2: Prep your bio hair and hair extensions
It’s important to wash and apply conditioner to your hair extensions before braiding. After washing and conditioning the bundles, you should pull the hair strands apart into one-inch thick sections as the hair dries. By doing this, the hair bundles will dry faster and you can take the right amount of hair extension for braiding later. Also, please note that it will not be a great choice to use a heat blow dryer to dry your hair extensions. Hence, let it dry naturally.
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After you clean your weft bundles, let do the same thing with your bio hair with deep conditioning. This way will help your hair smoother for the braiding process and secure a good look since you will have the style for some time. And during that time, your hair will miss the conditioning, so don’t skip this step. You can air dry or use a blow dryer; however, make sure that you apply some heat protectant spray before you blow-dry your hair. Your natural hair needs to be as healthy as possible for the braiding to hold the stress and pulling during the braiding process.
Step 3: Divide your hair into sections
At this stage, you need to part your hair into 3 to 4 large sections by starting from your ear to ear, then from your forehead to the crown or from your forehead to nape. After that, secure the sections with elastic bands or large clips.
The next thing to do is to divide your hair sections into even smaller parts, about ¼ to 1 inch wide per section. Each of the sections will be a braid, so you can adjust the size to the style you want. If you like a micro braid, create small sections. And make bigger ones if you want a larger braiding style. You should start parting from the nape of your neck.
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Step 4: Attach hair extensions and braid
Take enough amount of hair extensions to match the size of the sections of natural hair on your head. Remember not to grab too much nor too little hair extensions as it will make your braid look uneven.
In order to make the braids, you need to fold the extensions like a candy cane, so you will have 3 inches hanging down on the short end. Then, hook the extensions over the top of the hair section you intend to braid. At this point, you have 3 sections of hair lying beside each other, the shorter end of hair extensions on the left, your bio hair in the middle, and the long end of the hair extensions on the right. Then, start braiding the 3 sections into one braid and continue until your entire natural hair is braided. If you are making micro or tree braids, it’s better to secure the braid with a slip knot and let the ends fall loose. With other types, you can braid to the end of the hair extensions.
Braiding with human hair extensions can be a bit difficult for beginners, but everything needs a try, right? You will surely satisfy with the result later. Let enjoy your new look!
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