If you like to stand out from the crowd, be a bright, extraordinary personality and surprise others in the chosen way, then Senegalese and African braids are for you. Let's take a closer look at this type of weaving.
What are afro braids?
Africans are usually called several dozen thin and perfectly even braids, into which ribbons and artificial strands of hair are woven. Famous singer Linda in the 90s was a fan of this hairstyle.
This type of weaving has its own characteristics. Let's see how to weave Senegalese braids. The highlight of this weaving is that they are woven only from two, and not from three strands of hair that are twisted in opposite directions. You can braid both artificial strands and your own, only on condition that they have the right length and decent density. Weaving Senegalese braids is a very laborious and painstaking process, but the result is worth it. Most often they go in addition to African or "pony style", but there are times when weaving acts as a separate hairstyle. A photo of Senegalese braids can leave few people indifferent.
Let's considerin more detail the process of weaving. Senegalese braids are also called bundles or cords. Before braiding your hair, purchase material and glue in advance to secure the ends of the bundle. You will also need elastic bands and hairpins in order to divide the hair into zones. Start working with hair with one strand. Fold the artificial fibers in half, form a loop and place it on the natural strand at the roots of the hair. Form up to about 5 turns in the same way as with a regular braid. Divide a strand of your hair into 2 parts, attach both halves to the material. Twist the resulting strands in opposite directions. Cross the harnesses in the opposite direction. Secure the tourniquet with glue.
Things to consider
Before weaving Senegalese braids, a number of conditions must be met:
- Hair must be at least 7 cm long.
- You will need 4 packs of kanekalon thread.
- If you want to create a bright look, we advise you to choose "Pony", these threads change color in the sun and glow in the dark. You will definitely be noticed at any party.
Hair care masks
Like any hairstyle, Senegalese braids and afro braids require attention, although they are quite unpretentious. In order for the created hairstyle to look neat and well-groomed, masks will help:
- Burdock hair mask. It is done very simply: burdock is applied to pre-washed wet hair.oil. It is rubbed into the roots, and then distributed along the entire length of the strands. Often yolk, honey or pepper are added to the product.
- Another popular hair mask is saline. It makes hair strong, preventing hair loss: dissolve half a glass of s alt in warm water. Apply the resulting slurry to your hair.
What other types of afro weaving are there?
In addition to Senegalese and Afro braids, there are several more weaving options:
- Zizi is a simplified version of African braids with a similar weave. The difference is that ready-made pigtails are woven. This method saves some time, reducing it to 5 hours. In addition, they are several times lighter than African ones by weight.
- Ethnic braids.
What not to do
Experts do not recommend getting carried away with African braids. Lots of hair falls out during weaving, and frequent weaving thins them out.
How much to wear and how to keep the look
To keep the shape longer, watch the strands that fall out and weave them in with a hook. On the question of how long to wear Senegalese braids, opinions differ, but it is believed that the optimal period is up to 2 months. Such a hairstyle will make life easier for many girls in the summer, when hot water is turned off: Senegalese and African braids do not lose their appearance if they are not washed. Braids will not allow you to comb your hair out well.
Important: for allergic reactions, dandruff, rashes and skin problems, experts recommend not resorting to this type of hairstyle at all.
Choose anyway of weaving braids and attract enthusiastic glances. When choosing a master, pay attention to the portfolio in social networks or on your own website. All work must be done as smoothly as possible. This applies not only to braids, but also to the rear view. Everything must be neat. Look at reviews of the work of a particular master (especially if he accepts clients at home). The process of braiding itself is very slow and takes 12-15 hours, so on long hair masters usually work in pairs.