like bold braids that they can show off, but tree braids are different
from your ordinary braids. Tree braids are nearly invisible and
are intended to hold hair extensions naturally and sturdily. Those
who have short hair and decide that they want a longer look, or
have hair that does not grow easily might opt for tree braids as
a way of fastening their hair extensions.
are so-called, because the end of the braid that separates the end
of the natural hair and the extension looks a bit like a tree trunk,
but this section is invisible. Tree braids need some maintenance
and some retouching, but are much easier on the hair and the scalp
than glues and chemicals that are often used to keep hair extensions
in place. Tree braids need to be put in place by a skilled professional,
and there are many salons that specialize in doing special hair
procedures such as tree braids.
You might be
wondering whether or not you really need tree braids. Perhaps you
are happy with your super-short look, or maybe you want a hair extension.
Using glue and other materials to fasten a hair extension in place
can be quite effective, however, glue and chemicals are not very
healthy for the hair and scalp and can be quite irritating.
Although a weave
requires a replacement from time to time, and a visit to the salon,
it is easier on the hair and looks quite natural. No one will be
able to tell that you have tree braids, and your hair extension
will be set in place naturally.
Before getting tree braids,
your hair stylist will look at your hair and scalp and see how sturdy
your hair is. Fine hair is more of a challenge, but tree braids
can be put into any kind of hair. He will ensure that your hair
extension will match your hair color and type exactly. Even curly
extensions can be easily managed by a hair stylist with the right
may take some time to put in, and some patience, but once the braid
incorporates the hair extension with your natural hair, you can
wash and dry your hair as you normally do, and go for new tree braids
every once in a while. Tree braids have an advantage over hair weaves,
in that they tend to have a stronger hold and cannot be seen by
Caring for your
tree braids is similar to caring for your own hair. It is alright
to run a brush lightly over your hair, but make sure that you don't
pull the braids unnecessarily. These braids are tight like cornrows,
but they can still come out if there is a lot of pressure placed
on them, so handle them with care.
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If your tree
braids do come undone, and if you are at a special function, try
putting the hair extension back in place with pins or elastic. Although
tree braids that are made by a reliable stylists should hold well,
it is a good idea to keep bobby pins and elastic bands the same
color as your hair in your purse with you so you can re-attach the
hair extension when the need arises. Hopefully, your tree braids
will be sufficiently strong to rule out this possibility.
If you are unsure
whether or not tree braids are good for you, try other methods,
such as glue and weaves, before tree braids. However, there are
many advantages to tree braids over other ways of attaching hair
extension, and even though they need to be braided again occasionally,
tree braids are still a sturdy hair-holding technique that will
not damage your hair.