Here, braid professional Afi Attipoe guides you through the types, tools, techniques, natural hair prep, and aftercare
Let’s face it, there’s never ever been a better time to plonk yourself in front of Netflix with a couple of packs of hair and get your (box) braid on. Fenn O’Meally‘s braids take the longest: 12 hours,” shares BeautyStack pro and braids specialist Afi Attipoe
Chances are, you have actually appreciated Sharmadean Reid‘s braids or Jorja Smith‘s in the past on Instagram and both are Attipoe’s workmanship. No matter the tone, texture, length, or style, the hair stylist is up for the obstacle, having actually begun intertwining aged 13 and she admits she discovers the long process “therapeutic”. After operating at her mum’s buddy’s hair salon at 15, and a stint at The Braid Bar in 2015, Attipoe decided to take a more high-fashion technique and spent a year assisting fellow hair stylists on shoots. The 31- year-old’s hair viewpoint is easy: to do individuals’s braids as she would like her own hair to be done, in order to get the best outcomes. “I like it to be neat. I get distressed if i’m walking on the street and I see somebody who has square and triangle partings. The symmetry, plait disparity: beginning tight and ending loose, little things like that make a difference.”
Attipoe is very clear on the advantages of braiding and preserving braids. This is certainly a time consuming and labour intensive hairstyle but get rid of the rush and cost (a hairstylist can charge over ₤100 a pop) besides the hair and you’re in imaginative control. When you’re finished, your hair will be protected for as long as this lockdown lasts or six to 8 weeks– whichever comes earlier.
” A tail comb — a comb with little teeth and a pointy metal end to part your hair, a large tooth comb to comb through your own hair, and a paddle brush like a Tangle Teezer to comb out your extensions. I utilize Keracare Butter Cream, and maybe a little bit of grease – Indian hemp oil due to the fact that I like the odor. Or T444 Z hair food“
PERSON VS SYNTHETIC EXTENSIONS
” Genuine hair lasts longer and is more lightweight, but artificial hair is more cost efficient (₤ 1. You ‘d probably require 3 packages of human hair, and I constantly tell individuals to get an extra package as you don’t desire to run out.
CHOICE A BRAID OR TWIST TYPE
Goddess braids are the exact same thing but from you feed in curly hair at the ends, plait it into the primary braid, then leave the end out. Kinky twists are single twists with kinky hair, rope twists utilize regular (straight) extensions like X-Pressions Passion twists are twists with curly hair.
TO PREP YOUR NATURAL HAIR …
” Make certain it’s washed, tidy and detangled whatever your hair type. The even worse thing is when you’re trying to part your hair, there’s a huge knot in there and you’re attempting to detangle and spray the water … Not everyone needs to blow dry their hair if you can comb it through. I would have to blow dry 4C hair so it’s quicker to braid. Ensure you have actually moisturised your hair also and grease or oil your scalp. An itchy scalp when you have braids is dreadful.”
SHOULD YOU DEAL WITH EXTENSIONS PRIOR TO USE?
” I’ve become aware of soaking them in apple cider vinegar before usage (Rihanna just recently informed British Style she ain’t got time for that) however I’m still old-fashioned and do not. I have actually never ever had any issues or inflammation with the hair and neither have my customers. I pull the hair, so if I have actually needed to suffice in half due to the fact that of the blunt end, I pull the strands so the ends are uneven and it’s easier for me to braid areas down to completion. I might put a little Indian hemp oil in it to make it smoother and after that I brush it out.”
” Always have a mirror or 2, one in front and one behind so you can see what you’re doing. To make it simpler, part your hair into four areas like a hot cross bun. Braid up each section: I usually start at the back however if you’re a beginner you might begin at the front so you can see what you’re doing.
TO KNOT THE ACCESSORY OR NOT?
” A knotless braid is when you begin intertwining your own hair and you feed in the extension. Normally it’s knotted: get two pieces of hair, make sure one piece is narrower than the other, cross them over each other, and join the narrow areas together to develop a third piece that is the very same size as the other 2 sections.
KEEP IT LIGHT AND SEAL COMPLETION
” I attempt not to go previous three and a half packs of hair. You can still accomplish a full appearance, just don’t utilize as much hair. You do not need to pack it out, you need spaces and when the hair grows out it will not look gappy.
FEELING A BOB OR FRINGE?
” Figure out where you want it, depending on the length of your natural hair. If it’s long, then plait the hair up until when it stops. I ‘d most likely do 2 rows at the back and then 2 rows at the front to satisfy it first. Most braided bobs I have actually done have actually had elastics on completion because the clients desired the plaits medium-sized and I cut the hair near the elastic bands so there’s not a big bit neglected. Or I might, depending upon the length of their hair, cut the extension length into three pieces, intertwine it right down to the end, then seal it with hot water. No-one’s asked me to do a fringe and your hair would have to be short (however it’s basically the exact same principle). Get a braided wig (or do crochet) if your hair is longer.”
BRAID THE RAINBOW
“ Catface has the best colour variety for ombré hair. What I’ve found, and this is a client’s feedback as well after doing her hair with it two or three times, is that the hair didn’t last long. The extension texture is really soft so it’s for short-lived designs as the hair gets messy quick.
TO MAKE YOUR BRAIDS LAST …
What my auntie utilized to do for me is clean my hair, dry it effectively and oil my scalp after two or 3 weeks. If you have to trim the braids, do it. To grease your scalp, get a tiny spray bottle and put oil in it or utilize an oil shine spray