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How to do Micro Braids

How to Make Clean Micro Braids - Steps to Do it Perfectly

Want to experiment with your hair, especially braids? Consider going for micro braids. They last for months and require very less maintenance. This HairGlamourista article tells you how to micro braid your hair step by step.
Kalpana Kumari
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
With so many hairstyles to choose from, choosing one can really be a daunting task for anyone. You have to consider a lot of things before you get one that enhances your look. Some like to experiment a lot and go for a funky look, while some like to keep it simple. If you are the adventurous type who wouldn't mind having exotic hairstyles, then you should give micro braids a try.
Micro braids can give you a super trendy and voguish look with having to worry too much about maintaining your tresses. It is particularly popular among African-American woman and men as well. Because of its low maintenance, it has been adopted by fashionistas in different parts of the world. However, the decision to get a micro braid should not be take in a hurry, in the spur of the moment. You will have to be prepared to wear this hairstyle for a long time. If you are interested in learning how to go about doing micro braids on your hair, then scroll through the sections below.
Preparing Your Hair for Micro Braids

  • Most importantly, decide if you'll braid your own hair or get it done from a stylist. If you choose to go to a stylist, then make sure that he/she thoroughly understands the look you wish to achieve.
  • Before getting braids, it is important that your hair stays healthy enough so that they don't get damaged. Micro braids hinder cleaning-up and moisturizing your hair. This leads to many hair and scalp problems such as dryness, roughness, brittleness, and even dandruff. Therefore, if you are planning to have micro braids for a month or so, you need to prepare well for it.
  • Start preparing your hair at least 15 days prior to micro braiding. Oil your hair well with coconut or mustard oil an hour before shampooing. Do this every time you shampoo your hair. Use a deep conditioner right after shampooing, while the hair is wet.
  • Your hair should be generally healthy to form micro braids on them. It should possess sufficient moisture. Even if you find your hair to be healthy and fine, go for a hot oil treatment.
  • You can perform it at home by yourself or get it done by a professional at a salon. Get your hair trimmed before micro braiding. This will help get rid of split ends, which is necessary for creating a clean, healthy, and eye-catching look.

Micro Braid Your Own Hair

  • Shampoo and condition your hair well and allow it to air dry. When the hair is completely dry, comb it with a wide toothed comb to open all the knots. Then, comb with a fine toothed brush.
  • Divide your hair by making a partition at the middle of your scalp. On both the halves, divide the hair in small sections.
  • Hold each section with a rubber band or clip to keep them separate from each other. Try to keep the width of all the sections equal.
  • Take the hair section in front and divide it into three smaller sections.
  • Hold the ones on the sides with your fingers. Make the left section of hair cross over the right. By doing this, you will get the left section at the middle and the middle section of hair on the left side.
  • Now, move the right section over the present middle section of hair. As a result, you will have the right hair section in the middle, left section on the right side and the middle section on the left side.
  • This completes the first braid. Follow the instructions on making braids till you reach the end of the hair section. Hold it with a rubber band.
  • This completes the first micro braid on your hair. Repeat these instructions on each section of hair separately.

Things to Keep in Mind

There are certain things that you need to consider while learning how to do micro braids with weave.
  • First of all, if you have brittle hair, micro braids are not a thing for you.
  • Secondly, it suits short hair better as it tends to break longer hair more. This is why you should consider cutting your hair short before micro-braiding.
  • Do not make the micro braids too tight or too tiny. You should feel normal and relaxed while having your hair micro braided. This will reduce the damage on your hair and scalp when kept for long.
  • Do not keep the micro braids longer than a period of two months.
  • Wash your hair well twice a week. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner to wash hair. Rinse them off with plenty of water. You should avoid using thick conditioners as it is difficult to wash them off.
  • Finally, stay away from hair styling products like gels or spritz as they make hair management difficult.

Another popular trend is having extensions braided into the hair along with micro braids. They will keep the hair from falling out and also give your hair a fuller look. Getting micro braids done can be a big and difficult decision. So, be completely sure before you get it done.
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