Today, women look for hairstyles that are chic, versatile, and most importantly, low maintenance. Braid hairstyles fulfill all these criterion. Traditionally, braiding was considered a black hairstyle only done by African-American women because it was the easiest way to maintain their hair texture.
The reason they are called tree braids is that the end of the braid that separates the end of the natural hair and the extension looks a bit like a tree trunk. Since, this is a complicated procedure, it is most likely that either you will need a stylist or at least someone to help you. Generally, tree braids take no more than three to four hours to complete.
Unlike other braided styles, a benefit of having tree braid hairstyle is that the natural hair beneath are guarded from chemical treatments. Here, natural hair are actually cornrowed to the scalp, while the artificial hair are braided into each row and left to loose hang. It is considered less painful than ordinary cornrow designs because each row is small.
How To Tree Braid Hair
- Though braids are generally worn by men and women both, tree braids hairstyles are gaining popularity in girls. Work in sections no larger than one-half inch. Use duckbill hair clips to create even parts and to hold hair out of the way that you're not currently braiding. Fold a small section of hair extension in half and divide it into three even sections.
- The extension needs to be applied to your parted hair section, which should be divided into three equal sections as well. Braid your hair and the extension hair together for one-half inch. Begin to work in an under braiding motion. Take a few strands of the hair extension and place it in the clip to hold them out of the way as you continue braiding.
- At the desired braid length, keep the middle section of hair out. Use two fingers to pull the right and left sections of the braid into a knot, leaving the middle section to fall through. Reinforce this knot by tying the hair into a second knot.
- Make it as tight as possible so that it holds. Bring the strands that were previously placed into the clip down to blend in with the braided extension. Repeat these steps over the entire head to create tree braids.
These styles have an advantage over hair weaves, in that they tend to have a stronger hold and cannot be observed by most people.