Microbraids Maintenance Tips

Filed under: Caring for Microbraids - 25 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

Microbraids, or simply micros, are some of the most gorgeous types of braids and can be worn in a variety of styles. When maintained properly, they can be worn for up to 3 months at a time and still look amazing. If you are planning on getting microbraids or have already had them done and want to know how to properly take care of them, here are some maintenance tips that will keep your micros in great shape.

Dust the microbraids with dry shampoo if they start looking dirty or greasy. Since dry shampoo is made from cornstarch, it will absorb excess moisture without hurting the braids. In the humid summer months, when people tend to sweat a lot, it is even more important to use a dry shampoo. Just dust on the shampoo and rake through with your fingers, but remember not to brush the braids with a brush or comb.


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Clean your scalp every day. Even though your microbraids will only get dirty or oily infrequently, your scalp will keep on producing oil. This is why it is very important to wash your scalp. In order to do that, you need to tie your braids into a ponytail and massage shampoo around the front of your hair and between the rows of braids. Rinse out and blot dry, being careful not to rub or scrub the braids. Also, you should handle the braids as little as possible if you want to avoid frizzing.


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Get an oil treatment for the bottoms of your microbraids. The bottoms of your braids will get dry from time to time, so applying a light oil will keep them moist. Do that by dabbing oil onto your fingers and gently pinching the ends of your braid. This will keep them looking shiny and healthy. Examples of oils you could use include olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil.


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Remove the braids or have the edges retouched after 2 to 3 months. Going through the braiding process may be daunting, but the microbraids will start to look unkempt, dry and frizzy after wearing them for a couple of months. If you want to remove them, make sure you go to a professional who knows how to take them out and avoid any excess damage to your hair. If not, you could simply go to a skilled hairstylist who can retouch the edges and make your head look healthy and redone in less time.


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By keeping these simple maintenance tips in mind, you will get your microbraids the longest life and the best appearance. Properly caring for your microbraids will make them look great and help you sport this popular look that even celebrities such as Beyonce and Solange Knowles are now showing.

Children Love Microbraids

Filed under: Microbraids - 02 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

When it comes to styling a child’s hair, the best choices are those that require little time and maintenance. After all, kids shouldn’t be expected to sit through long daily styling sessions. Since microbraids can be worn for several weeks at a time, they are a convenient hair styling option for children. They can also add length to the hair with the use of extensions, which makes them fun to wear and experiment with.

Children may or may not have synthetic hair added in for length, according to personal preference. Hair that is highly textured, such as curly or coarse ethnic hair, will last the longest in this style, since the braids are less likely to slip loose.

Here are some styles of microbraids that are appropriate for your kids.

Ponytail


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The ponytail is one of the easiest and lowest maintenance hairstyles for kids. To do a simple ponytail, pull back the braids into one. Careful not to pull the hair too tightly. Either leave ends straight or curl them with a curling iron for a more versatile look. If you want to do two ponytails, then create an even centre part. Secure both sides with an elastic piece. For a side ponytail, gather hair to the side into one at the nape of the neck. For each style, you can add accessories, such as decorative barrettes in your child’s favourite character or flowers.

Bun Style


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The bun style is a quick and versatile do that is appropriate for any occasion. If your child is attending a formal event, create a tight bun at the crown of her head. This is done by gathering the hair into one and securing it with an elastic piece. You can either use decorative pins to create the bun or use something called a doughnut, where the microbraids are wrapped around the circular doughnut and fastened with pins. 

Free Flowing Microbraids


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Once the microbraids have been completed on your child’s hair, the easiest option is to leave the hair free flowing. Keep it straight for everyday and use a curling iron to flip up the ends or create curls for special occasions. You can add colorful barrettes or decorative headbands. This simple style requires low maintenance and is appropriate for casual or formal looks.

All these hair dos are great for your kids. You will have no worries combing and de-tangling the hair. After hair has regrown, you can either re-braid it or try other styles. However, you should make sure that a specialist will be the one braiding your child’s hair.