Nigerian hairstyles play an important role in the country's fashion. In Nigeria, braids worn worn by men and women in show-business and ordinary people who just want celebrate their roots. to The popularity of this hairstyle is yet to go away and probably never will. Hairdressers continue to come up with new styles or even make the old ones newly popular. In 2017-2018 season Nigerian cornrow hairstyles are very popular.
If you want to be fashionable and try the latest hairstyle in Nigeria, this article will be especially useful for you. The highest peak of popularity of these braids was at the end of 20th century, but since fashion is cyclical, they again took their place of honour among youth hairstyles not only in Africa but also on other continents.
Varieties and features of weaving
The process of creating Nigerian braids can be very tedious but the result is just so worth it, especially when you find the right hairdresser.
The most common option is the classic straight braids (All Back), made from a set of small and equal-in-width strands, that are not too close together. However, you will come across dozens of cornrow styles and your choice mostly depends on your preference and patience since the complicated styles usually take a while to be completed.
Direct or straight braids
For direct braids, the weave should be done according to the principle of the French braid, picking up a new thin strand for each next step. Braids are parallel to each other, but they can go either back from the forehead, or from the central or lateral side.
Geometric Nigerian braids are often done in the same way as straight ones, but the direction of weaving is changed: the braids are at an angle to each other and form a lot of zigzags when you look at the junction. Such weaves are more complicated because they require a soft and uniform bend in each section, so it will be difficult do them yourself.
Big Ghana weaving styles
Sometimes hairdressers make the braids voluminous. Take these big Ghana weaving styles, for example. They are also known as Banana cornrows. Africans started to use them around 500 B.C. Such braids usually implied high social status, ethnicity, religious preferences and even age. They can be seen on sculptures or hieroglyphics. This beautiful style has passed through centuries and still remains fashionable.
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Also, we need to add that most of these fashionable Nigerian braids are often done using hair attachments. If you choose the right colours or combination of colours, you will end up with a pretty unique look. Also, when you use attachments, the hairstyle lasts longer so you can enjoy it for weeks.
These braids are also great for our climate since the weather here is usually quite hot. It does not tickle or bother your face, and when it does, you can easily pack it together.
What does classic braid process look like?
It's very simple to do braids. Let's talk about the popular All Back hairstyle:
1. First off, you need to have a comb with a thin handle (it's convenient to divide strands). Make sure your hair is very well washed and dried.
2. Divide hair into sections by creating vertical cuts from the edge line of growth at the forehead to the back of the head. Their approximate number of cornrows could be about 16-20, but this depends on your preference and hair density.
3. If you want to do the braids without attachment, start at top and begin the braiding. At each step, add a few strands of hair from underneath. Continue the process until you reach the back of your head.
4. For attachment braids, the extension can be added right at the moment you begin the braiding or even close to the centre.
The braiding process can take between 2 to 3 hours depending on style and your expertise (or that of your stylist.)
Recommendations for braids
1. Braids are one of the most longer-lasting Nigerian hairstyles. If you take care of them well, you can wear them for about a month or even two.
2. If you plan to leave your braids on for a while, it is important to keep them clean. Wash them thoroughly and make sure they are well-dried. If you cannot do this yourself, ask a friend to help or even visit a salon.
3. To keep it looking clean, avoid products that are too oily or fatty. Use simple hair creams every once in a while.
4. Washing with shampoo is allowed but you can skip the conditioner.
Due to the nature of braids, when you wear them, your natural hair do not get the nutrition and moisture it needs to thrive. So, after taking out your braids, make sure you take care of your hair and avoid doing another braid immediately. Let your hair rest and recover for a while.
Finally, you should know that braids have the tendency of increasing the chances of hair removal. If you have problems with this, you might want to stay away from braids or work with your stylist to figure out what styles will cause less damage to your hair.
If all is well with the health of your hair, then by all means, have some fun with braids. Experiment with colours and style and rock that African look with the perfect hair and makeup.
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