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Does anyone know anything about mixed race hair & braids?

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Katymac Sat 14-May-16 18:07:41

DD is considering having her hair braided for the summer

She has been told her shoulder length hair is quite short & she will need extensions- is that true?

Also how does she care for it (assuming it will be in for a while as it costs a bomb!)?

Is there anything else we need to think about before she books it?

DoYouLikeBirds Sat 14-May-16 18:23:28

There's not one type of 'mixed race' hair, so I'm assuming you mean Afro hair, or a slightly looser texture. What type of braids is she getting? Cornrows or individual plaits?

Shoulder length isn't too short, but extensions will usually be added in to bulk the hair out, increase length and longevity of the style, and it helps with styling them (wearing a bun, or a ponytail, half up, half down etc)

Keeping them neat varies. You wouldn't typically wash your hair once they're in, to preserve you can buy sprays specifically designed for braids (found in Afro-Caribbean hair shops) to keep the hair moisturised, and some people wear a scarf or a bonnet to sleep (I never have). I re-do mine about every 4 weeks.

Katymac Sat 14-May-16 18:30:43

Thanks Doyoulikebirds - there are some photos on my profile - but yes it is a looser afro I guess

It's very hard work - I always assumed braids/plaits will shorten her hair - but when it's wet it is almost twice as long so I don't know how that will work grin

DoYouLikeBirds Sat 14-May-16 19:09:09

Ok I took a look, she has beautiful hair! Braids are usually seen as a protective style, so I'm guessing as in my previous post they want to add extensions just to keep the hair neater while it's in braids and to increase the length and volume. It's a optional thing, she doesn't have to have any hair added in, her hair is a pretty good length as it is - but it wouldn't stay neat for as long without.

My main tips are really to avoid getting her hair wet, make sure they are not too tight and pulling on her scalp, avoid scratching her head, and a good stylist should be able to recommend hair products to use to keep them neat. As said in my earlier post, you can buy 'braid sheen sprays' to keep the hair moisturised or alternatively use a leave in conditioner spray.

Katymac Sat 14-May-16 19:22:16

I think she was hoping to be able to go swimming more - but that might be a no-no

Thanks for the compliment - it take a lot of work to get it looking nice; she exercises a lot and is very physical so sweats & keeping her scalp clean is hard

She really needed hair like mine for her career wink but I think she'll do OK despite it

She wanted it in braids for her exams but she has a show straight after so she'd have to take it out for the show & then wants them back in again but I've said it would cost too much

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