Hair Braids for Kids
Braids and cornrows are quite popular among those fascinating fancy hairstyles. Weaving of three strands of hair together in intricate
designs is nothing less than an artwork. Braids offer endless styles and patterns, which look wonderful on children. They last long and there is no need of using chemicals.
It is necessary to wash the braids regularly. A biweekly shampooing is necessary to save the scalp or the hair from damage.
You can choose a particular braiding style depending on your preference and hair type. For example, it is advisable to stay away from mini-micro braids if you have brittle hair. It is necessary to be careful while twisting and turning the braids into different styles, especially if you have a delicate scalp. Remember that braiding tightly can cause damage to the scalp and hair.
Use a good quality synthetic fiber for braiding. Make sure that you do not leave braids in for more than 2 ½ months. Otherwise, it may cause severe breakage by locking up. Avoid heavy and thick shampoos, conditioners and pomades while washing. Use light hair oil for your scalp.
Braiding the hair
You need to be careful in using a conditioner after you wash your braided styles. Better to avoid leave-in conditioners. They soften the hair and
loosen braids. Creamy conditioners are also harmful, as they are hard to wash out. You can use cotton, silk or satin scarf to cover braids. A cotton
scarf would be the best choice if you have oily hair. Cotton absorbs the excess oil in the hair and allows the hair to breathe.
Cornrows or track braids lay against the scalp without any tension. It is one of the healthiest of all braiding styles. You can make cornrows by
a process of braiding and picking up hair along a row. You can use your own hair or artificial hair extensions to design it. The hair to make
cornrows should be approximately 5 cm in for springy African hair and 7 to 8 cm for straight hair. However, you can manage with shorter hair if
you use extensions.
With proper maintenance, cornrows can last from four to six weeks. The hair may lock or matt if you leave them for too long. Keep your hair moisturized and protect it from harmful elements. Cover your hair with a silk or satin scarf while sleeping at night. It is better if you can sleep on an African headrest. Unbraid the cornrows immediately if you find them tight and uncomfortable.
Braiding and Cornrow Videos
Here is a list of hair braiding resources for kids and young adults. Including books, eBooks and DVD that you can purchase online or buy at your local bookstore.
Braid Crazy: Simple Steps for Daring DOS
A braiding book with basic introduction to kid braiding techniques, such as twists, cornrows and braided coils. There are Full-page
color photos and more than 20 styles and techniques, followed by illustrated directions. Suitable for kids in ages 9-12 years.
Its full of cool and fun styles but not practical for everydays lifestyle.
A Book of Braiding and Styles
A book of hairstyles and braids intended for older children and young teens with medium length and long hair. Hair styles ranging from formal
elegance to casual flair. There are more than 30 hair styles including cornrows, french-braid, twists with illustrations and step-by-step
instructions. Suitable for special occations and everyday styles. Many people has found this book useful.
Braids and Bows
Braids and Bows is a book of hair braiding and hair styles for girls up to thirteen years old. Includes complete directions for making your
own barrettes and hair ornaments with the goodies provided. This book is full of instructions showing different kinds of basic styles and
braids for kids.
Braid Your Own Hair
Instructional DVD on how to braid hair. Specializing in working with Caucasian hair. Methods of braiding your own hair are explained and illustrated.
Included are the French technique, Dutch technique, and 5 strand technique with endless style options. Demonstrated and narrated by braiding expert
Beginning Hair Braiding
Specializing in braiding Caucasian hair. Basic concepts of hair braiding explained and illustrated by braiding expert Karen Ribble.
Over 30 styles featured with
complete demonstrations of twelve. Included are French, Dutch, two-stranded herringbone, and 5 strand techniques.