Planning To Wear Mini Braids? Here Are 9 Pros and Cons Of This Versatile Style

mini braids 1They are an extremely low manipulation style

So as I’ve probably mentioned once (or maybe two or three) times , mini braids are an excellent low manipulation hairstyle. Mini braids are a very get up and go hairstyle.

Just wake up, fluff, maybe add a hair accessory and keep it moving. And as many of us know, this comes in handy during busy mornings or days that you just want to chill in the house and not have to work up early to remove braids or bantu knots for an out style.

Cons

It can take forever to install them

So one of the biggest cons when it comes to mini braids is that they can take forever to put in. Personally for me because I do them so often, they take me no more than 5 hours to install. But this can highly vary on your hair density, heir length, and how small you make your braids.

I have heard the time that it takes to install these babies range from 3 hours to 12 hours (Jeesh!). With this said, if you are not a patient person or do not like to spend no more than 2 hours doing your hair then mini braids may not be the hairstyle for you.


Can take forever to remove them

So if you have experienced the joys of putting in mini braids then you must have had a bounty full of joy when taking them out. NOT! I will be the first to say that mini braids are an absolute pain to take out. AN. ABSOLUTE. PAIN.

While I do love them, you will definitely need a movie and some snacks. I’ve heard many women say that taking them out can take just as long as putting them in, sometimes even longer.

This is no lie but I do have to say that the benefits that you can get from rocking mini braids can out weigh the taking down process.

There is no volume to be found

Last but not least, if you like rocking big hair mini braids may not be the style for you. Unlike styles such as mini twists, there is no volume.. at all, unless you happen to be blessed with super dense hair.

This is due to the minimal shrinkage that mini braids have. Basically the less shrinkage a style has, the more volume your hair loses. UNLESS you are rocking a nice blow out, then things are entirely different!

Would you ever try mini braids?

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About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

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Latoya Aaliyah Small

Never again! Did twice took 4 days at the time I had like 12 inches of hair super thick. The takedown was even worse took almost a week! Only pros was they last long time because I wore them 2 months and they last through washes…I washed normally once a week no issues and my hair grew fast in these but now with 16 inches of hair Lord no! Lol

Letitia Skelton

I’ve worn zillions on/off for years. Never lost any hair. I remove my own braids moisturizer and condition my scalp regularly. I only use 100% quality human hair.

Sandra Morris

I don’t like it this small

Lillianna Saraceno

Pros and cons? You mean the fact it takes hours to put in or take out isnt enough to know?

Renèe Izzard

These can be the beginning of braidlocs