Mini Braid Care
Mini braids differ from mini twists in the fact that you can take care of them pretty much the same way you would with your own loose hair sans the combs and brushes.
I have personally installed mini braids at least once a year in the last 3 years of my hair journey and I absolutely love them! I have generally found that I can do most anything with this easy style, from rollersetting, to curly do’s and even pretty updo’s. I have also been known to do henna’s while in mini braids (and no, I rinse thoroughly so I never get any bits stuck in my hair)!
Washing and conditioning them weekly is easy as pie and because there are no synthetic extensions* to think of, I find that I am also able to use a little oil on the ends of my hair to seal without the risk of causing build up.
Did I mention that they allow your hair to grow like a weed? Well they do! In among all the styles that you try with these little braids, your hair will remain well looked after all the while avoiding the combing and styling manipulation that so often causes more breakage than your growth can keep up with.
Mini braids are also an excellent style for swimming and beach vacations. Along with all the standard protection that you give you hair while swimming (suitable shampoo & pre-conditioning your hair), mini braids allow you to let your natural hair hang loose without worrying too much about having to retwist or rebraid it every evening. A vacation for both you and your hair! What’s not to like?
As with twists, install them on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair. You may want to use a protein conditioner before installing to strengthen your strands before they endure the manipulation of braiding. Also do not leave the mini braids in for more than 8 weeks otherwise you risk matting and breakage during take down of the style.
Here’s a really good tutorial from jazzybee445 on how to install mini braids: