Having your hair professionally braided can help keep it more manageable. It can also help you create a signature style that you can turn to, day after day. The first time you have your hair braided, though, you may not know what to ask for or how to described your preferred style to your braider. Learning about these three top types of African hair braids will help you make a more informed decision and talk with your stylist about hair braiding effectively.
If you want a very controlled style and want all of the hair on top of your head to be held firmly in place, then ghana braids are an option to consider. These braids all begin at the front of the head. They start off small, and they grow larger and larger as they continue over the top of your head and then down the back. Similar to cornrows, Ghana braids stay flat against your head. This style works well for people with long hair and with thick hair. It is not great for hiding bald patches, though.
Goddess braids are similar to Ghana braids in that they lay flat against the head and stretch from the forehead to the back of the head. However, goddess braids are much thicker than Ghana braids. They stand out from the head because the braider takes each strand of hair under the braid, rather than over it. Goddess braids also tend to take on a bit of a wavy shape. They are a common choice for those who want to make their head look wider or taller because the braids can be carefully positioned to alter the appearance.
Box braids are quite different from either Ghana braids or goddess braids. A small piece of hair is taken and braided all the way down to the ends. Additional pieces of hair are taken and braided in the same way. When the style is complete, you'll have many small braids that swing freely from the head. Box braids give you more style choices. You can gather them up into a ponytail or a bun. You can toss them to one side over your shoulder. Box braids are also a top choice if you want extensions braided into your hair.
Now that you have a better idea of what types of braids are available to you, it should be easier to discuss these options with your stylist. Enjoy!