How To Make Micro Braids – Step by Step Guide

As the name suggests, these micro braids are very tiny braids that are made all over the head covering all hair. These braids are very stylish and popular amongst people with extremely curly hair. African women usually prefer these braids and rock them. But, people with any hair type can try these as this hairstyle looks good on anybody who knows how to wear it well.

People often try various hairstyles but specifically turn down this one as they think it may be too hard. Well, it is not very hard to make. It does require a helping hand and might even take hours to make. But, your effort for a few hours can give you a stylish hairstyle for months! Yes, this hairstyle can last for months and is not high maintenance. Although, this hairstyle is not suited for people having dry hair as it can cause damages. It is recommended that the hair is thoroughly nourished, conditioned before recreating micro braids. When it comes to caring for the braids, while shampooing makes sure that you massage your scalp and braids very gently, also, make sure that you keep the hair moisturized directly by using a leave-in conditioner. For indirect hydration, drink enough water. It is not necessary to wear micro braids by making straight sections. You can be as creative with it as you want. Micro braids are also worn by starting sectioning from the side of your head. Other than that, making swirly micro braids are also very popular and give out a very fashionable look.

How To Make Micro Braids

Supply You Will Need To Make Micro Braids

  • Brush (To detangle your hair and make sure that your hair is left frizz-free)
  • Comb (To make partitions and make sure that the hair looks neat)
  • Scissors (To cut off any dead-ends at the end of the braid if you feel so. This will give a more neat look)
  • Hair gel (To make sure your hair stays in place and a shabby look is not achieved)
  • Hair elastics (To secure the ends of the braid, so they do not open up and last as long as you like)

Detailed Steps To Make Micro Braids

  1. Wash your hair properly. Make sure to keep the roots clean and get rid of frizz, if any.
  2. Moisturize your hair thoroughly with a leave-in conditioner.
  3. Brush gently your hair to make sure there are no knots, hence making it easier to braid.
  4. Grab a comb and start to section your hair in ¼ inch.
  5. Pin the rest of your hair out of the way, leaving a little hair.
  6. Start braiding the ¼ inch section all the way till the end in a simple three-section braid.
  7. From the hair left at the sides, take another section of ¼ inch.
  8. Repeat braiding in the new section.
  9. At the end of the braid, make sure to secure with a clear elastic or the hair tie of your choice.
  10. Continue the same process until you cover your whole head.
  11. Keep securing all braids as you go through.
  12. Make sure that the sections are even, and the lines are straight for even look.
  13. You can also go creative by partitioning the hair in different ways.
  14. You can also add clips or bandanas for a more fancy look.
  15. You can also take all micro braids and make them in a pony.

Different types of micro braids

  1. Scalp micro braids- If you are afraid of committing to the whole braided head, you should definitely go for this one.
  2. The updo- Micro braids reinvented with an updo. What a fantastic idea for the scorching heat and sweaty summer days.
  3. Middle parting- This works wonderfully, especially if you have really long hair. You are going to rock this look effortlessly totally.
  4. Halfway there- If you want to try something unique, then go for this look. It involves braiding only the upper section of your hair and leaving the lower part as it is.
  5. Accessorize it up- If you like to try different things, you can include pretty little hair accessories. Either get some beautiful blonde, ashy highlights or use beads, summers hats to level up the game.

How To Wash Micro Braids?

It is no doubt that micro braids are one of the most beautiful and elegant braiding hairstyles. Their intricate designs and patterns make them pleasing to our eyes, but they can be equally tricky to wash.

  1. Use any normal deep cleansing shampoo to remove the product build-up on your scalp and gently massage it, especially around braids. Avoid rubbing them together to prevent them from damage and frizziness.
  2. Dilute your hair conditioner before applying, cover your braids with a shower cap, and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse the conditioner thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  3. Use any regular cotton towel to dab off extra water and moisture from your hair that can make them weak and cause excessive hair fall. After partially drying them, use a deep nourishing leave-in conditioner or your favorite hair serum to retain the health of your natural hair.
  4. Many hair specialists advise not to use direct heat and let your braids air-dry. However, if you are in a hurry, then the hooded dryer is a good option.

Bonus tips:

  • If you ever feel like the normal hair cleaners are not effective in removing the product build-up on your scalp, then you can try this out. Use 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts of water and rinse your hair with this diluted solution. Many people have noticed a difference from the first wash that proves the authenticity of this trick. At last, rinse your hair with normal water to thoroughly clean your hair.
  • Use a satin pillow cover or silk scarf to reduce friction while sleeping and prevent possible damage.
  • Always dilute your shampoo and conditioner before applying on to your scalp.

Make sure to get your edges done after every 3 weeks to maintain this classy look for a longer duration.

What kind of hair should be used for micro braids?

Micro braids do best with Russian Human Hair as it is of good quality. Other hair will also do well if it is moisturized enough.

How long can micro braids last?

Micro braids are made with a motive of making them last longer. But, along with that, proper care should be given as well. Usually, micro braids last for two months. If given proper care, they can last three months.

Is sleeping with wet micro braids okay?

No, it is highly recommended not to sleep with wet micro braids. It can cause damage and breakage. Thus make sure your hair is dry before sleeping.