There are so endless amount of protective hairstyles you can choose from and micro braids are one of them. Micro braids have been popular and trending for years. They are made by having a bunch of braids, which are merged together that cover your whole head. This protective style is easy to maintain and is low maintenance. The braids look gorgeous and are very stylish once they’re done but can take several hours to finish. Also, they are very versatile so you can change your style on a daily basis.
Things You Need to Know Before Getting Micro Braids
Before you get started, ensure your hair is long enough, healthy and can cope with the micro braids as they can damage thin and weak hair. Then get yourself comfortable and have a friend by your side to help you. Having micro braids will definitely benefit you, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. Once you have your braids installed, they can last for months. We suggest you take your braids out every two-three months so your natural hair can breathe and settle. You could say this is like your hairs recovery time. This is also good for you because then you can restyle your hair or braid them differently. Leaving your braids in for longer than three months, can cause damage to your hair by making it thin and then it will start to break.
To maintain your braids, ensure you use a conditioner to keep them moisturized and fresh. Don’t use a heavy condition as they can cause build-up in the hair, resulting in a dry scalp. Use a spray or an oil formula so you can target areas more specifically and you can control the amount you apply better. Drink plenty of water too, as this will help your hair to look fantastic. Before you go to bed, you can protect your braids by wearing a scarf. This will help keep them tidy and neat.
We have come up with 61 beautiful micro braids styles you can have. Enjoy!
1. Stunning Micro Braids Updo
Once you have your gorgeous braids, try this updo hairstyle. As you can see, micro braids also look beautiful when gathered into an elegant updo. If you decide on having micro braids, prepare your hair beforehand. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hair and use a conditioner afterwards. Remember, when you have braids, you won’t be able to clean as intense as you can now. Ensure you have everything by your side so you don’t have to move in the process. Also, make sure you have enough hair! There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through and realising that you have run out. Use a comb to detangle your hair so it’s easier and quicker to braid. You want to make the process as simple as possible without any problems in between.
As mentioned, make sure you do take your braids out every two – three months or so, and when you do decide to braid your hair again, try a different style. This will help your hair and head by not causing stress and tension in one area over time.
2. Cute Style for Summer
Summer is coming so you need to think about what hairstyle you can have to stand out. This cute style for summer will definitely get heads turning. Separate your hair into two sections then braid and loop around. Secure everything with bobby pins.
3. Gabrielle Union’s Micro Braids
Gabrielle Union looks so beautiful, right? Check out her hairstyle – these micro braids look amazing. She is rocking her braids so you can too.
4. 7 Different Ways to Style Your Micro Braids
The styling doesn’t stop after you’ve got your micro braids, this is when the fun begins! There are so many different styles you can do with your braids. Check out these 7 different ideas. Hair up, hair down, even a braid for your micro braids, how cool is that? They all look fabulous!
5. Simple, Black Braids
You have sat for hours on end whilst you and your friend (or hairdresser) create a masterpiece with your hair. You can at least enjoy the finished result without doing anything more to your hair. It’s a classic look and looks flawless.
6. Micro Braids + Shaved Side
Shaving your hair may seem scary at first and not many people dare to do it, but this style looks incredible. It might just sway you towards the shavers. Toss your hair to one side to show off your unique shaven side, and when you get bored, just toss it back into a centre parting! If you’re still unsure, you can always shave a tiny section, smaller than the photo and see what you think.
7. Burgundy Micro Twists
Try these burgundy micro twists to show off your character and style. This style is so sexy! Release your inner fashionista and go for a lovely warm tone for your braids.
8. Micro Braids Mohawk Style
Go for the rocker Mohawk style by creating a gorgeous girly braid version. This works so well with shaven sides and an electrifying colour such as red or auburn. The shaven sides will help you pin back the main braid. Essentially, it’s a main braid made from your tiny micro braids and styled into a Mohawk. Work from the back and pin your main braid to the back of your hair. Rock your Mohawk with style.
9. Micro Braids & Gorgeous Curls
There are no rules when it comes to braiding your hair. You don’t have to braid your entire head but majority of people do, so why don’t you think outside the box and just braid the front section. If you have no patience, this is probably the best option for you. Then you don’t have to sit down for hours. You can then create your own unique micro braid style with your natural curls.