Afro-style braids have long ceased to be an attribute of a summer vacation - now they are made at any time and for no reason. We share instructions on how to weave African braids, and at the same time we will tell you what types of weaving are and who suits such hairstyles

What are African braids?

These are dense and tight braids based on two or three strands. African braids, or braids, can be woven not only from natural strands, but also with the addition of artificial colored hair.

Sometimes, other hairstyles are made from ready-made Afro-braids, such as buns or thicker braids.

Pros and cons of African braids

If you are wondering whether to try on such an extravagant and bold hairstyle as African braids, we advise you to weigh all the pros and cons.

Let's start with the arguments in favor of Afrokos.

  • African braided hair looks visually thicker.
  • With this weave, you can add length to your hair.
  • African braids perfectly tame naughty and too fluffy hair.
  • You can wash your hair less often (every 4-5 days).
  • African braids do not require styling and use of styling products.
  • The variety of materials for weaving allows you to make braids bright and unusual.

But Afrokos also has disadvantages.

  • This hairstyle is categorically not recommended for damaged and weakened hair. If there are problems with the scalp (for example, dandruff), afro braids will also not add aesthetics to the image.
  • Pigtails need to be twisted quite often (as the hair grows back).
  • African braids can cause headaches if they are made too tight or if a lot of extra material is used to make them heavier.
  • This hairstyle is most likely not suitable for girls who are limited by a strict dress code at work.

Types of African braids

African braids can vary in weaving technique and thickness. Different categories of braids use different additional materials. We analyze what types of afrokos are.


Kanekalon is an artificial material that imitates natural hair. With it, it is easy to adjust the thickness of the braids and their structure.

Kanekalon is used to create bright colored hairstyles.


Their peculiarity lies in the fact that they are woven along the perimeter of the head and often start right from the hairline. French braids completely open the face, so they are especially suitable for those who have a low forehead.


Zizi are ready-made colored artificial braids that are woven into natural hair.

Zizi allows you to try on African braids for both short and long hair.


Senegalese braids have one important feature: they are woven from two strands.

It turns out very neat and beautiful flagella.


Thick African braids look very impressive, especially if you weave colored kanekalon into your hair.

However, thick braids lose their appearance faster, their “service life” is much shorter than that of thin Afro braids.


Noodle braids suit young creative girls.

African pleated braids are made from zigzag colored or plain strands.

How to braid African braids yourself at home?

To properly braid African braids at home, you first need to prepare the necessary tools:

  1. massage comb-brush;

  2. comb with sparsely set teeth;

  3. elastic bands and clips to secure strands;

  4. artificial material for weaving.

The most important thing to stock up on is patience and time. And even better - with a pair of friendly hands, since not everyone is capable of weaving neat pigtails on the back of her head.

So, if everything is at hand, you can proceed to the procedure itself. Follow our step by step instructions for weaving classic afro braids.

  1. Comb your hair thoroughly and divide it with two partings into three zones for weaving. Secure each with a hair clip.

  2. Separate one strand with a horizontal parting and start braiding. If you use kanekalon or other artificial materials, then weave them into your hair right from the roots.

  3. In this pattern, braid African braids all over your head. Remember that the pigtails must be tight enough - otherwise they will quickly unravel.

  4. Styling products will help make pigtails smoother. Use lacquer or fixative spray as needed.

Such braids, braided at home, will last for several days.

Some varieties of African braids cannot be made by hand. For example, to get chic Senegalese braids, you need a special machine and experience in using it.

How to style Afro braids?

Laying African braids is both a creative and very responsible task. If there are artificial materials in the braids, then it is better not to use styling products: they can spoil the result.

But there are products that can extend the life of African braids. These products are applied to the hair before braiding.

  • Smoothing formulas will make hair more manageable and allow you to braid neat, smooth braids. Suitable, for example, serum Liss Control + from L'Oréal Professionnel. Work it through dry hair just before braiding.
  • L'Oréal Professionnel Savage Panache Dry Spray will help remove excess sebum from the scalp and make fine hair more voluminous and dense.
  • Fixes the pigtails with Control Addict 28 spray from Redken. Recall that fixing sprays are applied only to pigtails from one's own hair, without extraneous inclusions.

Afro braids photo ideas based on original hair length

How to weave African braids on hair of different lengths?

Short hair

African braids are good because they allow you to significantly add length and volume to short hair. Weaving afro braids is quite possible, even if the length of the hair does not exceed 3-5 centimeters.

Medium length, quads

This length is already easy to experiment with: you can use different additional materials and provide significant resistance to weaving.

Long hair

If you have long and thick hair, it is better to weave braids in professional salons in several hands. At home, weaving African braids is very difficult and very long.

Trend shades of African braids

Do you think that colored afro braids look childishly frivolous? We are ready to object: such a hairstyle looks quite impressive and relevant in an adult way. And our words will be confirmed by a selection of the most trendy shades.


We recommend white afro braids for girls with dark hair and swarthy skin - you get a winning contrast.


This color can be safely tried by girls with any shade of hair - a stylish result is guaranteed.


Purple gamma rhymes perfectly with blond and light brown palette.


Pink afros should be tried on by blondes - it will turn out very gently.


Black hair with blue African braids looks bright and daring in a good way.

For blond and ashy hair, it is better to avoid blue shades, otherwise the natural color risks being lost against such a background.


Colorful Afro braids are the best solution for those who can't decide on one shade. And yet we recommend to combine no more than two colors in everyday life.

Trendy hairstyles with Afro braids for girls

What hairstyles can be made from Afro braids? Take a look at the trendiest options.

High ponytail

If you collect long pigtails at the back of your head in a ponytail, you get a comfortable hairstyle for every day.


One or two buns are a great solution for active sports.

Afro braids

Why not make a big braid out of small African braids? A comfortable and interesting hairstyle that can become an expressive accent in an image for going out.

African braids for men

For men, afro braids have also become a stylish solution. What pigtails are suitable for the stronger sex, see our selection.


Convenient and practical option. It is especially good for men with naughty and naturally curly hair.


Thick afro braids are part of the unusual image of a man.

Zizi braids

Men who prefer a youthful style choose colored long African braids.

Classic afro tails

Classic African braids in a high ponytail look spectacular.

Afrokos care products

To keep your beautiful African braids looking their best for as long as possible, they need special care.

Let's discuss a list of products that will help with care.

  • Let's start, of course, with shampoo. It is applied only to the scalp with patting movements, then washed off. Try Garnier's Tea Tree Toning Shampoo.
  • If the ends of the hair lack moisture and nutrition, you need to add oil - for example, "Extraordinary" from L'Oréal Paris.
  • Don't give up on leave-in sprays that add shine to your hair and protect it from the harmful effects of negative environmental factors. Matrix Lamellar Water is optimal for the care of African braids, as it has a light texture and does not weigh down the hair.

Making African braids: stylist tips

Is it possible to weave African braids at home without experience?

Those who are masters of Afro braids today also once did it for the first time. However, for debutants who decide to braid afro braids at home for the first time, we advise you to choose the classic version without artificial materials.

How to undo African braids at home?

If there is no way to visit the salon, then you can undo the braids at home.

To do this, divide your hair into several parts, carefully remove the elastic bands and methodically and without haste unwind each pigtail in turn. Then brush your hair with a massage brush, starting from the ends.

Be prepared for the fact that this process will take a lot of time - it is more convenient to unwind all the pigtails in several approaches.

How long can you wear African braids?

Brading masters do not recommend wearing braids for more than 3 months. The fact is that during this time the hair at the roots has time to grow decently and the hairstyle looks sloppy. Not to mention the fact that the scalp also needs care and respite.