Tree Braiding hairstyles

Tree Braiding hairstyles

Tree braids are a popular African American hairstyle that applies extensions to the hair with small, tight braids, allowing individuals to add length and volume to their current hairstyle. Although the style can be done with most hair types, it works best with the thick, kinky nature of African American hair.

  1. Divide hair into small 1/2 inch or smaller sections along the hairline, and clip into place.
  2. Beginning at the hairline, begin a tight cornrow braid, and then add a small lock of extension hair to the braid.
  3. Braid the real hair and extension together until the extensions are securely attached to the natural hair on the head; the majority of the extension should be unbraided and free flowing.
  4. Repeat this process until all of the hair along the hairline has been braided.

Get a Professional

Tree braiding should be done by a professional hairstylist to ensure the braids are done correctly. Research salons in your area that specialize in African American hair and braiding. Before making an appointment, make sure the salon doesn't just do cornrows, but that they also have experienced professionals to do tree braiding. After finding a stylist, you will have a consultation appointment. During this time, the stylist will talk you through the process, give you a price estimate, and an estimate on how long the braiding will take. On the day of your braiding appointment, be prepared for the process to take at least five hours. This braiding process should never hurt; if you feel as though your braids are too tight, and are causing you pain or discomfort, let your stylist know; tight braids can cause damage to the hair and even hair loss.


When you get the braids, you first have to decide on the type of extensions you want. Your stylist should give you recommendations on extensions, as well as where to buy the hair. No matter what type of extension you choose, purchase at least 24 inches of hair. The hair needs to be this long because it will be halved when braided. Remember that it can also be cut shorter later. There are two types of hair used for hair braiding, synthetic and human hair.

Using Synthetic Hair

You can purchase synthetic hair for use with tree braids. This hair is cheaper than human hair and comes in a variety of textures and colors. However, there are some drawbacks with synthetic hair. Tree braids with synthetic hair will not last as long as those done with human hair and there are also many limitations that some with using synthetic hair, primarily when it comes to styling. Those with synthetic extensions should not heat style their hair with curling or straightening irons. Synthetic extensions may also come out if the hair is styled with extensive braiding or twisting.

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Tree braided hairstyles.

Tree braids are a low-maintenance option that work well with African-American hair, whether it's worn in its natural, unstraightened state or it's worn chemically straightened. Once tree braids are applied, women have a variety of options in styling. Because tree braids are styled with hair extensions, women can easily add length and volume to their look.