by Jessica Cruel of PopSugar
Ever since I was a little girl, Summer was the time my mother would braid my hair. The styles took hours to create, and, of course, I never quite cooperated (which earned me several hand slaps with the comb). However the intricate cornrows would keep my hair untangled through weeks of swimming and day camp. But Summer braids aren’t just reserved for little girls. Many of my friends are still making appointments to get plaits before a big vacation or to take a break from using hot tools for a few months with a protective style. Even Beyoncé and Solange Knowles rock twists when the weather gets warm! From Poetic Justice box braids to Zendaya’s famous faux dreadlocks, I’ve broken down the best braids with extensions for Afro hair this season.
Crochet braids are hard to distinguish between naturally curly or kinky hair. The style is achieved by braiding the hair to the scalp. Then, the extensions are attached to each braid using a crochet needle (with a latch). The weave is then curled with hot water and perm rods. This hair can be cut and styled to look more like Afro hair.
You can often spot yarn braids based on the bright color choices (even though black is definitely an option). Acrylic yarn is used to create this look, and many different styles can be created — twists, braids, or faux dreadlocks.
Senegalese twists are created by wrapping straight synthetic hair (like Kanekalon) around the roots of the natural hair and two-strand twisting to the ends. This style was popularized by in West Africa, hence the name.
Do you plan on trying out any braided hairstyles this summer?