Braiding Styles for Thinning Black Hair

Overview

Thinning hair can be pretty devastating deal with. Your hair is a sort of ornament, to fix up and show off. Even if you have a serious hair thinning issue, it's OK. The right hairstyle can make the most of what hair you have and make it appear thicker and fuller. Braiding styles work particularly well for thinning black hair, gathering the hair into different sections. This grouping creates the illusion of more volume. Try out one or a few different braiding styles to see for yourself.

Nubian Corkscrews

Nubian corkscrews are a more intricate take on the basic corkscrew hairstyle. This style is sort of a mix between braiding and twisting, with different twisted sections blended together to create the corkscrew effect. Start with two sections of the same size, winding them around separately in the same direction to create twists. Twist them together in the opposite direction -- add as many more sections this way until it's as large as you want -- and secure the ends with an elastic. Repeat this to create more corkscrews around the rest of your head.

Cornrows

Cornrows are one of the most commonly seen braided hairstyles in African-American hair because they keep your hair in place and out of your face. They make an especially ideal choice of braiding for thinning hair because the sections help bulk your hair up. Form the first cornrow -- the wider, the more voluminous a look you create; about an inch wide is average -- and pull a bit of hair out from the top of the section. Divide in two and cross each section over the other. Continue this criss-cross pattern, only add in bits of hair from underneath each section as you go. Secure the ends with an elastic and form the additional cornrows the same way.

Flat Twists

Flat twists are a form of braids that work well to create the illusion of volume in thinning black hair. Very similar to cornrows, the difference is that flat twists are formed tighter so they lay flat against your head, rather than lifting up slightly. Flat twists work whether your hair is natural or relaxed. Create the section for your first twist, then divide the hair into two equal parts. Twist the two sections around each other, incorporating hair into each section from underneath as you make your way toward the back of your head. Keep going until you reach the ends, then secure the twist with an elastic. Repeat to create the desired number of flat twists. Although they lie flat on your head, with multiple flat twists across your head, you still get the illusion of a more voluminous mane.

Braids

Even a regular braided style makes your hair appear thicker and more voluminous. You can add in fewer, thicker braids, or more smaller braids -- also referred to as microbraids -- depending on the desired look. Either way the braids you create add bulk in your hair. Pull out a section of hair to form the first braid. Divide the hair into three even sections and braid down the hair, securing the ends with an elastic. Create additional braids across the rest of your head.

Tips

Regardless of which braiding method you try, it helps to dampen your hair slightly before starting. Especially if your hair is naturally curly or quite frizzy, you'll find it tricky to keep your sections separated and see what you're doing otherwise. You can also add in your own extra touches, such as beads or ribbons, to finish your style.

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