Braids and Weaves for African American Hair

Singer Brandy rocks her signature braided hairstyle.

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African-American women have different hair textures and wear a variety of different hairstyles. Besides styling real relaxed hair or natural hair, African-American women can rock hairstyles with weave extensions and braids. There are many different ways they can rock weave extensions and braids, sometimes together in one hairstyle.

Types of Weaves

Lace front wigs, quick weaves and track extensions provide great hairstyle options no matter the hair length or texture. There are also extension ponytails and buns that are simply pinned to your head for a cute style. Braids, which come from synthetic or human hair, can be styled in a box braid styles, cornrows or simple plaits.

Hairstyles with Weave Extensions

You can sport a wig that is styled in a bob or long wavy curls. You would leave you real hair out around your edges then plait your real hair down and sew in the track extensions. You can curl your extensions. If you buy quality hair like remy human hair, you can curl it with hot curlers. If you buy the wet and wavy remy human hair, all you have to do is wet it for it curl up instantly.

Hairstyles with Braids

The box braid style,which is braids that are braided to form a bob, is a good hairstyle for African-American women. This style is achieved by braiding hair from your roots all the way down to your hair strands' end or shoulder length, whichever is shorter, before burning the ends. You can also wear long, wavy braids to mock the long, wavy curled hairstyle achieved with hair extensions.

Hairstyles with Weave Extensions and Braids

If you like hairstyles with different things going on at once, try some styles with weave extensions and braids. Try an updo with four braids on each side. Back comb the middle part to create an "Amy Winehouse" style hump then add an extension ponytail or bun. You can also braid the front of your hair going backward and add curly extensions to the back.

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