TYPES OF BRAIDS: A LIST OF AFRICAN BRAIDING STYLES – HAIR BRAIDING METHODS Pt 1.

Types of braids – when it comes to find that perfect style for the summer the decision is always made based on how hot the whether is and how easy the hairstyle is or whether it’s protective style or not. Hey, it’s summertime!  At the end of the day, I always gravitate to the all but famous ‘braid styles’.  I love the fact that there are so many types of braids I can rock different time of the hot and messy summer months.

I think sometimes we get confused when we see another woman with a beautiful braided style not knowing if they are regular twists, Senegalese twists, or Marley twists. Even the cornrow styles, there are subtle differences in Ghana braids verses regular cornrows braid styles.  There many differences subtlety between these many types of braids, so I have narrowed down some fabulous braid styles that I know you’ll love and want to rock this summer for sure!

Types of Braids by Popularity

#1. Kinky Twists vs Marley Twistskinky twists vs marley twists hairstyles

Both kinky and Marley twist styles are so gorgeous and really can look very natural to the eye.  A lot of African braiding styles are like this.  But there is a not-so-obvious difference between the two, and it mainly being the type of hair used and the length.  Kinky twists often used a shorter type of braiding hair and the ends of the twists form a more natural curl at the ends.  Marley twists, in the other hands, are thicker, which project a little duller look than the kinky twists, and the ends do not have a curl to them at all. Two of my personal favourite types of braids!

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When looking at the difference of hair for the two twist styles, you may be able to tell right away if you’re a hair expert that, kinky twist hair has a softer looking curl pattern, and the hair is normally shorter.  With Marley hair, it’s more coarse and comes twice as long as far as length concerns.  Both types of braids styles are very natural looking African braiding style and if the person rocking it decide  to go for a shorter braid style, kinky twists are a must try.  But if you she wants a more sultry and long natural and luscious look, Marley twists is the way to go.

 

#2. Cornrows vs Ghana Braids

cornrows vs ghana braidsstyles

Without really analyzing the details of cornrows and experimenting with a few designs I would have never realized how unique and intricate Ghana braids are when wearing this African braiding style with cornrows verses the regular cornrow style my mama and aunt used to do on my hair when during my teenage years.  So in finding these differences, Ghana braids have more of a banana shape to the design, and the braiding techniques are totally unique.

 

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With the Ghana cornrow, you start off braiding your natural hair first and then intertwine the extension hair.  With a basic cornrow style, you start the hair extensions from the root to the ends.  Both braid styles are equally pleasing, but if you want a specific pattern and design, Ghana braids will give you just a little more edge.

#3. Havana Twists vs Senegalese Twists

havana vs senegalese twists

From personal experience,  because I’m literally rocking some Senegalese twists now, I never knew really the difference between Havana twists and Senegalese twists until a few years ago.  In my eyes, they both looked like radiant types of braids styles, but there’s a little bit of uniqueness to the two.  Havana twists are visually thicker, and in length, they are normally halfway down the back or shorter.

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With Senegalese I feel like the hair has more of a sheen to it, the smaller size of the twists and most of the time the hair is worn super long.  With Senegalese twists, you get to wear your hair in more various styles, because the twists are smaller.  When it comes to Havana twists you definitely get variety as well, but more of basic styles usually.

 

#4. Marley Locs/ Yarn Locs

faux locs vs marley vs yarn braids styles

Yes, so there is a huge difference between these two braiding methods.  The stylist did an amazing job of pulling off the look as natural looking locs.  I admire the two different loc styles because they both give off a different loc look.  With the yarn locs that texture really gave off a believable loc look.  One thing about yarn too is the variety of colours you’re able to use, they are endless. With Marley locs, the hair used made the locs look chunkier but gave a little nice sheen to them.  I pleasantly like the two equally, and it is so fun to just try all of them!

 

 

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