African Hair Braiding 101: Everything You Need To Know Before You Go

Curly Hair woman with questions

Photo Credit: Izabela Habur

1. Scope out your braiders.

Don’t get caught by the “braiding, miss?” ladies on the street. Word-of-mouth referrals are always best, but it you’re new, look around for shops that are clean and organized. Once you’ve found a shop you’re willing to try, take a quick visit and see whose creations you like best.

Everyone has their own style and specialty. Some are better at single braids than cornrows. Some start Senegalese and Marley twists with braids, while others start the twist from the root. And, everyone starts their weave base differently.

It’s okay to ask questions. If the person who you’re asking doesn’t want to answer, then they’re probably not the right fit for you.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. founder of Sadiaa and editor for