African Single Braid Styles

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African Single Braid Styles
Single Braid (braid image by Allyson Ricketts from

African single-braid styles are popular because of their low maintenance and upkeep. Single-braid styles allow for a different look without damaging or permanently altering your hairstyle.


Three sections of hair are woven together to form a single braid. The hair can be plaited in sections or as one single braid on the top, back or side of the head.


Cornrows are braided very close to the scalp. The hair can be braided straight back or in a pattern to create a unique style.

Micro Braids

Hair is plaited in individual braids and fake hair is added to give the style length. Micro braids are very small and require a lot of time to complete. In salons more than one person will work on your hair to reduce the wait time.

French Braid

Three sections of the hair beginning at the top of the head are taken and locked close to the head. French braids can be done overhanded or underhanded. The end of the hair is folded under and pinned or a hair clip should be added to hold the braid together.


Moisturise with hair oil or oil sheen to make sure the hair doesn’t dry up or become brittle. Use a satin scarf or bonnet at night to help the style stay intact.

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