How to seal micro braids

Written by oubria tronshaw | 13/05/2017

Micro braids are a low maintenance hairstyle primarily worn by African-American women. If done correctly, they can last anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks. Micro braids can be worn curly, crinkly or straight and arranged in versatile styles. To prevent unravelling, the tips of micro braids should be sealed. There are a few ways to do this.

Things you need

  • Nail glue

  • Lighter

  • Scissors

The most popular seal used on micro braids is nail glue. This method can be used on human or synthetic hair. Braid the extension at least 2 inches past where your natural hair ends. Seal the tip of the braid with a drop of nail glue. Make sure not to get the glue on your natural hair as this can damage your hair when it is time to undo the braid. Before taking your hair down, simply cut the sealed portion off and take the braid apart from that point.

Singeing the braid tip is also a common form of sealing, although this method should only be used on synthetic hair. Braid the extension at least 2 inches past where your natural hair ends and then use a lighter to gently singe the tip. The synthetic material will melt into a seal.

For those who choose not to use the glue or singeing methods, a third option is available. Braid the hair to the tip and then take a very thin strand from the end of the braid and knot it twice around the tip. Again, this can be damaging if done with your natural hair, so make sure the extension is braided at least 2 inches past where your natural hair ends. This method can be difficult to undo; simplify the process by cutting off the knotted portion before taking your braids out.

Things you need

  • Nail glue
  • Lighter
  • Scissors

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