How to Curl Synthetic Braids

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How to Curl Synthetic Braids
The braids should be sectioned to only include a few braids per roller. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Synthetic hair can be used to create various fashionable hair styles that require minimal maintenance while giving women a flattering change in appearance. With proper care, braids can last for up to two months before needing to take out the braids for a retouch. One of the main downsides of using synthetic hair for braiding is that a curling iron or any type of hair tool that uses heat will melt the hair upon contact. Thus, a person must find other ways to curl synthetic braids. Knowing a few simple methods will help you successfully curl synthetic braids.

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Things you need

  • Pot of boiling water
  • Container for dipping braids or bowl
  • Rollers
  • Small towel
  • Large towels

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  1. 1

    Set a pot of water to boil. Be sure to time the boiling water to avoid overheating. Find a container that can hold up under very hot water. Pour the hot water into the safe container , preferably one that is tall in height. A smaller container will make getting splashed with hot water easier and this is something that should be avoided for your safety.

  2. 2

    Take a small number of braids and add a roller to each of the ends of the hair. Using a small amount of braids will give the hair a more pronounced curl and a healthy bounce to it. Use rollers that will not harshly react to the hot water, such as flexi-rod style rollers or the hard plastic rollers. Rolling the hair can take between 15-30 minutes or longer depending on the amount of braids on the head.

  3. 3

    With caution, dip each rolled braid into the container of boiled water and pull it out after it has been immersed in the water for one minute. Have a towel handy to avoid causing yourself to be scalded. Keep a larger towel on the floor to catch the added dripping water. Because the water can cool down fast, it may be handy to repeat the boiling process.

  4. 4

    Wrap the braids in a large towel to absorb all of the excess water.

  5. 5

    Wait until the braids are dry to take out the rollers.

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