Tree Braids


 Tree braids are a natural type of hairstyle and hair extension. It is a way to use cornrow braiding to add hair extensions. In this method a series of knots or braids are used to hold the hair extensions in place while the natural hair is protected underneath the cornrows. While the other types of hair extensions require chemicals and heating, tree braids do not and add length and volume to the hair naturally.

 Tree braids is thus a technique of extension of hair which gives a woman the best of both options – cornrowing the natural hair while applying commercial hair extensions. Tree braids are a very safe and protective hairstyle and gives a very lush, full and beautiful look. Tree braids can be worn in various styles. 

They can be parted wherever you like and can be tied in pony or buns or can be worn loose. Tree braids cover and hide your cornrows almost completely. Cornrow braiding is done with real natural hair thus protecting them. Tree braids also give the hair a more natural look than many other types of braids.

Tree braids are a natural type of hairstyle and hair extension. It is a way to use cornrow braiding to add hair extensions. In this method a series of knots or braids are used to hold the hair extensions in place while the natural hair is protected underneath the cornrows

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Types of Tree Braids

There are various types of tree braids that can be done depending up the type and texture of hair they are being made on. These are as follows:

Curly Tree Braids Hairstyle

These tree braids can be done easily in curly hair and give a curly look to your hair. In this style it is important to inter connect the braids in such a way that most of the hair gives a curly look. This is one of the best looks for braided hairstyles with a lot of volume. This is especially suitable for women with long faces.

Straight Tree Braids Hair Style

Straight tree braids are simply tree braids made with straight hair. In thus style only the front portion of the hair is usually corn rowed, leaving the rest of the hair open and straight. This style is done with straight natural hair and straight hair extensions.

Wet and Wavy Tree Braids

Here wet hair is styled in such a way so as to form braids with only the upper part of the hair and most of the hair remains open. Here though the braids look like micro braids, they form perfect tree braids. The open part of the hair form natural curls or waves, making this hairstyle stylish and unique.

Cornrow Tree Braids Hairstyles

These are also called Lines tree braids as it uses the cornrows or lines as the base. This type of tree braiding hairstyle is one of the most stylish hairstyles. Here the hair is first designed to look like cornrows. 

The braids are styles in such a way so as to remain on the sides and the rest of the hair to fall on the sides and the back, leaving only the front part of the hair to be braided. These are also very simple to remove as you simply need to undo the cornrows.

Individual Tree Braids Hairstyles

Very simply put the individual tree braids are those which are not cornrowed on to the scalp. These are in fact just same as micro braids but are just smaller. Individual tree braids are a good option when you are not looking at taking them out for a good while.

Brazilian Tree Braids

Brazilian tree braids are made with Virgin or Remy Brazilian hair. Brazilian hair is very dense and thus makes for good braiding. These are made using Brazilian extensions.

How to do Tree braids

Tree braids can be either individual tree braids or cornrow tree braids.

It is recommended to practice braiding before you start making your tree braids. It is also important to choose the most suitable type of hair extensions available depending upon the look you want to achieve. 

Usually the length of the extensions you choose should be twice the length of the hairstyle you want as the extensions are folded in half when applied for tree braids.

  • Begin by washing your hair and drying them slightly. Do not dry the hair fully as making tree braids with slightly wet or damp hair is easier.
  • Brush and detangle your hair properly.
  • Then begin braiding your hair. Begin by sectioning off a portion of your hair which is about one and a half inch wide. Take the first section from the hair closest to your ear. Work from the front to the back of your head.
  • Put one small piece from the front of the first section you are working with. These pieces need to be the same size as cornrow braids you would make.
  • Take a small bunch of hair extensions and place the middle of it in front of the section you are working with. Fold the extension in half with the middle point being the point of attachment to the scalp.
  • Then begin braiding the three sections of the hair. Braid the piece of the extension with your natural hair that you sectioned. Combine the natural hair with the extensions, making three equal pieces. Then fold all the three pieces over the top i.e. do a full rotation of braiding.
  • Next, pull one section of the extensions out of the braid, pulling it away from the line of the braid. Make sure that you pull away on the sections of the extensions and not your natural hair.
  • Add another section of extension but do another full rotation of braiding before the same. Keep on adding extensions in this manner and braiding till you have reached your desired length. Continue braiding like this until you have passed the endpoint of your natural hair and are working only with hair extensions.
  • Finish by securing the braid with a knot. The end of each line of braid needs to be finished. Allowing the middle section of the braid to fall through, use the other two sections of the braid to tie a knot. Avoid tying the braid until you have reached the ends of your natural hair as tying a knot in your real natural hair can be damaging to your natural hair.
  • Keep repeating the above steps with small sections of hair until your entire head is covered with tree braids.

How to Maintain Tree braids

With the right care and maintenance, tree braids can last up to two to three months.

  • Cut and style your hair regularly as required. Once you have put in the extensions in your hair, the hair can be cut so as to give the best volume and body to the hair. You can cut your hair as usual but remember to comb away from the completed braids at the scalp.
  • Protect your hair at night by putting them up simply into a ponytail or into several buns or braids. Then cover your hair with a cap or a scarf while sleeping. This will minimize the risk of frizziness in your hair as well as the risk of the hair extensions being pulled away.
  • Use conditioner and detangler every few days. This will not only make your hair tangle free but will also keep them healthy, shiny and clean.
  • Apply oil on your scalp, especially in the front. This will keep you scalp healthy and promote the growth of your natural hair. It will also help you avoid a dry and itchy scalp.
  • Be gentle while brushing your hair so that the hair extensions are not pulled out due to vigorous combing and brushing. Whenever possible, simply use your fingers to detangle and comb your hair. Otherwise use a wide-toothed comb to detangle and comb the hair.
  • Retighten your braids whenever you feel there is a loose or out of shape row.
  • Re-do your braids every six to eight weeks.

How to Remove Tree Braids

Removing tree braids is as simple as removing cornrows. You simply need to undo the braid. Begin at the ends of the braids at the back of your head. Simply undo the braids and remove the extensions as you go. 

This process of removing the tree braids is easy and painless, although it can be a little time consuming. Once all the braids are removed and out, spray the hair with water and conditioner mix and comb the hair gently staring from the ends, working your way up to the scalp. Comb the hair carefully and in small sections.