The Goddess Braids that we commonly see today trace all the way back to times in African history when many women wore their Hair in cornrows. Now this widely popular protective style, especially when done long with an addition of color, can brings a whole new dimension to your style.
This braided style is a piece of artwork in itself, which we were able to witness as hairstylist Kimberly Edwards-Daniel of the Kim Eds salon demonstrated the technique to us. Kim tells us that these types of braided styles make a great option for women who want to give their hair a break and protect it from any external damage.
We know deciding which braided style to do might make you a bit weary. I mean, when it comes to braids, you run the risk of either looking like your teenage self again. Or you might just discover your inner diva that you didn’t realize existed all along. This goddess braid might just bring you a change of heart and we have answers to many of your questions to help you decide whether or not this look is for you.
Who can wear the goddess braids?
Women of all hair types can get this amazing look. Ideally women should have at least four inches in hair length. Ladies, don’t get too worried if your hair is shorter; it doesn’t mean that you could never achieve this look with your hair length. Four inches is simply the length that is easier on your stylist and would last longer since it results in less flyaways.
How should you prep your hair?
All protective braid styles should be done on freshly washed hair. If your hair is mostly dry then it’s prone to breakage as it would lose moisture easily. Hair stylist Kimberly Edwards showed us how easy it is to prep the hair for braiding using the Garnier Fructis Whole Foods shampoo, conditioner and hair oil. Chances are you’d leave the braided style in for a week or 2, even longer if the braids are done in a smaller size, therefore you really want to ensure your scalp is clean to minimize any itchy feeling. Additionally, for naturals, hairstylists tend to blow out the hair to accomplish a sleek finish because we know those curls and kinks can be stubborn. If you’re uncomfortable with the stylist washing and applying heat to your natural hair of course you can prep it yourself before following your regular routine.
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