Delicate, feminine, and very easy to maintain (yet not as easy to make) — micro braids are perfect for those who’re looking for a protective hairstyle. Here you’ll find a lot of awesome examples of micro braids that will suit every African American woman!
Micro braids came here from Africa, just like the absolute majority of the braiding hairstyles. However, they don’t look old fashioned — all in all, the modern micro braids are inspired by their ancient ancestors, but they don’t copy them. In other words, don’t worry about the trends: micro braids are a very good choice for all women who want to keep up with the latest hair fashion.
Micro braids are easy to maintain, that’s a fact. However, the process of braiding can take up to 12 hours (!), so it’s definitely not the easiest type of braids. The good thing is: micro braids last up to 3 months, and it’s really cool for those who want to save both time and money.
All in all, it’s only up to you to choose whether you need them or not. Continue reading and we’ll show you the awesome examples of how cool can such hairstyles look — we bet that you will say “yes” to micro braids after reading the whole article!
P.S. Several tips are included, too. We hope they’ll help you get a superb braids experience.
Pictures of long straight micro braids hairstyles
There are two great things about long straight braids. The first one is that with them, you can get that natural look (lots of small braids will most likely look like natural long hair). The second cool thing is that you can do almost everything you like with ’em – from simple and feminine long styles to something more sophisticated, like an updo.
Here we’ve collected four images of straight micro braids that will work perfect for every African American lady with long hair. Or with short hair, it doesn’t matter — the extensions will give you the length you need.
Tip #1. You’ve probably heard that micro braids can be bad for your hair, right? That’s true. They can thin out your hair and lead to hair damage, but only if they are not installed properly. Too tight is not good, just like with all the other types of braids.
Micro braids with shaved sides
There is one great thing that can upgrade almost every hairstyle (micro and skinny braids are not exceptions). We’re talking about the shaved sides — and if you think that people are fed up with them and that they are gonna go out of trends, well, you’re wrong.
Shaved sides look sexy, edgy and really badass with micro braids, you just can’t deny it. Whether you want to express your inner self through your hairstyle or just want to get a really sexy look, they’ll work great for you. Not to mention that there are dozens of unique and cool combinations of small braids and very short sides which means you’ll 100% find something interesting for your taste. Take a look at the images and you’ll see what we mean!
Tip #2. Check the texture twice before buying the extensions — according to our experience, some of them may look too heavy.
Medium micro twists braids
Have medium length hair? Our congratulations. It’s the most versatile and universal length, so the number of micro braids that will suit such hair is very large. Here we’ll show you four micro braided hairstyles for medium hair, and the good news here is that they are not too difficult to make and to maintain. Shoulder length braids are the easiest to manage.
Bob hairstyles, updo styles, long bobs, ponytails, even mohawks and faux hawks — the choice is extremely wide, as we’ve said.
Tip #3. Don’t forget about proper preparation before making the small braids. Deep condition, washing, and moisturizing are exactly what you need before doing it!
Short micro braids styles for black hair
There are lots of color techniques (such as ombre and balayage), so why limiting yourself to a classic black color?
Well, because black micro braids look fantastic, that’s why. Black hair is perfect when there is a contrast between the hair color and skin tone (like if you have pale skin) and when there is no such contrast (like when you have a dark skin tone).
Want to make your look even more eye-catching? Then try playing with colors. We recommend trying to mix your black natural hair and dark brown/chocolate brown extensions. Such color combinations look really stunning in the majority of cases. Caramel braids will work great, too.
Tip #4. You can use human hair extensions as well as synthetic hair. Synthetic hair is cheaper and lasts longer, but on the other hand, you can easily wash natural hair braids. Human hair does also hold moisture better, so the choice is up to you.
Wet and wavy micro braids
So, let’s make it clear: wet braids are extremely popular. Not only they look great, but they are also great when it comes to solving that frizziness issue — so it’s clear why everyone loves them. However, it’s not so simple.
The thing is, some black ladies use too much product on their micro braids. Gel is necessary for getting that wet look, but too much is never ok — so if you’ve decided to make wet braids, be careful with the products.
But of course, if you make everything right, there will be no problems with your wet and wavy micro braids. Such braids are low-maintenance, very cute and stylish as hell, so if you are not afraid of spending several hours on making them, you just have to try them! And don’t forget to check out the ideas for wet&wavy braids we’ve found for you, of course.
Beautiful hairstyles with small thin braids
When we are talking about the small braids, there are actually two ways for you to get that natural look: lots of artificial tiny braids and making braids without any extensions. We understand that your goal is to protect your hair, not to damage it. That’s why we recommend using hair extensions instead of making micro braids with your natural hair. Yeah, it’s a very time-consuming process, but take a look at these beautiful pictures with small thin braids above and tell us that it doesn’t worth it!
Ideas of hairstyles with zillions braids
“Zillions braids” is how people usually call micro braided hairstyles. Numerous braids look unique and suitable for every African American woman (and for white ladies, of course), and even despite they are quite difficult to make because you’ll have to make hundreds of single braids, they are definitely worth the time and effort.
Take a look at the pictures above. We’ve found the most interesting and the most feminine ideas of hairstyles with tiny braids for medium, short and long hair, and even if you don’t wanna copy them, you will definitely get inspired by them. We are sure you’ll love the photos!
Remember that regular washing is necessary when it comes to micro braids, but not during the first month. Avoid washing your braids during the first 4 weeks in order to prevent damage and hair loss. However, you can use dry shampoo if you need.
Cool micro braiding hair styles to try
Do you want to look stylish and feminine? Are you looking for some cool and really beautiful braided hair styles that will look natural but will make you look extremely eye-catching on the other hand?
Well, then you just can’t ignore micro braiding styles. If you’re ready to change your style, don’t waste the opportunity to check out the coolest tiny braids we’ve found for you here — they will definitely not disappoint you!
Awesome micro mini braids
Small braids do always look extremely cute. Micro and mini braids hairstyles are probably the cutest ones you can do — so if you wanna get a cute look, search no more. Here it is.
We’ve done our best and found four awesome examples of braids for you. Actually, the only thing you have to do now is to choose the coolest hairstyle among these four, so don’t waste your time and do it right now!
Micro box braids with curly tips hairstyles
Box braids are iconic, without any doubts. All of them are protective (which means they won’t damage your hair and will give it rest for a few months), all of them are beautiful and all of them don’t need too much time and effort when it comes to maintaining them.
What’s more, micro box braids hairstyles look perfect with curly tips — and here we’ll prove that it’s true. Look at the pictures above and you will see it!
The best micro braids updos
Updos are very good when it comes to almost all types of situations. They work great for both informal and formal events, they are perfect as casual hairstyles and they are extremely simple — so it makes sense why they are so popular nowadays.
What we offer here is the list of four best micro braids updos that are both simple and beautiful. If you have crochet micro braids, you’ll find something cool here, too!