Micro threaded braids are everywhere; Here’s everything you need to know about the style
From chunky locks and zigzag sections of hair to claw clips and scrunchies, there’s no doubt that the beauty trends of the year 2000 are having a major moment, especially when it comes to hairstyles. And frankly, it wouldn’t be an authentic 2000s revival without the addition of micro braids – a style worn by Brandy and other icons of the early years – to the mix.
Whether you liked or hated the original version, you can’t deny that micro braids, especially threaded micro braids, have gained popularity among celebrities this year (hi, Mimi Keene and Halle Bailey). Worn on either side of a middle part or all over the head, the protective hairstyle is incredibly versatile, so who could really blame them? Also, since the braids are so thin, you can process and style your hair as you normally would if it wasn’t braided.
To find out what type of hair works well with micro braids, how to maintain the style and everything in between, POPSUGAR spoke to hairstylists who specialize in natural hair and braids. Read on for their expert opinion.
What are micro braids?
“Micro braids are very small braids that look like a thick strand of hair,” said Jessica Houston, vice president of operations and head esthetician at natural beauty store Beautybeez. These are tiny individual braids that can be easily manipulated into many styles including buns, ponytails, curls, and updos. As you can imagine, these braids generally take a long time to install, as only a few strands of hair are used for each braid, making them much lighter than other protective styles.
According to Briana Dunning, hairstylist at Striiike Studio, when applied correctly, micro braids can aid hair growth and require very little maintenance. While micro braids can be installed on natural hair (hair types 3C to 4C work best), people often tend to add length by adding synthetic hair during the process.
The rules are simple. Start with a small section of hair and add any extension hair you want. Braid stylist Geneva Fowler suggests following the same technique you would for creating boxed braids, without the even parting. Once you start the braid, you will continue to braid along the hair.