How to do Jungle Braids

JUNGLE BRAIDS! A new type of knotless braids that is very popular in the braid world! They are box braids with small pulled-out parts of the hair fiber. Here is a step-by-step video tutorial on how to do Jungle Braids. Who knew that a slightly messy look could be so beautiful!

Check out this awesome video below. A step-by-step tutorial on how to do Jungle Braids.

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Such a popular braid style! Take a look below at jungle braids being done in the motherland of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Nancy Samu, Braider is creating beautiful hairstyles at her home in the village of Mogwembo.

Jungle Braids – Photo Facebook – Afro American Beauty & Barber Academy, Sierra Leone Africa

How To Cornrow For Beginners

Here’s an 3 easy step by step process of how you can cornrow your hair as a beginner.

  1. It can be confusing when the terms cornrows is used or canerows. They’re basically all the same thing. Cornrow looks are a type of flat plait that originates from Africa and the Caribbean. As you may have guessed, the name comes from their appearance, similar to rows of cane or corn.
  2. To create the style, start by taking one to two inches of hair from the top and divide it into three parts. Take the right section and cross it underneath the middle one, then do the same with the left section. Now pick up hair from the sides, adding them to your strands before repeating the weaving process. Keep doing this until you reach the ends of your hair and secure with a hairband. Remember not to leave any hair in the middle. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a standard Dutch braid instead.
  3. You don’t have to worry about cornrow styles damaging your hair. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Cornrows are a great option if you’re looking for a protective hairstyle or even to do a braid out. You just have to remember to be gentle with your hair and not to make the braid too tight so you don’t end up with a tension headache or hair loss! A great way to protect your strands during this process, give them extra hydration and nourish them is by combing a leave-in conditioner into your strands before you braid. 

Below, is an excellent incredibly detailed tutorial for cornrowing, by GlamFam Hair & Beauty.

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Now its time to Braid your Clients Hair. Follow the directions below:

Step 1: Shampoo Clients hair.

Start by shampooing your clients hair, then comb through to remove tangles.

Step 2: Section hair.

Next, section off clients hair to create a vertical row from front to back of your head. Using a tail comb will make this easiest.

Tip: More sections equal smaller braids, larger sections will create bigger braids.

Step 3: Divide hair to start braiding.

Starting at the front of your clients hair, take a small section of hair, and divide this small section into 3 equal pieces.

Step 4: Begin braiding.

Now that you have the hair divided, start the braid by crossing the left or right strand under the center strand and then repeating with the outer strand from the other side.

Step 5: Repeat step four.

Now, you’ll want to keep repeating step 4. However, this time, add in additional hair to each side from underneath as you weave. Do this until you’ve reached the base of your neck.

Step 6: Start a three-strand braid.

Once you don’t have anymore hair to add from underneath, continue to do a traditional 3-strand braid until you reach the end of your hair.

Step 7: Secure with an elastic (if needed).

To make sure your braid stay secured, finish off the ends with a knot or secure with an elastic.(only if needed)

Step 8: Repeat steps two – seven.

Continue step 2-7 until all of your hair is braided.

Step 9: Smooth edges.

Using a smoothing gel, smooth edges down with a toothbrush.

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Why am I losing my hair?

Why am I losing my hair? As I grow older, I notice my hair thinning at a slow rate. Year after year it looked like i had less hair. I started to wear more weaves & wigs to cover up the problem instead of doing my research to figure out the reason for my hair loss. The following is a summary of my findings. According to hair loss Doctors, my hair was thinning due to one or more of the following:

  1. Physical stress
  2. Emotional stress
  3. Hormonal imbalances
  4. Thyroid condition
  5. Toxic exposure
  6. Deficiencies in important vitamins and minerals
  7. Allergies
  8. Heredity
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I was told if I want thicker, fuller hair, I could do a few things at home to assist with my hair growth. I had nothing to lose. I gave myself a few weeks to take five herbs, supplements and essential oils to help me naturally thicken up my hair.

*The following are the DIY home products which helped me get back on the road to having healthy hair again.

  • Aloe-vera juice – 1 cup per day
  • Collagen Protein
  • Biotin supplement (vitamin B1, vitamin B12) take 1 tablet daily
  • Rosemary essential oil (mix 5 to 10 drops in aloe-vera gel then massage into scalp, shampoo out. This will/may stop baldness.
  • Omega 3 fatty acid (either fish oil or anything with HV Omega 3 fatty acid add into your diet).

*Disclaimer – I am not a Health Care Professional. This is a DIY home remedy for hair-loss. Please consult your physician before taking any supplements or the above items.

How to Boost your income as a Hairstylist or Braider by doing these 4 things.

With the global pandemic of 2020 still going on, most people are stressed out worrying about where their next dollar will come from. You can boost your income as a Hairstylist or Braider by simply doing these four things:

Offer a Referral Rewards Program

Once you’ve won clients over with your professionalism and technical ability, you should also be sure to ask for a referral. Don’t be pushy, but let the client know you’re new to the salon and working on building clientele.

You can increase clients’ motivation to refer their friends and family by creating a referral rewards program. Give clients a discount for every referral, or offer a free service for a specific number of referrals.

Accept Walk-Ins

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If you’re trying to figure out how to build a clientele but aren’t accepting walk-ins, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to show off your skills. Accepting walk-ins is a surefire way to increase your overall client base. Set aside one day to accept walk-ins.

Lots of people are busy and forget to schedule appointments. If you can meet their needs and make life a little easier for them, they’ll be sure to come back again, especially if you provide them with excellent service.

Build Your Portfolio

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Show off your work! Take photos of past clients and keep them in a photo book that can be displayed at your salon. You can offer this book to people instead of a magazine to help them decide what kind of cut they’d like. Just be sure to ask permission before you display pictures!

Manage Your Schedule Well

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Like we discussed above, clients don’t like to wait. When you’re a booth renter or mobile hairstylist, it can be difficult to keep track of your appointments. You can sign up for a scheduling app that will help you manage your time to make sure your clients get the best experience possible.

What’s in my Mobile Hair Braider Bag?

There are many benefits to being a Mobile Hair Braider. Be your own boss. Set your own days and hours to work. Choose the areas you want to work in just to name a few good reasons for working as a Mobile Braider.

Now that you are ready to travel to your clients, what do you need to bring along with you? You don’t want to show up to your clients home or office and realize that you are missing an item. It’s best to travel with more items or products than you need. “Better to be safe than sorry”. As a freelance braider, your bag must always be equipped with everything you need to complete your braiding job.

Here is a list of items that should be in your Braiders bag:

  1. Synthetic hair. At least 1 pack of black and brown
  2. Blowdryer
  3. Scissors
  4. Combs & Brushes
  5. Hair ties
  6. Beads and barrettes
  7. Butterfly Clips to hold the hair
  8. Edge Control
  9. Needle & thread
  10. Oil/grease for scalp
  11. Rubberbands
  12. Brown paper bag for trash or plastic bag
  13. Container the size of your combs for soiled combs
  14. Cape and neck-strips
  15. A towel to lay on the table to place your tools on
  16. Paper Towels or Wubbies Towels
  17. Hand Sanitizer
  18. Barbicide
  19. Wipes
  20. Bandages
  21. Spray bottle
  22. A Smock to wear over your clothes (looks Professional plus it keeps the hair off of you)
  23. Your Braiding License
  24. Sheen Spray/Hair Spray
  25. Toothbrush or small styling brush for edges

What is the 16 Hour Florida Hair Braiding Course?

Question: What is the 16 Hour Florida Hair Braiding Course? Answer: The *16 Hour Florida Hair Braiding Course is a course for anyone wanting to work in a Hair Salon. The course teaches you how to protect yourself and your clients from diseases & disorders. A Florida Braiders License is no longer required by the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Cosmetology Board. *(Not a course for CE or licensing)

General Requirements for Hair Braiding are as follows:

a. Applicant must be at least 16 years of age or have received a high school diploma.
b. Applicant must pass a short review quiz in order to complete the hair braiding course.

Now is the time to enter into the multi-billion dollar hair industry. When you take the 16 Hour Hair Braiding Course, many doors of opportunity will then open for you in the field of beauty. You can then pursue a career in the beauty industry as a Hair Braider and later on a Cosmetologist if you desire.

16 Hour Hair Braiding Course Description:

This course is designed to provide 16-hours of instruction in the following areas to become certified in hair braiding:

*5 Hours: HIV/AIDS and other Communicable Diseases.
*5 Hours: Sanitation and Sterilization.
*4 Hours: Disorders and Diseases of the Scalp.
*2 Hours: Laws and Rules of the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which affect the governing practices of Hair Braiding.

A’s Hair Braiding

16 Hour Hair Braiding Course

Sale price $35.00 Regular price $99.99 Tax included.

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Here’s how you ENROLL:

You can start the 16 hour braiding course whenever it’s convenient. You can even log in and log out as often as you like because our system will keep track of your progress. Study using your mobile phone or computer. With no files to download, it’s simple to earn your 16 Hour Hair Braiding Certificate.

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Dazzling Braids in the Color Green for Spring

@Khanyimbau Instagram – Green cornrows pulled up into a ponytail, stunning

Are you looking for a trendy new braid hairstyle? Spring into the new season with a refreshing new look. Add a little dazzle to your hair by adding green color yarn, synthetic hair, beads, twine or anything that will give you the fresh feel of spring!

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Beaded green braids half up and half down

These styles below are awesome looks. Recreate any of these braid-styles, do it your self or go to a Hair Braiding Licensed Professional to assist you with getting the look that you have been dreaming of. Don’t be afraid to use bold, synthetic hair or yarn in the color green. Any style in green would be amazing! Go ahead, don’t be shy! Give these dazzling looks a try!

Source: Black Naps – Green Bob Braids
Yarn Twist in deep dark green

Go stylish with this thick yarn twist hairstyle. The dark camo green shade is unique which makes the style look even more chic!
Dark Green Thick Yarn Braids

Lovely side parts are both stylish and girly. This deep dark green yarn braid fits well with almost any style – from chic to edgy – you can wear this anytime.
Cornrows pulled up in a bun
Black and Green Yarn Braids
Jazz up your hair with a twist of brilliant deep green and black with this funky style. Color is a great way to liven up your hair. And if you do it right, you’ve got a stunner in your hands.
Go Navy Moss Green 
Go understated but charming with this beautiful moss green yarn hair. A straight up braid that’s front parted ensures your face becomes the highlight. Pair with subtle makeup and gorgeous eyebrows.
Thick jumbo plats

Dreadlock HairStyles for White Brides

It’s your day to shine. Complement your wedding day attire with dreadlocks filled with flowers and color. All added to make your special day magical.

Beautiful bun draped with a silky long vail

Half Up – Half Down

Half up half down hairstyles will never go out of style. Not even if your hair is all locked up! They’re one of the most popular hairstyles amongst brides, and also the most practical and easy to do.

Twisted Bun – Bride Dreadloc Updo

Bridal bun hairstyles are a great choice for any type of hair and create a timeless look that can be accessorized to look perfect with any style wedding.  Choose a twisted dreadloc bun updo for an elegant formal look.

Messy Dreadlocks Tucked Under a veil

Messy is the new perfect in our eyes, and as this utterly gorgeous loc style proves it! This young woman opted for a dread-style which may seem a little rough for some on lookers, however, her stunning brown locs are full of golden highlights, and has been placed under an off white veil for her special day.

Blonde Locs pulled back into a loose bun for a casual look

Black & Red Locs

Hair Accessories

Hair accessories can bring a wedding dread styles to life, as this stunning lady’s look proves. Her beautiful brown dreadlocs have been swept back and worked into a ponytail which cascades down her back. She has yellow and auburn flowers in her locs to express the warmth of the fall season.

When Love is in the air, its best to go with your heart and your deepest feelings. Be with the one you Love, wear whatever is appropriate for you to feel comfortable on your special day! That also goes for your hair. Sending Love to all the Brides out there who wore Dreadlocs or are planning too.

Who started the Hair Braiding Trend for White Women

Bo Derek as Jenny, laying on beach. (Photo by Bruce Mcbroom/Warner Bros./Getty Images)

Bo Derek  is a famous American model, actress and film producer as well. She is best known for her stunning appearance in the box-office hit film 10. Who can forget Bo Derek? I surely can’t . Back in the day in 1979, I still remember the controversy that was centered around this sexy lady who wore her beaded braids so proudly! Her hairstyle made a bold statement to the world saying “I can wear Braids with beads like the tribal women of Africa!” Those unspoken words still linger in my mind. I believe that she may have been the first white woman to be in a movie sporting a hairstyle that only black women were wearing at that time. She may have opened the door for other White and Latino women to feel comfortable with a hairstyle that at one time only black women wore. The following pics are of young women sporting their tresses and being very comfortable wearing braids.

Cultural appropriation? Not everyone thinks so. White girls & Latino girls love to wear braids! Not just any type of braid, though. I’m talking long, braided extensions that take hours and hours to do. Hair is personal and you can style it how you want to. There are no limits!

Two thick plaits – “The Warrior”

Braids are usually done tight. Most women don’t like the feeling of having their hair stretched or pulling to create a longer lasting style. But after it was done, it looks nice despite the fact that a few Advil may be needed!

Braided Extensions with Color
Green Extensions always look good with an outfit!
Red & Blond Box Braids
Let’s play around with Ombre colors!
Waist length box braids with a bun on her crown

After all is said and done, braids are fun! A welcome change from your everyday hairstyle. You can put down your blowdryer and curling and just relax. You won’t have much to do as far as hair maintenance! To care for your braids at night, simply put your hair in a bun or tie a silk scarf around your braids to preserve your style. You should be able to get at least 4 weeks out of your hair-do:-)

Zig-zag partings look great on this young lady wearing camouflage
Lady at work sporting her ponytail under a hard hat

Learn How Hair Professionals can Work together with Make-up Artist to earn extra income

Working together with a Make-up Artist can be a fun and rewarding career for a Hairdresser, Hair Braider or Loctician. Hair & Make-up go hand in hand. In order to get that perfect look for your photo shoot, wedding or unforgettable moment, a professional hair person and make up artist will be needed.

Make-up Artist work on all types of people, from everyday people to actors/actresses that are in theatre productions, film and various media productions around the country. They also work with fashion stylist.

As a Hair Stylist, Hair Braider or Loctician, you have to do the work to look for a reputable Make-up Artist who is willing to collaborate or partner with you. You can find Make-up Artists at the following places:

  • Make-up Counters in Department Stores
  • On-line – follow their Instagram page, then direct message them (DM) asking if they need someone to work with them on photoshoots doing their clients hair.
  • Hair Shows
  • Bridal Stores
  • Modeling Agencies
  • Beauty Salons
  • Photography studios
  • YouTube – Follow the Make-up guru. Comment on their pages & let them know you would love to work with them to help create the perfect look that will go well on their clients.

Once you find the Make-up Artist that is willing to talk to you about working with them, you have to be prepared to show them your work. Make sure you have at least 2 out of the following items:

  • Resume (Telling where and who you have worked with in the past)
  • Portfolio
  • Social Media pages showcasing your work. Make sure that your pic’s or videos are clear and focuses on the hairstyle. Try to have a clean & clear background without clutter.

Once the Make-up Artist deceides that you are a fit to work with them, the next step will be to give them your availability (hours and days that you are available to work) . Salaries are negotiable based on experience.

Always remember, The sky is the limit! Do not limit yourself to one Make-up Artist to work with. Remember, this is a freelance job. The Make-up Artist may not have work for you every week, however, if you can connect with at least 3 Make-up Artist, I guarantee that you will be quite busy. You have the talent and ability to enhance peoples natural beauty. Get out there and show the world your talent!

Peace & Love.