A few things you should know about Tree Braids

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I was first introduced to Tree Braids years ago by my braid stylist, I fell in love. I thought there were no other hairstyle I wanted. it was an absolute Godsend. I loved the idea of getting the look of micro braids but reducing my sitting time in the salon. I believe these braids were called tree braids, because your hair acted as the trunk for the layers of hair that was braided in and pulled out for a free flowing effect.

Talk to your Stylist First

Consult with your stylist and tell her what your looking for and talk price so your know what your getting up front and for how much. Ask as many questions as possible (Length, Color, Texture, Purpose) so that you’re happy with your investment.

Know up front that the price of the hair is separate from the labor of adding the hair in. Some clients get confused and the miscommunication can make for awkward moments after the work is done. I hate to say it, but yes, I’ve seen it.

Hair Extensions

If your stylist’s shop does not supply the hair, go shopping!

Go to your local beauty supply store and look at the various options of Hair. I’ve known others to order their hair online. I went to my local beauty supply store because I want to see the hair, touch it, compare color and the prices. I’ve been known to have my stylist on the phone while I’m in the beauty supply store so I can understand what hair she cannot work with. She’s able to tell me if some clients were or were not happy with a certain brand of hair or where to go to be the best bang for the buck.

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  • The price you pay is up to you. There are synthetic hair or human hair extensions available. This usually boiled down to how much you wanted to pay and the quality of hair you wanted The synthetic hair was much cheaper, but would most likely tangle faster and would not stand up in water. There are online vendors who offer quality hair as well
  • The texture is up to you. Yaki is available in wet and wavy as well, but I always chose yaki straight human hair because I felt that it was more versatile. I’d need about two packs or so for the style and it could be worn bone straight or styled with a flat iron.
  • The color was also up to you.  There are two tone options and solid color options. I chose mostly 1b-Dark Brown and highlight with T33.

Technique

  • My hair was parted in the front bringing out the bang area and slightly around the edges side and back. That area was slightly plaited to separate it from the rest of the hair.
  • The big section was cornrowed from front to back (from forehead to neck). With each braid, the braider added hair in to each braid and pull out the added hair for fullness. The quantity and thickness of each cornrow depended on how much and how thick your hair is and how full (the finished product) you want your hair to be.
  • Around the edges, I received micro braids around the edges so that I could put my hair in a ponytail
  • I had two braiders working on my hair. One braider put the micro braids around the edges, and the main stylist installed the Tree Braids

The Pros

  • This style is more about the fullness of the hair and style than the braids. The braids are mostly hidden. To know that the hair is not all micro braided is a wonder!
  • If cared for properly, this style could last from 2-3 months
  • This style was quite versatile
  • Human Hair could be styled by wave iron, flat iron or other heat source. The package would tell you what temperatures the hair could withstand before it will start to break down.
  • Human Hair could manage to get wet and still look great
  • Easily parted so you can oil the scalp
  • Less time to put in, Less time to take out than micro braids
  • Try any color
  • Try any length
  • Versatility.  Style up (in a ponytail/bun) or down (wear out/half up) it didn’t matter it looked great any which way

The Cons

  • Steep Price Tag on Quality Human Hair
  • With natural hair, the edges are always an issue…your hair will only last as long as your edges. The conflicting textures looks off. The gel can only be used on so much regrowth before enough is enough
  • With time, the hair would eventually tangle and it was a challenge to detangle
  • Lose luster over time
  • Hairline breakage. The hair micros would twist around and around during daily styling that it would eventually break off 😦 The hair is so delicate and fine around the edges of your hair line it does not have the ability to withstand that kind of rigor.

Did you know? 

The price tag on human hair is  ever increasing and the quality or the amount of hair in each package is decreasing. You are forced to purchase an additional pack at a high cost. It’s Economics….Supply and Demand The Demand is higher than the supply and the industry is finding ways to get compensated for this demand passing off the costs to the consumers.

Are Tree Braids right for me? 

If you need help in assessing your if Tree Braids are right for you, schedule a 30 minute Discovery Consult with me. In 30 minutes, you can:

  • Assessing your hair type, texture and condition
  • Assessment of overall health
  • Determining your top hair concerns and hair goals
  • Evaluation of current hair care regimen and products
  • Development of a hair care regimen to address hair concerns and goals; includes recommendations, and styling tips.

“Christine is amazing. She pays attention to your individual hair needs and customizes your hair treatment for you. She cares about your overall hair heath and she is not pushy. She makes recommendations for your hair needs but doesn’t push you to do it. She lets you take your natural hair care journey at your own pace. I love Christine! Definitely book your next appointment here!”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christine Waysome-Henderson

Christine Waysome-Henderson is a Natural Hair Care Consultant & Founder of Natural Hairess & Co. LLC. She educates individuals how to care for their natural hair organically. Christine is degreed and holds both an undergraduate degree from George Mason University and an MBA Graduate Degree in Business Management. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children. For more hair wisdom, visit Natural Hairess & Co. 

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