Braids For Teens
When it comes to teens, they are always looking for new styles and trends. If your teen wants (or needs) braids, it’s important to offer your teen style and versatility.
When choosing braid styles for your teen, there are a few things to consider: convenience or necessity. Do you and/or your teen want to take a break from the daily styling or is the current condition of the hair forcing you to reduce daily styling? If your teen has dry, brittle and breaking hair, you might be forced to consider braids.
Braids are a great option for damaged hair because they allow your hair to take a break from chemical processing and frequent use of heat and styling, which further damage the hair. In addition, braids are a great way to keep your hair looking great during cold, rainy months or even during hot, humid months, when it becomes more of a challenge to keep the hair from frizzing.
When selecting a braid style for your teen, be sure to care for the edges. Braided styles that pull the edges too tightly WILL result in thin hairlines. Extra care should be taken for individuals, micro braids, or even interlock styles, especially if they are pulled back into a ponytail. If possible, individials should be allowed to hang naturally or loosely pulled back. Micros should be allowed to hang natually and should not be pulled back. Interlocks, with tracks going front to back, will need to be moisturized at the hairline to prevent breakage. Even if they hang naturally, if the tracks are too tight, breakage will still occur.
For added style, try adding small amounts of color or highlights. Loose or braided ends look great straight or with curls. If you want to try loose ends and want an alternate to human hair, try a high heat synthetic so your teen can flat iron or curl the ends. Braided ends can be curled too. Roll the ends and dip them in boiling hot water. When you get tired of the curls, just re-dip them and they are straight again!
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