Micro braids are the type of braids that are tiny and delicate. It is braided tightly into the hair and it can last for many months. This type of hairstyles can usually be worn by African American women. However, it can also be done in any type of style. This trend is embraced by most celebrities including Beyonce, Zoe Kravitz, and others.
Do you have frizzy hair? Do you want to have a cool, stylish and sleek look? If so, then why don’t you try rocking these braids. This modern and fascinating hairstyle can bring out the unique features of your face. It can completely change your hairstyle.
Best Micro Braid Hair and Styles
Here are several micro braid hairstyle ideas that you can try out and enjoy!
Best Micro Braids Styles
To emphasize your eyes and lips, you can go for middle parting.
Micro Braids for Kids
Embrace your kid’s curly hair and transform it to make it more fashionable.
African Micro Braids Styles
Braids can look amazing, especially for women with long hair.
Colored Micro Braids
Add highlights to your braids to make you stand out in a crowd.
Best Black Hair
This is an impressive braid hairstyles ideas for black women.
Wavy Micro Braids for Natural Hair
This is absolutely a fabulous way of wearing micro braids!
Best Hair For Micro Braids
To preserve the beauty and health of your natural hair, you can use hair extensions.
Beautiful Micro Braids Hairstyles
Hair extensions can make your hair look longer and fuller when creating micro braids. Never hesitate to use it!
Braids and Curls
Micro braids are tinier compared to box braids.
Undercut with Braids
Micro braids can make your hair compact and easier to style.
Best Human Hair For Micro Braids
There are a variety of hairstyles that you can do with your braids.
Micro Braids for Short Hair
Choose the coolest style for your micro braids.
Long Hairstyle Ideas
Long hair strands are perfect for women who have prominent faces.
Kids Micro Braids
You can also opt for an effortless style such as this one.
For women with oval faces, let your braids flow down.
Sleek Micro Braids
These sleek micro braids are neatly done.
High Bun and Long Strands
Are you in the mood for a voluminous bun?
Covered Up with Braids
This hairstyle does not require any planning.
Crown of Braids
Rather than using classic buns, why don’t you try this bow bun made of micro braids?
Curly Micro Braids
Micro braids can also look great on kids.
Silver and Gold Braids
When colored braids are done flawlessly, you can wear it anytime of the year.
These sparkling micro braids look nice on blonde hair.
Cornrows and Micro Braids
This is chic and sophisticated.
These cornrow micro braids with highlights are tied into a bun.
Straight Micro Braids
Small braids are typically meant for women with really long hair.
Natural black hair with highlights looks majestic, particularly in small braids.
This braid look best when done on long hair.
This polished and silky look is perfect for women who are ready for an adventure.
Side parting your braids can give it an extraordinary wow effect.
Weaves of Braids and Curls
These braids with curls can definitely make a statement.
Pull It High
Want to look stunning for the evening? Then let’s lift those braids on your crown.
Half Up, Half Down
Are you having another ordinary boring day? Then let’s make it playful with this extraordinary hairstyle.
Long Natural Hair
These small braids are also great for weddings.
Nothing Too Fancy
These cool and short braids are arranged randomly.
Micro Braids For Black Hair
These classic braids look so lively and cheeky.
Let your braids transform you into an elegant woman.
Braids with Highlights
These braids can certainly draw some attention.
Corn Braids and Micro Braids Combo
The result of this combination is so flattering.
Side Swept Braids
Piling up all those braids on one side is a great complement to your refreshing look.
Lay Them Straight
Classic braids are perfect for teens.
Braids with Weave
This amazing hairstyle is suitable for any occasion.
Most African American women have nice curls.
Shiny Locks with Braids
Side parting can make you look awesome.
This hairstyle is perfect for everyday looks.
Silvery blue eyes and pink trinkets are the best for your golden braids.
Brown Colored Hair
Thinner braids look more sophisticated.
Stunning Micro Braid
Let your braids run loose and it can surely turn some heads around.
Micro Braid Mix
This stunning combination can make your hairstyle look unique and sleek.
Black Micro Braid
Is it time to change your hairstyle?
Micro Braid in a Bun
This ballerina bun will not be going anywhere. Redefining your style can give you an extra edge.
This style is also perfect for parties.
Short Hair with Braids
You can use extensions in maximizing the length of your hair.
You don’t need to do anything else. That extra length will be sufficient enough to draw people’s attention.
Cornrows with Micro Braid
Let those braids fall down freely on your neck.
Cute Micro Braid Hairstyles
Braid your hair in an elegant way to make you stand out.
Gorgeous Lengthy Black Hair
Be sure to keep that micro braid tight.
Buns can always look delightful in any season.
Two Cute Buns
Buns can make you look taller and absolutely gorgeous.
Glamorous Micro Braid Hairstyles
Want to look glamorous?
This is much too easy to style.
Hair Braiding for Any Occasion
These braids are totally amazing!
Kids can wear their micro braid anytime.
Even if you have short hair, you can still wear a micro braid.
Curls and braids are a perfect combination for your new look.
Micro Braid Wet And Wavy
This meticulous micro braid looks stunning.
Create braids starting from your scalp to obtain a great style.
Braids with Beads
Hair accessories can make you look unique.
Smokey Silver Braids
Adding color to your natural hair can be fun. It’s also a way of expressing your creativity.
Use blue and green beads on the ends of the braids. You can also choose other colors depending on your taste.
Braids With Accessories
Aside from beads, you can also create your own adornments.
Braided ponytails can keep your little girl’s hair in place.
What to Consider before Getting Micro Braids
Micro braids may not be suitable for all women. A lot of people choose this type of braids since it only needs less maintenance. It is very important that you are well prepared for rocking this hairstyle for a long time. The process of creating these tiny braids can take many hours.
At the same time, removing the braids can also take several hours. Since these are very small braids then there is a tendency that it can cause hair breakage and hair damage. Sometimes it can lead to hair loss if your hair is dry and brittle especially in the process of removing the braids.
If you are interested in rocking micro braids then you must look for a professional hairstylist who is an expert in this hairstyle. You will find stylists who specialize in black hair. Consult one who will evaluate the status of your hair. Once the stylists evaluate your locks, he or she will advise you on how long the process will take. Before getting your braids, don’t forget to properly condition your hair.
How to create Micro Braids
Despite the fact that micro braiding may take a long time to finish, the whole process in itself is fairly easy. The only difficulty might be in creating those tiny braids and braiding the whole head can take several hours. Before jumping straight into the process of creating these mini braids, we recommend preparing your hair for what’s to come.
Preparing your Hair for Micro Braids
Your hair should be in good health before you start with the process of braiding to avoid damaging the hair and making the process much more fun. Some of the things you can implement before learning on how to do micro braids are:
- Use a good shampoo and conditioner to make your hair soft and easy to handle in the days before getting your braids.
- Have your hair treated with oil so that your hair contains enough moisture to stay strong and make it easier to handle.
- Cutting the ends of your hair so you don’t have the hassle of dealing with splits when doing your braids.
- Properly clean your hair the night before since you will want to wear your micro braids for at least a few weeks, this will be the last time for a proper cleansing! Enjoy it while you can!
How to do Micro Braids: Step-by-step Instructions
Here are our step-by-step instructions on how to do micro braiding:
Step 1. Use a comb in sectioning your hair. Get 1/4 of the hair and use a clip to secure the remaining hair.
Step 2. Get a tiny portion of the hair and start braiding. Divide the hair into three. Cross the hair from the left to the center. Cross the hair from the right to the center. Make it tight but not too tight since it can hurt the scalp.
Step 3. Continue braiding until you reach the end. Take a small strand of hair and use it to tie the ends.
Step 4. Repeat this process until all the hair is braided.
For more information, you can watch this video:
Caring for your Micro Braids
A few important things to remember about caring for this hair style include:
- Do never go to bed with wet braids. This can make them break and produce a smelly (mildew like) scent which you do not want to go out and about with.
- Use hair oil to add extra moisture to your braids. Do not overdo it, but just enough so that the hair does not feel brittle or dry.
- On the other hand, if they start to look greasy, you can use a dry shampoo. Spray the dry shampoo over your braids, then gently work it through with your fingers.
- After not washing your micro braids for 4 weeks, you can gently start washing your braids again. First, dampen your hair and then gently massage the shampoo into your braids and scalp. Secondly, slowly rinse your micro braids warm water until all the shampoo is gone.
That’s it! By now, you should be able and confident to preparing and care your hair for braids, and have learned how to do your micro braids yourself!
Micro Braiding Extensions
One way of making your braided hairstyle look fuller and longer is to use extensions. It is quite the same with the general process, however, it requires some additional steps. If you want some additional length then opt for a professional who specializes in braiding extensions. To know more about it, watch this video:
Micro Braids Cost and Pricing
The cost and pricing for braiding your hair may depend on several factors. For one, different locations of braiding salons may mean different asking prices. Aside from this, the cost will depend on hair thickness, length, and quality. If you will be using extensions, this will also add to the total cost. At any rate, micro braiding services start at roughly $180 and can go upwards to $400.
Best Hairstyles for Micro Braids
Micro braids are composed of tiny braids. There are a lot of ways of styling your micro-braided hair. When properly done, it can last for a long time. This hairstyle is very versatile since it can work on different lengths and types of hair. Here are some popular styles that you can choose from:
- Cornrow Braids – This is the best micro braid hairstyle. It can suit everyone and you can style it easily. It has low maintenance and your hair won’t be exposed to too much damage.
- Braided Updo – This is one of the sophisticated braided hairstyles. It works with long hair and short hair. It can work on any face shapes and can be worn on any occasion.
- Wavy Braids – It can work on curly or straight hair. With curly hair, the result will be wet and wavy. The braids will look charming.
- Micro Braids with Ponytail – It would look better when braided hair is pulled up to create a ponytail. You can either make a high ponytail or a low ponytail.
- Micro Braids for African American Women – This hairstyle can look elegant on black women. It has less maintenance and it does not require too much pressure in styling.
Braided hairstyles include micro braids, tree braids, box braids, french braids and a lot more. These braids hairstyles can be worn anytime, especially in the morning when you are running late for your workout.
Your Micro Braid Questions Answered
Are you thinking about getting a micro braid hairstyle anywhere in the near future? If so, we’ll bet you have a few questions. Luckily, you’re not alone. Here are some questions many of our other readers ask, too:
What are micro braids?
Hence the name micro braids are very small tightly braided braids. There are many options for the type of hair that can be used with these braids which is why this would be a wonderful option if you are searching for a hairstyle that will be protective. Micro braids can last an extremely long time.
How long do micro braids take?
It can take anywhere from 5-12 hours to have micro braids installed. When planning to get micro braids installed it’s a good idea to clear the day you’re having it done because the time it takes can vary so much depending on if there’s more than one person helping braid and also how fast at braiding they may be. The time it takes will be well worth it when the process is finished and you get to see the results!
How do you remove micro braids?
Unlike getting micro braids installed, the removal process is done much more quickly. You will need braid removal spray or cream, whichever you prefer. Start by cutting the braids out but be sure not to cut your natural hair with them. After you’ve gotten rid of all the extensions, wet your hair and apply your removal spray or cream. The removal products are necessary to help the braid be easier to remove but they also keep the hair from knotting.
One not-so-micro last braiding tip
One tip we cannot press enough is to make sure you have your braids removed professionally and carefully. We’ve heard many horror stories of micro braids not being removed properly, leaving the hair to break and your head in a hot mess. At this point, it is fragile and must be treated with tender love and care, and if needed be removed by a professional at a hair salon.
Hopefully, with all this information on these tiny-teeny micro-braids, you are now knowledgeable and confident to start exploring doing your own braids. If at any point you do not feel your able to do braids yourself anymore, or you are just as lazy as me and love to have someone else be touching and playing with your hear, visit a proper hair salon to have them do you braids for you!
Now, we would love to hear your experience and get feedback on our preparing, caring and braiding tips. Did it help you in deciding to get micro braids? Where you able to choose the right style for your scalp? Please do not hesitate to let us know in the comments below!
Raissa Diaz started out as a hairstylist for a long time before she started this blog. Her fascination for hair and braids started when she was only 4 years old, in a salon just around the corner on top of where they lived. She first started braiding away at her six sisters at home and soon she was asked to start helping in the salon. Now, she is here to share the knowledge that she gained over the past 20 years with you, through Beautified Designs!