Cornrows, also known as braids, are a traditional African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed, as the name implies, in simple, straight lines, but they can also be formed in complicated geometric or curvilinear designs.
Often favored for their easy maintenance, cornrows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained through careful washing of the hair and regular oiling of the scalp. If the scalp is not oiled properly however, prolonged styling with cornrows can result in dandruff and major hair loss.
Box braids are individual plaits that are usually divided by small squared off parts or boxes. Box braids may be of any width or length, but most women add synthetic or natural hair to the braid for length as well as thickness and fullness. The great thing about these braids is that because they are not attached to the scalp, the braids may be manipulated into several different styles, resembling styles worn in long, relaxed hair. With proper care, these braids may last up to 3 months depending on hair growth. Remember to keep the scalp oiled. Dryness may lead to breakage.
Interlocking/ Treebraiding is the art of adding hair additions throughout the hair by just braiding them in. No crochet hooks, glue or sewing is needed. Interlock hair styles allow you to change the color, length, density and/or texture of your hair without damaging it. Hands down, interlocking is the healthiest form of hair extensions available today. This style of braiding is very low maintenance and may last up to 3 month with proper care. Using loose hair may limit your style to 1 1/2 months. The preferred hair for treebraiding is Toyokalon or Kanekalon fiber.
Micro braids are very tiny individual braids usually created with human or kanekalon hair. Many people get these type of braids because they require little daily maintenance. However, individuals who get their hair micro braided should be prepared to wear this hairstyle for a long time; the process of getting the braids put in generally takes several hours, and getting the braids removed can take just as long. Very small braids can also be very damaging to hair and can cause extensive breakage if not put in or removed correctly. Women with dry, brittle hair should be especially cautious when getting these braids done as they can also cause hair loss, if not properly cared for.