If you’re looking for a new protective style to try that is as easy to install as it is beautiful, then goddess braids are the style for you! Keep reading to learn more about goddess braids!
Goddess braids are basically oversized cornrows. They are braided close to the scalp with the use of hair extensions to make them bigger in size, raised higher, and longer. Goddess braids come in varied styles, so you can always switch up how you do them.
To find out more about the history of goddess braid, what they represented in Ancient Africa, and to find out how to braid your own hair into goddess braids. Plus, a video showing you how to braid box braids so you can watch as you braid. Keep reading to find out more!
The History Of Goddess Braids
Goddess braids can actually be traced as far back as Ancient Africa. They are often confused for cornrows as they are very similar to conventional cornrows, however, the braids are actually much thicker everywhere, more raised, smooth, and more defined. They were worn to represent people’s creativity and style, to showcase their artwork and precision.
An extremely popular braid style for women that fuses hair extensions being braided into five long braids that either hang or are circled on the sides, with a coiffure in the middle.
Goddess braids are improved or decorated with beads and cowrie shells. A custom that has gone through ages, being passed down by women to little girls includes adding the family’s silver coins and amber onto the braids as a symbol of their legacy and also for decorative purposes.
How To Do Goddess Braids
What you will need:
- 1 – 2 packs of Kanekalon braiding hair
- A tail-comb
- Hair moisturizer
Step 01: You need to taper the ends of your hair extensions
Hold your braids in a staggered line so that you can detangle them by running your fingers through them then trim the ends. By tapering your ends, your braids will look more natural and will stay intact instead of being flat and unraveling quickly.
Step 02: Divide your hair extensions into two sections
Remove a third of hair from the hair extensions and wrap it around the bigger section so that you have three equal sections of hair extensions.
Step 03: Moisturise and section off your natural hair
Moisturize your hair with your favorite hair moisturizer that contains either coconut oil or argan oil, moisturizing your hair allows you to ensure that your hair stays hydrated so that it is able to withstand the weeks that it’ll be hidden under your braids without any hair damage.
Then section off your hair into 3 – 5 equal sections (depending on how many braids you want) as though you’re doing really large cornrows. Use banana clips to keep each section separate, leave the section you’re going to start with loose.
Step 04: Begin braiding
Detangle your first section by gently coming through it starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots.
Once your first section is detangled and ready to be braided. Apply some holding gel or pomade to your roots to hold your hair together so that even as you braid it, your hair will look neat and slick and won’t frizz.
About half an inch from the hairline, create a section, the smaller the section, the closer your braid will be to your scalp.
Turn your hand with your palm facing inwards. Then, hold your hair extensions at the middle using your thumb and your pointer finger and hold it as close to your natural hair as you can, at the root. Hold the hair extensions tightly with your fingers, lining them up with your natural hair.
At this stage, you should have three strands of hair, two strands on the outside and one strand in the middle. Your natural hair should fall under the piece of hair extensions in the middle.
At this point, you have three strands of hair, two strands on the left and right and one strand in the middle. Your natural hair should fall under the piece of hair extensions in the middle, and as you braid, grab the hair that’s in the direction of the braid (using the feed-in method).
Rotate your dominant hand going counterclockwise so that you can use your index finger to hook the outer hair strand.
Pro Tip: When you grab your natural hair to feed into the braid, grab it from the middle going to the side so that your braid doesn’t lead too much to the left or right, but rather stays in the middle.
Step 05: Keep braiding
Keep braiding as described above until you get to the end of your head, at your nape. You can braid the rest of your hair with the hair extensions as you would braid box braids, using the simple three-strand plait.
When you get to the ends of your goddess braids, you can either dip them in boiling water as you would with box braids, or you can secure the ends using clear elastic bands. Some hair extensions can’t be dipped, so ensure that you read the package details of your braiding hair before you dip them.
How do you protect Goddess Braids?
To protect your goddess braids, you need to ensure that you take careful steps not to weigh them down too much. Goddess brads are quite thick and can be quite heavy which could overwhelm your scalp and hair.
To prevent your hair from being weighed down by your goddess braids, especially when you wash it, wash one section of your goddess braids at a time. So this may require you to get help from a friend or your hairstylist. You can then proceed to wash your hair as you would wash your cornrows or box braids.
To dry your hair and goddess braids, blot your hair dry using a microfiber towel then wrap an old, clean t-shirt on your head to reduce friction so that your goddess braids look fresher for longer