Fulani braids are probably the hottest black hairstyle in 2017. If you’re not currently rocking this look, you’ve most likely seen someone rocking it because it’s that fly. If you wear your natural hair and you are looking for a cool, functional style, then this Fulani braids look is a must try. And frankly speaking, summer is here, which means for many of us it’s mine to put our hair away and bring out the braids.
THREE MOST POPULAR FULANI STYLES.
This look is probably on the ‘lower’ end of the Fulani Braid spectrum. The forward cornrows just above the ears and the beads give it a Fulani touch. Other than that, this look is a relatively simple braid pattern. All the cornrows are braided from one side of your head to the other
2. BRAIDED HIGH BUN
This look is one that probably takes the least amount of time because it’s created with jumbo braids. Six jumbo box braids in the back, three in the front, and two forward plaits on either side of her head. What’s nice about this look, beside it being quick to do, is it gives you a bit of flexibility since you can easily wear the braids up or down.
3. FULANI BRAIDS WITH CROWN
Here’s where things get a bit more complicated (but with a beautiful result). This style also has box braids in the back but pencil-width box braids, so there are a lot more of them. It also has the quintessential one cornrow in the vertical center of her head. And then two horizontal ones (one on each side) going from the side to the center.
If DIY Fulani braids aren’t your cup of tea, you can, of course, get the style done by a professional hairstylist.
FEATURES OF THE FULANI BRAIDS
As mentioned earlier, the braid pattern of Fulani Braids is what makes it distinct. There are four common elements to the pattern:
- One cornrow braided down the center of your head from front to back
- One or two cornrows on each side of your head braided from back to front, with the tails hanging on each side of your head
- A braid wrapped around the perimeter of your head.
- Beads, cowry shells, gold clips dispersed throughout the braids
Here are some tips on how to ensure your braids come out exactly as you want them to:
- Decide on the style
- Have pictures of the front AND the back of the hair (I’ve included front and back photos of the styles above)
- Specify the the length and width of the braids
- Decide if you want color or highlights and be prepared with hair that’s a color that your stylist might not have
- Come with already washed and blown out hair (if you’re not getting that done at the salon)
- After the first braid, check if there’s too much tension. Do this again after the first five braids. If the braids feel too tight, ask your stylist to redo them. (Note: once your entire head is done, you’ll feel more tension than you do when just part of it is done, so times the tension by two in the early stages of the braids)
- Come prepared with any hair jewelry you want and direct your stylist how you’d like the applied
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