Braiding hair has boomed over the last decade, and people are experimenting with their braided hairstyles more and more. Braid styles and cornrows have gone mainstream, and we’re seeing all colors, lengths, and styles emerging. Pre-stretched is a term I recently came across.
What’s nice about braided hairstyles is they are so easy to wear. But what if your hair is short and grey… or even thin? And you want long thick goddess braids that taper out naturally?
Maybe you’ve had braids before, and they look unnatural when you have used your braiding hair. Or you simply fight with the braiding hair to stretch it to make your braids appear natural. Whatever your braiding hair issue, I’m sure pre-stretched braiding hair can eliminate some of your hair stresses.
What is Braiding Hair?
Pre-stretched braiding hair is hair extensions. It isn’t usually human hair and is a fiber that can get tangly. This hair comes loose with no bond for application because it is used to braid into the hair. Usually, this hair type comes long. The braiding hair can also tangle because of its length.
Why use Braiding Hair?
Braiding hair is used to lengthen or pack out braids, giving them a fuller and longer effect. It also can be braided in tight to lock in frizzy shorter hairs and keep the braiding pattern looking neat. When it’s tight and neat, it will last longer in its style, meaning you can go on without having to style it at home daily.
Pre-stretched Braiding Hair and How?
So, using pre-stretched braiding hair means you no longer have to stretch the braiding hair. I have used classic braiding hair before and pre-stretched would have saved me stress. Stretching classic braiding hair requires a bit of time and skill and can easily knot to the point of being unusable, so wouldn’t it be nice to be supplied ready stretched?
Check out these different types of braids that are perfect to achieve with pre-stretched braiding hair.
Box braids are a beautiful classic braided hairstyle. Using pre stretched braiding hair will taper out those ends and add super lengths, no more blocky fake looking hair or fighting to stretch your braiding hair. Loose and long is how to wear them, and we love it.
Classic cornrows styles in straight lines are simple and edgy. Using pre-stretched braiding hair will help the scalp braids stand out, giving extra drama to the corn rows, while trailing long and thin, giving a natural effect to your braided hairstyle.
Love a bit of bulk in your braided hairstyles? Chunky braids, like bubble braids for black hair, are simple but powerful. Giving us the diva feels, this look will certainly turn heads. Using pre-stretched braided hair will add bulk at the root and skinny away towards the ends.
Get your colorful pre-stretched braided hair ready for the festival season. Maybe you’re just a color chameleon and love a rainbow braid, and you have a cool event to shine at or even just fancy a bit of drama in your braided hairstyle.
Up, up and away! This look is for those of you that like to wave goodbye to hair getting in your way. Waking up looking like this certainly will feel good, and you can get away with a super long trailing ponytail, paired with your pre-stretched braiding hair; you’ll look fire.
Half Up Half Down Braided Hair
Do you want tribal half-up half-down braids? Maybe you need to go for this with your braids, braided in place for the best of both worlds; this pre-stretched braided look offers the versatility you need for those who can’t make their minds up.
Thin Box Braids Hair Style
Like a little more flex? Maybe you’re into skinny box braids. These looks are easier to tie away or wear in different styles. The skinny braids are a perfect option for those of you that like to wear your pre-stretched braids in different hairstyles, maybe up, maybe half, maybe in a bun, maybe down – either way, they all look cool.
Shoot your shot with a top knot to show off your peekaboo braids. Maybe you’re looking for something with bulky volume, keeping it tucked and neat; twist your colored pre-stretched braided hair away in a braided bun.
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S-bends and sculpted scalp braids are super cool for something alternative. Maybe you love cornrows but are just sick of being so straight up? Pre-stretched braiding hair will tail off, ready to whip your hair.
Triangular Box Braids
We’re feeling the geometrics at the root of this look. Who doesn’t love box braids? Pre-stretched hair used with this look will add a new dimension of length, and the pattern at the root simply looks epic.
Faux Hawk Braided Style
The faux hawk is pretty cool because you can use pre-stretched braiding hair in the middle section, adding height and drama, while braiding back the natural hair to keep it flatter and neater at the sides.
Ombre Braided Hair
Maybe you want to add color without actually coloring your hair? Use an ombre shade of pre-stretched braiding hair to get a gradient in your look. How nice is it to be able to completely avoid chemicals, keeping your hair condition intact?
Edges and Quirky Cornrows
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Get your edges perfectly waved with a unique cornrow design. This look is for the perfectionist in you and looks cute. Feeding in pre-stretched hair will help these braids stand out while playing with your edges for creative fun.
Evely Davies is a British writer and hairdresser who has experience working in hair media. She has written how-to articles, done education videos, photographic work, covered live events, and so on. She’s an all-around stylist and has worked backstage and on stage at high-end celebrity events and product launches. She’s also gone to the other end of the scale and cut hair on beaches, campsites, and hostels. When Evelyn is not behind the chair or writing, you can find her hiking, camping, and backpacking.