There are three types of natural hair, VIRGIN NATURAL, CHEMICALLY-TREATED NATURAL, and HEAT-TREATED NATURAL hair.
· Virgin Natural hair is hair that is NOT processed with chemicals nor heat. Hair has three bonds so with virgin natural hair, all three of the hair bonds are unaltered.
· Chemically-Treated Natural hair is hair that is relaxed or textured to take one or two bonds out of the natural state in order to straighten permanently.
· Heat-Treated Natural hair is hair that is pressed / flat-ironed to take one or two bonds out of the natural state in order to straighten temporarily. But with frequent heat application, one of the hair bonds remain altered permanently.
Hair texture is the measure of the circumference of the hair strand itself. Professionals classify the texture of hair as being "coarse", “medium”, or "fine". Coarse hair has the largest circumference, and fine hairhas the smallest.
All hair braiding styles are protective for either VIRGIN NATURAL, CHEMICALLY-TREATED NATURAL, or HEAT-TREATED NATURAL hair. Choosing a protective braiding style that is best suited for an individual’s hair should be considered, e.g. hair texture, elasticity, porosity and density. Also, choosing the right hair braider—with the proper technique & experience and braiding salon to go to—will allow the protective style to be effective. With protective styles, it is not enough to just get the style, home care maintenance of the protective style is also key
Singles/Individual Braids are sub-sections of hair that is braided individually with or without an extension 3 strand or 2 strand (Twist). The braid is created using either natural hair or commecial
hair. For example, box braids or plaits are three-strand braids and twists are two-strand braids. These types of braids can be done with commercial hair added. Commercial hair is made from different fibers.
Invisible braids (also called pick and drop) are very tiny braids that almost appear to be strands of hair, rather than braids. Also, invisible braids are typically 1.5 inches or less in length. These braids are smaller than micro braids. They are difficult to be seen as braids when properly done, unless a person examines the hair closely. Invisible braids commercial human hair, or a blend of both.
Micro braids are tiny, classic braids that are individually or cornrowed into hair with or without (commercial hair) extensions, and generally last for several months. Micro braids can be done with commercial synthetic hair, commercial human hair, or a blend of both.
Cornrow braids, also called cane rows, is a hair braiding style where the hair is braided very close to the scalp with or with extensions. For example, Ghana Braids, Banana Braids, Feed in Corn Rows. This type of braid style can be done with commercial synthetic hair, commercial human hair, or a blend of both.
A sew-in weave is a type of hair extension that is typically done either with synthetic or human hair on a weft. The weave is sewn onto small, tightly woven braids against the scalp to add length and/or help improve natural virgin hair growth.
African Queen Braids are cornrow based tree braids that give sewn-in look. It is a protective hairstyle for preventing your natural hair from both chemical and heat damage but still gives you sew-in weave look. It can be worn every day and for special occasions. There are two kinds of tree braids: corn row tree braids and the individual tree braids. This is done with commercial synthetic hair, commercial human hair, or a blend of both.
Zip braids uses the three-strand braiding technique that is used to create braid that looks like a zipper. This style is great for improving growth or achieving a short look braiding style on long natural hair.
Coil braids are done using the two-strand braiding technique to achieve a short, healthy, protective braiding style that improves growth
Crochet braid is cornrow based style that help improve hair growth when done properly.