How to braid twists into afro hair without going to a salon

Sep 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. ET
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Braiding your own hair is actually very simple. I'm not going to lie, it's very time-consuming and can take several hours depending on the length and thickness of your braids. But on the plus side, you can keep them in for as long as you care to maintain them.

There are a couple of different ways to twist your hair using hair extensions but I've found that this is the easiest way to do it yourself, because who has time to spend hours at the salon?

1. Grab a portion of hair extensions

Hair extensions

The thickness will depend on how thick you want your braid. Use less hair for skinnier, lighter braids.

Two sections of hair extensions

2. Separate your selected portion into two sections

Step 1 of making a braid

3. "Make" your braid

Lay one section of the hair over the other in a criss-cross pattern.

Step 2 of making a braid

Pull one set over the other so they are interlocked.

Step 3 of making a braid

The pieces should be even and the same length when held together.

What your braid should look like

4. Plant the braid

Grab a section of your hair. It can be as small or as big as you want — the bigger it is, the fewer braids you'll have on your head.

A section of hair for braiding

Separate the selected section into three smaller sections.

Hair split into 3 sections

Then, separate your braid into three sections — two of the four pieces will be held together.

Braid split into 3 sections

Match each of the three sections of the braid up with a section of your hair and then plait it into your hair.

Planting a braid

Keep going until the braid is firmly locked into your hair.

Braiding extension into your hair

5. Twist the braid

Split the three sections of hair into just two sections and then start twisting them around each other.

Twisting the braid

Twisting the braid all the way to the end

Keep going until you get to the end of the braid and then simply twist the end between your fingers until it reaches a point where it no longer unravels.

Twisted hair braid

You can also apply anti-frizz gel to your hair at this time. I like this Smooth Edges anti-frizz conditioning gel by African Pride.

Anti-frizz gel

6. Seal the braid

This is an optional step to permanently keep your twists from unraveling. Simply apply heat to the end of your braids with a flat iron on braid sealer. You can also heat seal your braids with hot water.

Heat seal your braids

And you're done!

Hair braiding tutorial

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