How to Do Ghana Braids

by Shaleah Patterson

Ghana braids, also called feed-in braids, are similar to cornrows. Ghana braids are common for the African culture and for African Americans and are considered tribal braids. To fully execute Ghana braids properly, you must already know how to braid cornrows. Ghana braids are cornrow braids with added hair to make a sharp edge on the braids.

Step 1

Part the hair either down the middle or on the side of the head. Double check to see if the part is straight. To hold the rest of the hair, put in a hair tie or hair clip to keep the remainder if the hair from getting in the way of the braid. The part should be pretty thin to make a medium sized braid. Then take a thin layer of the hair you will add and divide it into three parts. To do that, fold one layer of hair over the other to make three ways.

Step 2

Begin to braid at the beginning of the scalp with the thin layer of hair. After two or three rows, remove the added in hair and continue braiding with the person’s natural hair. Keep your hand tight as you add hair so the braids won’t come loose. Continue to add and remove the added hair to make a straight line effect.

Step 3

Finish up the braid with a normal cornrow. The braid should be thin in the beginning and should then eventually begin to get thicker as the braid goes across the back of the head. Repeat the same process for the entire head of hair. The braid is supposed to go from thin to thick so add and remove hair as needed.

Items you will need

  • Extra hair
  • Comb
  • Hair clip or hair tie

Photo Credits

  • beautiful Asian girl with braids image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Shaleah Patterson has been writing since 2001. Whether it was non-fiction novels in composition notebooks or poems, songs and newspaper articles, Shaleah has always had a passion for writing. Patterson's work has appeared in various online publications. She has attended Dutchess Community College, and is currently attending Jefferson Community College.