How to Do Invisible Braids

by Ava Perez

Invisible braids are versatile and easy to style.

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Invisible braids are so called because they are very tiny and make it hard to tell if they are actually braids or loose hair. Also called micro braids, the braids are used to attach hair extensions to your natural hair. The braid portion is visible only at the root, which can give the illusion of naturally long hair. Alternatively, you can braid the hair down to the tips for a full head of fine braids. Application can take up to 8 hours depending on how thick your hair is.

Items you will need

  • Hair extensions
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Shea butter or hair oil
  • Hair clips
  • Rat-tail comb
Step 1

Start with clean, dry hair. Your hair should be healthy and strong before applying invisible braids. Braids are heavy and can apply stress to your scalp so avoid this style if your hair is very damaged.

Step 2

Prepare the extensions by combing them through to remove and tangles. Divide the hair into 1/4-inch sections and lay them flat next to your work area.

Step 3

Squirt a quarter-sized amount of hair oil into your palm. Rub your palms together then apply the oil to your hair, beginning at the scalp and working your way down to the tips. Run your comb through your hair to evenly distribute the oil.

Step 4

Separate your hair into quarters. You should have two sections in the front of your head and two in the back. You will be working on one section at a time so clip all but one of the sections out of your way.

Step 5

Use the tip of your rat-tail comb to select a 1/4-inch section of hair. Begin at the hairline and work inward.

Step 6

Divide this small section of hair into three equal pieces for braiding. Braid the hair by crossing the left section over the center and then the right over the center. Stop after you have braided the hair about 1/2 inch.

Step 7

Hold the tip of the braid with one hand and grab your first section of extension hair with your other. Hold the extension hair in the center. You should have equal lengths of hair on either side of the braid you are holding; a small loop will be created at the center.

Step 8

Place the center loop of the extension hair flat against your scalp, right under the end of your braid. Pull the braid through the loop and hold the entire bundle tightly at their connection.

Step 9

You should now have three hair sections: half of the extensions on the left, the end of the braid in the center and the other half of the extensions on the right.

Step 10

Braid the extensions into your natural hair using the three sections you created. Braid the hair tightly to keep the extensions securely in place.

Step 11

Stop braiding when you want the braid to stop. You may choose to just have short braids with lots of loose hair or you may decide to braid the entire length of hair.

Step 12

Lock the braid in place by taking three strands of extension hair and wrapping them around the entire end of the braid to create a loop. Pull the strands through the loop, and then pull upward to tighten and close the knot. Repeat for extra security.

Step 13

Repeat steps 5 to 12 for the entire head.

Tips

  • Invisible braids can be kept in for up to three months. Choose natural human hair extensions if you plan on curling or straightening your hair with heat. Artificial hair extensions are cheaper but cannot be heated. Apply a deep-conditioning treatment once a week to keep your braids in good condition.

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About the Author

Ava Perez cut her journalism teeth in 2005 while balancing her university studies with a voracious appetite for fashion, music and beauty. Her music reviews, interviews and editorials have been published in numerous magazines worldwide. She specializes in writing beauty, health and fitness-related articles for various websites. Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from York University.