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Braiding, sometimes also called a weave, is a type of a human hair style. Many hair and beauty salons specialize in different styles of braiding that produce different looks. Always discuss a hairstyle with a stylist before getting started. Several terms associated with human hair braiding are listed below.

  • Relaxer – While some types of hair relaxing products are sold over the counter, it is recommend that this product be applied in a beauty salon by a professional stylist, as it uses a good deal of chemicals that can severely damage hair if not use properly. It temporarily relaxes the curls of stiff hair to make it easier for braiding, but it will have to be applied again in 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Micro Styles – The name comes from the extremely small size of the braid. The stylist weaves human hair extensions that can be the same or different colors into the natural hair. This style is good for adding length to short hair and many accessories, such as pins can be added to the hair.
  • Hair Extensions – Hair accessories that are made from from actual human hair as well as synthetic materials. They are used to lengthen natural hair. Various options abound, including clip in, sewn and weaved extensions.
  • Flat Twist – A style where the hair is twisted against the scalp and braided. The overall look is thicker than an average braid.
  • Cornrow – Somewhat similar to style to the flat twist, in that the hair is braided against the scalp. However, in the cornrow style the hair is kept in straight lines and is not twisted.
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    Ravens Cornrows & Weaving
    3557 Hastings Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28311
    Offering inexpensive cornrows and hair weaving-glue ins only. Make us your first choice for all your braid needs and hairstyling. We're experienced, professional, and affordable. Stop by Ravens Cornrows & Weaving.
    (910) 850-3296
    Bold & The Beautiful
    422 Wood St, Georgetown, SC 29440
    (843) 527-6615
    Salon Envy
    160 N Dargan St, Florence, SC 29506
    (843) 669-4480
    Sira's African Braid
    312 E 4th St, Lumberton, NC 28358
    (910) 608-3222
    Maes Braiding and Styling Salon
    2421 2nd Loop Rd, Florence, SC 29501
    (843) 662-1999
    Hambone Cuts & Styles
    1206 W Evans St, Florence, SC 29501
    (843) 629-1238
    African Braids
    284 W Evans St, Florence, SC 29501
    (843) 292-9299
    Queen Nikki African Braids
    2008 2nd Loop Rd, Florence, SC 29501
    (843) 678-8591
    Mama African Braids
    2956 Owen Dr Ste 120, Fayetteville, NC 28306
    (910) 486-6662
    African Braiding
    6424 Tarbert Ave, Fayetteville, NC 28304
    (910) 867-2054
    Kool Kreations
    402 Washington Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28301
    (910) 323-0047
    Amazon Braids & Hair Weaving Salon
    131 Person St, Fayetteville, NC 28301
    (910) 486-4799
    Weave Express Fayetteville
    1047 Murchison Rd Ste 122, Fayetteville, NC 28301
    (910) 339-2380
    Chinwes African Hair Braiding
    1333 Ramsey St, Fayetteville, NC 28301
    (910) 977-1454
    Nana's Hair Braiding
    5111 Yadkin Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303
    (910) 822-8868


    Salon braiding is generally sought out by mostly women, however some men also enjoy braided hair styles. Many beauty salons tend to specialize in this type of styling technique. Commonly, many of these beauty salons also offer light perms and also hair relaxation treatments. The treatments that make the hair curlier are perms, and treatments that straighten the hair out are referred to as relaxing treatments. Historically, braiding has only been popular in African cultures, but it has become more common among other cultures. Hair style braiding specialists offer numerous styles. For example, cornrows are the kind of braid that runs across the person's head from front to back. Twist braids look like natural dreadlocks. Micro braids are very small braids that blend into the natural hair. Hair extensions are commonly used with micro braids. Braiding with an extension is sometimes also called weaving. These salons also sell accessories and products designed to properly care for braided hair. Accessories may include clasps and pins. Beauty salons may also sell wigs that simulate the various braided styles. They offer advice on hair care and maintenance. Stylists, obviously, also cut and color hair and sell salon quality supplies and products. Prices vary, depending on the style and what other stylist work that needs to be done. Although braiding is primarily offered to women, some men seek professional braiding services, especially for special occasions. Most of the complicated and tight braiding styles are designed to improve the look of and take advantage of the particular qualities of hard to style hair. Men often seek braiding services, generally cornrows. Products used in braiding include hairsprays, hair pins, and needles and glue for weaving.
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