Do you love intricate hairstyles with tons of historical culture and black power? Ghana Braids or banana braids are the looks for you!
WHAT ARE GHANA BRAID HAIRSTYLES?
Ghana braids are straight back braids that start near a central point, usually positioned at the front of the head. These braids are similar to knotless feed in braids except for the reversed overlapping wrapping technique used in every row. These African braids start small and flat against the scalp and gradually grow until they become thick ghana braids.
WHY ARE GHANA BRAIDS SO POPULAR?
Ghana braids are said to originate centuries ago. Some say the style was carried overseas with enslaved African Americans who wanted to keep their heritage and culture. These braids stand out compared to other flat braids or cornrows because of the very sharp and precise parting patterns used.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GHANA BRAIDS & CORNROWS?
We get this question a lot when new guests are thinking about creating their ghana braids.
To start, cornrows braids are always flat against your scalp. They typically run in rows of many optional designs. The cornrow hairstyles are trendy among black women and the African American hair community.
Some cornrow patterns use very unified braiding techniques for very sharp hair looks or zig-zag designs.
Ghana braids are beautiful braids that can start with cornrows but eventually end in braided plaits that shoot straight back. More traditional ghana braid hairstyles start with thin braids or ghana cornrow patterns that originate from a centralized location, usually in the front of the head along the hairline.
The cornrows are then thickened gradually as they become actual braids that continually thicken into big braids. Once the loc reaches a specific jumbo diameter, the thickness is no longer expanded.
Newer braided ghana styles include lovely goddess-styled open-ended hair curls at their tips. This adds a very heavenly and goddess-like appearance to all ghana styles.
HOW MUCH DO GHANA BRAIDS COST?
Ghana braids are going to cost you anywhere from $50 - $150 U.S dollars.
Getting your own ghana style can be accomplished in one of two ways. The most traditional method for obtaining ghana braided hairstyles is to use braiding hair.
Recently with the rise of protective hairstyles, Crochet ghana braids or ghana locs have risen in popularity.
These lovely loc styles are pre-wrapped to save you time and money with the highest quality braiding hair.
Each loc strand offers a pre-looped hair end for faster attachment and easily installs into cornrows or box braids.
Installing such styles is as easy as pie!
INSTALLING GHANA BRAIDS WITH CROCHET PRE LOOPS
For the best and most informational article with picture guides, check out the complete tutorial on how to install crochet hair styles.
In this article, you can find exactly how to part your hair, separate your edges/baby hairs, and how to properly install a pre-looped crochet loc for maximum hold and retention!
Make sure to check it out to complete your own ghana-styled braided hairstyle! If you need some visual examples of some fabulous Ghana Braid updos, then check out some of these.
9 BEAUTIFUL GHANA BRAID HAIRSTYLES FOR STRIKINGLY GORGEOUS RED CARPET LOOKS
Now that you got the look you want, scroll down and learn how you can maintain your ghana braid on your own!!
MAINTAINING GHANA BRAIDS HAIR EXTENSIONS
Now that you have your ghana braids hairstyle picked and you know the method you will use to create them on your own hair; Now it’s time to learn how to properly maintain them to prolong their beauty and keep those braided plaits free of itch and frizz.
FIRST – You will need to get your favorite deadlock shampoo so you can adequately clean your roots and scalp to remove any buildup.
The buildup is the number one killer of any hairstyle. You can handle frizzy hair, but you can’t hide a messy uncleaned style!
SECOND – Go ahead and carefully dab some of your deadlock shampoos in between each ghana braid row and gently agitate the detergent to free up any sebum properly.
THIRD – Rinse out your shampoo from your hair thoroughly. Try not to disturb your three-strand braid pattern.
FOURTH – Once the locs are entirely rinsed, go ahead and dry your head gently. Once your hair is thoroughly dried, go ahead and apply some tea tree oil or nourishing oil like peppermint to help revitalize your scalp. Avoid using a leave-in conditioner as this might cause your locs to appear unclean.
FIFTH – Finish off your hairstyle maintenance and hair care by spot-checking areas that might need some re-twisting or love and care.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a lot more about ghana braids. We hope to see you rocking your own ghana look soon. We have a collection of crochet ghana loc styles for sale in our Faux Loc Shop if you didn’t hear. Make sure to check it out, and don’t forget to leave a comment or review!
WHAT ARE THE BEST HAIRSTYLES TO WEAR WITH GHANA BRAIDS?
Ghana braid styles look great in trendy goddess braids, ponytails, Senegalese twist, and lemonade braids. All these look great, but when you accessorize any style, you not only add aesthetic, but you upgrade your entire outfit! Check out some awesome Ghana loc accessories on our loc accessories & jewelry article.
ARE GHANA BRAIDS CONSIDERED A PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE?
Yes, Ghana locs are a protective hairstyle!
Any hairstyle that prevents over manipulation of hair fibers, protects against environmental elements, and doesn’t add tension to your hair follicles is going to be considered a protective style.
WHAT IS THE BEST HAIR TYPE FOR GHANA BRAIDS?
Natural ghana styles are going to require the use of coarse kinky textured hair fibers. Braiding hair such as Yaki, Marley, Kanekalon, and Remy are great for use with this style.
WHAT ARE POPULAR GHANA BRAID HAIR COLORS?
Ghana braids come in all sorts of colors and shades. Some of the most popular ghana colors are Ombre, Black, Dark Brown, Honey Blonde, Auburn, Blonde, and Burgundy.
HOW LONG DO GHANA BRAIDS LAST?
With proper hair care and maintenance, a ghana braid hairstyle will comfortably last you anywhere from 8-12 weeks!
WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS TO GHANA BRAIDS?
If you are looking to install a ghana braid hairdo for the first time, it’s best to consult a licensed professional or hairstylist. Natural hair will need to be grown to a minimum short hair length.