Braids are a major tradition for Afro-Caribbean women.
The styling process - made using either extensions or synthetic or natural hair - creates a multiplicity of looks and styles. In general, people opt for a traditional cornrow or single braids - extensions are used mostly for convenience. Extensions are mostly used to prevent the braids from fraying, slipping or expanding and on the whole, more durable.
PROS OF SYNTHETIC HAIR -
Great for cornrows and individual braids
Easy to wash, condition and dry, and it doesn’t expand.
CONS OF SYNTHETIC HAIR -
Take care not to pull your hair when braiding with synthetic extensions. Braiding hair too tightly is one of the most significant causes of permanent hair loss in women.
If you feel pain when braiding, take the braids out immediately. If you wait too long you could cause traction baldness.
PROS OF HUMAN HAIR EXTENSIONS -
The colour can be changed very easily to match your precise specifications.
CONS OF HUMAN HAIR EXTENSIONS -
Human hair braids are not as durable as synthetic and you cannot wash them so often.