Whether you are braiding your horse at the stables for the visual and health benefits or preparing for your next horse show, the cost of professional horse braiding can be quite expensive. If there are additional grooming and work needed, this price can climb yet again. If you regularly show your horse or attend events, this price can add up very quickly throughout a season.
For a fraction of the average yearly price for professional services, you can assemble a braiding toolkit and learn this skill yourself. Often, everything you will need can be obtained for less than the price of a single braiding. While learning to braid your horse will require some time and patience, the end result will be an exceptional appearance with substantial savings. Best of all, your horse can enjoy the health benefits of braiding and the personal time spent braiding will serve to strengthen the bond between you and your horse.
With the resources available on the Internet, learning to braid a horse has never been easier. Whether you prefer a book, video tutorials or picture guides, step by step instructions for many of the most popular brands are available online at affordable prices. From the American Style Hunter Ghana braids and Dressage Braid to the stunning Continental Braid and Scalloped Braid, there are a plenty of options from which to choose. The American Style Hunter Braid is a great Ghana brands for beginners as it can be easily transformed into a variety of other Ghana braids and is easy to learn.
DIY Ghana Braids Tutorial
Once you have chosen a style you would like to learn, you will need to gather some equipment to complete the job. While pre-assembled horse tail and mane braiding kits are available at many tack stores and online retailers, you can often assemble a great kit on your own at a local tack store and general store. Tools commonly used for horse mane and tail braiding include a mane brush, binding material, hair fasteners, yarn or thread and a tool to thread the Ghana braids. A crochet hook, yarn needle or rug hooking tool are great for this purpose.
All that is left is to pull up a step-ladder or stool and start practicing. Before you know it, you will be braiding your own horse like a professional at a fraction of the cost. The sooner you start, the more money you can save.
Ghana Braids – The Benefits of Braiding
Keeping your hair braided with Ghana braids can provide many benefits. Not only is it a convenient hairstyle, but it serves as a protective style that will help your natural hair grow faster. Braids will help lock the moisture into your hair and prevent excessive split ends my shielding your hair from heat damage, dryness and over styling.
Many people find that braiding the hair at night with Ghana braids is the best hairstyle to wear while sleeping because it reduces the damage-causing friction that is produced by rubbing against the bed sheets and pillow fibers.
Of course, you must properly maintain your Ghana braids in order to reap the full benefits of wearing braids. Always remember to do the following:
• Detangle your hair beginning from roots to the scalp. Always use a wide-tooth comb.
• Deep condition and moisturize your hair before braiding.
• Avoid braids that are too tight, especially around the temples. Braids that are pulled tightly will lead to traction alopecia.
• Keep your hair moisturized with a leave-in conditioner or Braid Sheen. Do not allow your braids to get dry and brittle.
• Wear a silk cap while sleeping. This will help your Ghana braids last longer and keep them moisturized.
• Wash and condition your Ghana braids every other week. Keep them clean and free from oil buildup and perspiration.
• Experiment by wearing your hair in different styles. Do not consistently wear your hair up in the same style. This can also cause much traction and even breakage.
Ghana Braids – Tree Maintenance and Tips
Easy Tricks for Tree Ghana Braids
Tree Ghana braids are very popular right now in Ghana hairstyles. Although it is easier to have them done by a qualified stylist, not all of us can afford the cost of visiting a salon. Therefore, if you want to add extensions to your hair on your own using the tree braid method, knowing a few tricks would be helpful.
The first thing you need to know is how to cornrow, because the cornrow Ghana braids are what the tree braids will be created from.
Before you start your braiding, wash and condition your hair, then comb a lightweight styling gel through it to help hold the braids.
Section the hair into 3 main sections and clip them apart individually so that the hair does not become tangled and you do not become confused as to what selection of hair goes where. (This is easy to do when doing cornrows)
Start in the middle of the middle section, take a very small section of hair, and divide it to begin a 3-strand braid, pick up the next section from under the opposite side, and add it in from underneath. Repeat and continue for each section. Try to keep the tension uniform throughout the entire process as this will ensure that the Ghana braids is even and tight enough to last, without being painful or causing breakage.
The tricks are to work with clean and hydrated hair, to keep the hair damp from start to finish, to use only a light gel for hold, and to take frequent breaks to avoid becoming tired and having sore arms.
To incorporate tree Ghana braids into the cornrow style, follow these tricks.
After the first 3 or 4 crossovers, add a small section of hair extension to the under part of the next cross-section. Then do a few more crossovers, add another piece of extension, etc. The fewer crossovers between each added section of extension make it harder to tell that there are extensions. If you want a chunkier look, take a bigger section of both natural and extension hair. Always add the sections to the under part of the crossover, this helps create a more natural look and a firmer Ghana braids. Recommended to read: Modern Braided Mohawk hairstyles.