A good sew-in starts with a solid foundation: your braiding pattern. The right pattern will ensure your tracks remain flat and your style impeccable, whether you want to don a side part, middle part, or throw your hair up in a messy bun.
No two braiding patterns are the same and each of them serves a unique purpose depending on the style you want to achieve. Keep reading to find the braiding pattern to fit your needs, but first, read up on these DOs and DON’Ts to ensure a safe & healthy sew-in experience.
DO shampoo, condition and deep condition your hair beforehand.
If relaxed, DO NOT get a relaxer the day before your appointment. Your hair and scalp are at peak sensitivity after a relaxer which can be damaging. Give your hair at least one week to bounce back, after that, feel free to get weaved up.
DO have freshly trimmed ends. Since your hair will be tucked away for up to two months, you want it to be in tip-top shape for healthy hair growth. Plus, trying to braid with tangled ends isn’t anybody’s cup of tea.
If natural, DO blow hair out with a blow dryer and Denman brush OR put your detangled hair in bantu knots the night before to stretch it out. This will make the braiding process easier.
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DON’T make your braids too tight. This is crucial to protecting against any hair loss.
DO moisturize your scalp. This is another crucial step to promoting healthy hair growth before and during your sew-in.
DO use artificial hair when doing your braiding pattern. This step is optional, but it will greatly help in reducing the tension being placed on your natural hair, especially on anchor braids.*
* Anchor braids are the braids that run along the perimeter of your head and around your leave-out/closure. Having neat and sturdy anchor braids help in making sure you sew-in lays flat.
Now that you’re equipped with the do’s and dont’s of preparing your hair for a protective style, here are instructions on how to do 6 different braiding patterns for the most popular types of sew-ins:
Middle Part with Closure: Tola Revamps
Middle Part with Leave-Out: The Brilliant Beauty
Side Part with Closure: Minnie The Stylist
Side Part with Leave-Out: Simone Sharice
Lace Frontal Braid Down: TT Wells