Feed-in braids have become one of the hottest hair trends on the scene. These types of braids are created by "feeding-in" pieces of hair extensions to the main braid so that it gradually grows in size. It gives the illusion that the hair is directly growing from the scalp, which comes in clutch for styles that requires synthetic hair. This type of styling allows for a more natural look at the hairline and it protects your edges and hairline from excessive tension from heavy hair extensions thus, reducing the likelihood of traction alopecia (or loss of hair from the hairline.) And for women of color, tight braids or pulling the hair back too tight is one leading cause of this type of hair loss.
These braids come in many different styles, textures, lengths, and shapes. The good thing about feed-in braids is they do less damage to our hair and are even better for fine hair and they can be worn for at least two weeks to six weeks. Our natural hair needs room to grow and keeping braids in longer can damage our hair follicles. It's also easier to keep the scalp clean since the braids start with your real hair. While regular braids can take 5 to 6 hours, feed-in braids can take a whole lot longer. Be prepared to sit for 5-9 hours. This styling method can be more expensive than traditional knotted braids. But this depends on the stylist.
Here are a few feed-in braid looks that are trending on the 'Gram:
Classic Straight Backs
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