Fishbone braids, also called the Herringbone Braids, are moderately simple braids. However, when done on African-American hair, these braids can be a bit more difficult. When working on African American hair, you must use a gentle touch because black hair is fragile and may break if handled roughly.
When creating the fishbone braids, it is important to maintain consistent tension on the hair. When working with African American hair, you will want to use a large-toothed comb to avoid pulling the hair out when combing it. It is best to first practice creating the braid, then work on created a smooth version of it by keeping the hair pulled taut.
It is important to moisturize African American hair frequently, especially when it is braided. Don't use mousse, gels or hair sprays because the will weaken and dry the hair. Instead, use leave-in conditioners and styling lotions. While wearing your braids, you should only shampoo your hair once a week. If you wash it more often than that, you may strip out natural, essential oils. Between washes, it is fine to rinse you hair with warm water and apply a leave-in conditioner.
It may take one or two tries to get the fishbone braids exactly how you like them. It is a matter of keeping the right tension, but not being too rough, but once you've perfected the technique you'll find you really like them.
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