Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long does my hair have to be, to be braided? Short hair (3 to 4 inches) can usually be braided into what I call a Classic hair braid style. Short, layered hair can be braided with a French technique which will tuck in all those loose ends. The thicker the hair is, the longer it must be to be braided.
2. Does it hurt to be braided? The fact is, each individual has a unique amount of pain sensors on their scalp. Some people love to have someone "play with" their hair and for other the experience is just something to have to "get through". I want your hair braiding experience with me to always be a pleasant one. I strive to be as gentle as possible.
3. What is the most strands you can braid? The hair is the limit. The most I have had opportunity to braid is 23 strands, in a hat style.
4. What is the longest hair you have ever braided? About 5 & 1/2 ft.
5. Can you do cornrows? I do a cornrow (Dutch) technique but "Cornrow Styles" usually take a long time to complete and are better suited for those who specialize in them. I tend to focus on hair braid styles that are better suited for caucasian hair and that can be completed in a relatively shorter period of time.
6. Will you cut my hair? And: Do you need a license to do that? I do not cut hair, I only braid it. Licensing is state regulated and varies by state. The trend is toward de-regulation in most states now.
7. Do you clean those combs? My combs are disinfected between each person. I also wash my hands between each person, just like your hairdresser should.
8. What is that you are using on your hands? Hair Gel. It helps me hang onto straight, slippery, caucasian hair and it helps your braid last longer.
9. How did you learn to do this? My mother and maternal grandmother taught me when I was a child. I also had two sisters with long hair to braid for school each day.
10. Can you braid wet hair? Yes, but it is not my preference. Wet hair is harder to gather up smoothly, it breaks easier, and it takes longer. Braiding wet hair makes me feel like I am going in slow motion.
11. Should my hair be freshly washed? It is not essential but most of my customers want to start with clean hair so they can get the most wear out of their hair braid style.
12. Do your hands hurt after braiding all day? Other than when I was very pregnant, I have never had so much as a cramp. I attribute this to many years of milking the family cow while growing up on a farm.
13. Can you braid my XXX? Horse? Doll? Wig? Beard? Mustache? Bald head (about a hundred times a day)? The most unusual request: "Say, can you braid my back hair?" from a huge Viking. He was joking thank goodness. If it can be braided (or not) I have probably been asked to do it.