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Kanekalon Braids Are Officially a Thing and Not Only for Natural Hair

It goes without saying that braids are one of the hottest trends right now. But not every girl has the length and volume to achieve the exact look they want when it comes to creating cool braided looks. Synthetic hair has always been an option, but now kanekalon hair has become the go-to for ladies wishing to pump up their braids. Using these extensions is easy because they are stylish, incredibly soft and durable.

What Is Kanekalon?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with kanekalon, this hair extension is by far the best for braid styles because of its composition. For 50 years, kanekalon has been a world-renowned synthetic fiber made of modified acrylic fibers that stem from acrylonitriles and vinyl chloride, if you want to get technical. Basically, this fiber is ideally available for synthetic hair because it closely resembles human hair thanks to its natural softness.

This fiber is often creamy or white and comes in a variety of lengths, crimp levels and deniers. It contains an array of shrinking potentials and is easy to seal with steam and other related methods. The best quality of kanekalon hair is Futura because it’s the most heat resistant-taking the worry out of styling. Ultima hair is also high quality and most resembles human hair because its made with natural collagen protein that lends a rich, moisturized feel.

Putting in Kanekalon Braids

Now that we’ve got the basics of this type of hair extension down, it’s essential to know the best way to put in these fantastic braids. The most common method is feed-in braids with kanekalon hair that can be achieved through a variety of styles. If you’re unfamiliar with this process, this video perfectly demonstrates how it can be done.

Once you’re sure of your color, be aware of the thickness of your natural hair. Choose smaller braids if you have thinner hair and larger ones for thicker hair to assure that your own hair can withstand the process. Before you put in your braids, make sure your hair is fully washed, moisturized. and brushed out. You’ll also want to be certain it’s free of any and all knots and tangles. Give your scalp a good massage as well.

Following an instructional video is ideal if you’re putting in your own kanekalon braids. Make sure to section off your hair with a fine-toothed comb and secure the extension at the root of your hair using a firm gel. As you braid your hair with the synthetic extensions, go easy on the pulling so you don’t damage the root and follicle of your natural hair.

Caring for Kanekalon Braids

You can absolutely switch up the variety of your braided hairstyles, but keep in mind that hair must be changed after 8 weeks maximum. You still want to maintain the health of your natural hair. While kanekalon hair can withstand a lot of heat, you should let your hair air dry after using a gentle shampoo to limit excessive exposure to heat.

If you plan to keep your braids in for a while, there are ways you can add moisture to your hair. Jojoba oil is a very balanced and moisturizing oil that you should apply to your hair regularly, regardless of extensions or not! A little goes a long way when it comes to hair oil.

Once you’ve got your braids in place, it’s ideal to sleep with a satin head scarf wrapped around your head to keep in moisture and to maintain the security of your beautiful braids. Spritzing your hair with a water-based (not alcohol-based) moisturizer will keep both your hair and the extensions soft and the frizz out!

Get Creative

When it comes to braid styles, the options are truly endless. Summer is upon us, so don’t be afraid to try out bold colors and chunky, patterned styles. Kanekalon braids are not only practical but of the finest quality and appeal. These braids let you embrace the hot color trends of the season without the commitment of a full dye job.

Give just a hint of color by adding a contrast color to your existing hair color, like this pink and blonde look.

Adding in long kanekalon extensions gives you free reign over your styling choices so you can keep your box braids down or rock a rainbow half up style with bun.

Cool blue is a great contrast color for black hair. Darker, cobalt blue that fades to teal makes for a great ombre style.

Chunky Ghana braids are all the rage this season, but who says you only need two? You can keep your kanekalon braids the same color as your natural hair, but switch up the style by experimenting with different braid widths.

If you can wear as many braids as you want, then that should apply to bantu knots, too! Twirl braids into multiple sections for a playful look. Adding just one pop of color keeps it all subdued.

This look is extra playful thanks to the added colorful wrapped strands and hair jewelry. It’s perfect for an outdoor festival.

If you’re looking to add some extensions to your look this season; the search is over when you choose kanekalon braiding hair. The beautiful and soft hair can withstand a good amount of heat and adventures that the summer may take you on! Be sure to care for your extensions as well as your own hair so you’re always ready to rock some banging braids-whenever and however you choose.

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Article written by Rachel Scott for The Right Hairstyles

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Kaitlyn Dever
Kaitlyn Dever
Feb 22, 2022


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