How to tree braid hair

21 Beautiful Ways to Wear Tree Braids This Season


By Rebecca Puttock | 

Tree braids are a popular protective style. This braiding style involves braiding the extensions onto the root then the rest of the hair is left loose and unbraided. The braided length can be as long or short as you like. So, think of it like a tree with roots and then the loose hair is like the branches. It is a beautiful braided style that you can have done at a hair salon or you can learn how to do it yourself. We know you will love this braided look if you don’t already, so we have found 21 beautiful versions of the style. We have updos, long hair ideas, short styles and more. Any of these will look amazing on anyone.

1. Simple and Stylish Tree Braids

The first hair idea that we have to show you is simple and so stylish. The style features long twists with a side part. It is such an easy to wear look that will suit everyone. Recreate this hairstyle or you can try a shorter or longer length. This look was created with VirtueKinks hair in their signature style VirtureTwists and the hair is available on the Instagram page below in all different colors.

Source: @allthingsvirtuous

2. Tree Braid Ponytail

This next hairstyle is one of our favorites! Here we have a beautiful tree braid ponytail and the hair is multi tone. Different colors have been used from black to blonde. We love everything about this style from the chic and classic updo to the bold colors. Hair like this will wow and it is perfect for those who like to make a statement. If you’re interested in getting these braids, make sure to contact the stylist on her Instagram page to book your appointment. She is located in Atlanta.

Source: @fastest_braider

3. Summery Hairstyles

Summer is coming so now it is time to bring out the more fun hairstyles and accessories. These hairstyles are just perfect. Both have long curls with the braids at the root. One has a half up bun that is adorned with flowers while the other is wearing a floral headband. Both styles are stunning and they are perfect for the summer, festivals and vacations.

Source: @mal_bailey

4. Half Up Tree Braids

Next, we have a cute braided hair idea to show you. For this look we have long tree braids with loose curls. Half of the hair is styled up. The half up style is so pretty and you can recreate this relaxed bun or try a ponytail. We love the color of the hair. Bright shades like this are great for the spring and summer.

Source: @aniitablonde

5. Gorgeous Blonde Hair Idea

Looking for a glam and trendy hairstyle? If so, this could be perfect for you. For this look, the hair features a side braid pattern with long and beautiful curls. The hair also starts with a bright blonde shade which then changes to a darker tone. Hair like this is perfect for those who like their hair to impress. You can recreate this look or use a different blonde shade but the hair will look gorgeous in any color.

Source: @easuellen

6. Chic and Trendy Braids

The next hair idea is another chic and trendy one. This time the hair is mid length and features tree braids with micro passion twists. It is a beautiful and easy to wear look that will suit all ages. Keep it simple like this or you can add other colors to the hair. You could even glam it up with some hair accessories.

Source: @tshanimarithe

7. Bold Tree Braid Updo

We love this next hair idea! The style has tree braids with tight curls and the hair is also multi tone. A few different shades have been used including black, burgundy and red. All of the curls are styled up into a short ponytail with short bangs. This is a fun and statement making hair idea and it is another style that is great for the summer. Recreate this or try the updo in any color.

Source: @cutelooksdar

8. Stunning Braided Hairstyle

If you are looking for a new hairstyle that will wow, then you need to see this. Here we have a stunning tree braid style. The hair features very thin braids which then change to long and very loose curls. Hair like this is so versatile as it will suit any occasion and it will look glam or relaxed depending on how you wear it. This style is perfect for the times where you want to dress to impress.

Source: @beverly_osu

9. Shorter Hair Idea

Looking for a shorter hairstyle? If so, you need to check this out. Here we have tree braids that just hit the shoulders in length. It is a cute, curly and beautiful look. The hair used in this style is called Kima Braid in Ripple Weave.

Source: @gracedesmond1351

You can also see a video tutorial on how these intricate braids were created on the link below:


Blonde and Brown Tree Braids

Next, we have another multi tone look. This style features long tree braids and tight curls. The hair is also a mix of colors from dark brown to bright blonde. It is an edgy, bold and statement making look. You can recreate this style or you can try different shades of blonde and the other colors. Hair like this will look amazing in an updo as well.

Source: @fastest_braider

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Tree braids are derived from cornrows. Cornrows can be traced as far back as 3,000 BCE. The Nok civilization was known to wear cornrows in around 500 BCE to symbolize religion and as social and cultural identifiers, according to FashionWeek. In Ethiopia, according to Ebony, warriors and kings were also known to wear cornrows. 

After Africans were taken to the New World in the Middle Passage, their heads were shaved, but cornrows became prevalent again amongst enslaved peoples as a way of adhering to the requirement that their hair is kept neat.  

During the Black Power movement of the 1960s, cornrows again saw a resurgence in popularity as they became a way of distinguishing young militants from their older counterparts.

Cornrows can still be seen today and are worn both in the United States and Africa. In Africa, they are particularly popular in West Africa and the South Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti), where they denote religion, marital status, economic status, and age, among other identifiers.

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Can provide the aesthetic of weave or hair extensions without sewing, or putting tracks on existing hair; Does not take as long as box braids or crochet braids; Doesn't require chemicals; Can be accomplished with human or synthetic hair; Versatility


Takes longer than weave; Is difficult to accomplish--you will probably need a stylist or extra set of hands to help


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Bra strap length

Classic length

Collarbone length

Shoulder length




Tea tree braids, Invisible braids


Single braids

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$ 200

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4-6 weeks

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What Are Cornrow Tree Braids?

Tree braids are the combination of braids and free-falling extension hair, which resembles having a weave. For this article, we are focusing on the cornrow technique for creating Tree braids.

With this technique, there is free-falling extension hair left out within each cornrow, thus, creating the tree braid effect.

How to: tree braids | step by step | very detailed

How to Do Cornrow Tree Braids?

The synthetic hair is braided into the cornrow, starting at the top. As the stylist braids the hair, a small amount of synthetic hair is left with each portion of the braid; this gives the tree braid its aesthetic.

  1. At the start of the braid, additional synthetic hair should be added with each stitch to create the tree braid effect. Begin by making a few stitches of your cornrow.
  2. Leaving small strands of the extension hair out as you cornrow will create the Tree braid effect.  However, as the stylist moves down the head, it will become necessary to pull existing synthetic hair from the braid without adding more so that the braid doesn't become too thick. Tree braids can be created using braiding hair such as Kanekalon, human hair, or virgin bulk braiding hair. 
  3. After the hair is braided all the way down to the bottom, the cornrow can be secured with a rubber band or stitched down with a sewing needle.

It is recommended that clients sleep with a hair bonnet or scarf over their hair at night and fingerstyle in the morning to preserve the style. However, braid sprays and oils are unnecessary for this braiding technique since the synthetic hair will keep its sheen. Make sure the braids are not too tight, as excessive tightness can cause damage. 

Are Cornrow Tree Braids Versatile?

Cornrow Tree braids are a very versatile style. Tree braids styles are plentiful so, there's something out there for everyone's taste. They can be installed curly, straight, into a bob, long, short, etc. Also, with the braids, you can create updo hairstyles with them if you wish; however individual Tree braids will make it easier to achieve updo looks.

How Long Do Cornrow Tree Braids Last?

They can be worn up or down, withstand exercise, and even swim. If properly cared for, Cornrow Tree braids can last up to 6 weeks. Most women take them down at around the five- or 6-week mark.

They take an average of 3 to 6 hours to install. To remove tree braids, they should be taken down from the bottom up, and it is best to have them removed by a stylist.

How to do tree braids?

Who Are Cornrow Tree Braids Suitable For?

Cornrow Tree braids are a good style for coarse hair textures ranging from 3A to 4C. The style doesn't discriminate between natural, relaxed, or transitioning hair either.

The style shouldn't be too unbearable for those with sensitive scalps but always tell your stylist if they are braiding too tightly. This can not only be uncomfortable but cause unnecessary breakage as well.

When to Wear Cornrow Tree Braids?

Another great thing about Cornrow Tree braids is that they aren't specific to any certain time of the year. They can be worn year-round. However, many opt to wear them in warmer months, as braids are a popular summer hairstyle.

How to do tree braids with expression hair?

Pros and Cons of Tree Braids


  • They take minimal time to install. Cornrow Tree braids are a great braided style option for those looking to cut down on their time spent in a salon chair. Tree braids can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours to install, which is less time than some other braided protective styles.
  • They are a long-lasting protective style. Cornrow Tree braids can be left up from 4 to 6 weeks, which is a long time to keep a style up. That means for 4-6 weeks; you won't have to be bothered with your hair. Not only that, but your hair will be protected during this time; therefore, it'll have room to gain health and grow due to the low manipulation.
  • They give the illusion of wearing a weave. Hair weave is a wonderful protective styling option, but if having more accessibility to your scalp is important, Cornrow Tree braids could be an alternative. The free-falling hair involved with tree braids gives the weave appearance but more freedom to your scalp than a weave. The cornrowed braids underneath the free-falling hair give you direct access to your scalp to moisturize, oil and cleanse it as necessary. This can especially come in handy in warmer months as weave often leaves your scalp hot and without room to breathe. Now, you can achieve a similar weave illusion without trapping your scalp under layers of sewn-in hair.


  • They can cause breakage. Cornrow Tree braids are a fantastic protective style, but they can cause issues if not installed properly. The braids can cause breakage if they cause too much tension on your hair. They can especially cause tension around your edges if the beginning of the cornrow is tugging at your edges too much. This type of hair loss could be long-lasting and lead to Alopecia, a hair condition leading to patches of hair loss.
  • They can be difficult to cleanse. With the extension hair for this braided style being partially left out, it can lead to tangling. The free-falling hair can make getting to your scalp difficult as you don't want to damage the extension hair. If you are going to cleanse your scalp, consider applying your shampoo with an applicator bottle so that it directly touches your scalp. The ORS Herbal Cleanse Hair and Scalp Shampoo is a terrific option because it comes in an applicator bottle. Also, applying a conditioner all over your head, including the extension hair, can help soften it and combat tangling.  

How to weave beautiful braids: 6 options of varying complexity

September 23, 2016LikbezDo it yourself

Weaving braids is not so difficult. The main thing is to understand the basics. The best way to do this is through video tutorials. We have selected six different braids for you and arranged the videos in order of increasing difficulty.



Why it is worth braiding

  1. The braid keeps a beautiful and neat look for a long time. Weaving is not afraid of wind or humidity, does not wrinkle under a hat and is less electrified than loose hair.
  2. Beautiful braids are appropriate everywhere. On the beach, in the office or at a wedding, they will look equally good.
  3. Even if you master only one weave, you can create an infinite number of variations from it. For example, braid two or three braids instead of one. Or decorate your hair with accessories. Ribbons, scarves can be woven into braids, decorative hairpins or hairpins can be added. Fresh flowers will look good in your hair in summer.

How to braid

  1. It is better to start with simple options. Do not rush to weave a complex braid from your hair right away, practice on ribbons or floss threads. Having mastered the principle, you can experiment with the location, number and complexity of braids.
  2. If you are braiding yourself, do not use a mirror, trust your feelings. It is quite difficult to navigate the mirror, it is very confusing in the process.
  3. To make your hair easier to work with, wash it, dry it and comb it well. Mousse or styling gel will also come in handy: thanks to it, the hair will become obedient.
  4. When weaving braids, it is better to use wooden combs. Wood electrifies hair less than plastic, which means it will be easier for you to work with strands.
  5. Alternating the strands according to the scheme, pull them evenly. With practice, you will master any weaving.

6 Braid Options

Two Strand Braid

Two Strand Braid is a twisted two strand ponytail that will suit medium length hair. Weaving can be used for a French braid. A ribbon woven into a bundle will look beautiful.

  1. Divide hair into two sections.
  2. Tie a ribbon to one of them.
  3. Twist each strand into a bundle clockwise.
  4. Twist the bundles counterclockwise. The difference in directions will not allow the braid to fall apart.
  5. Tape the ends of your hair.


This braid captivates with its showiness, although it is very easy to weave. Suitable for shoulder length hair, but looks especially good on long hair.

A simple version is woven from the back of the head.

  1. Divide the hair into two parts.
  2. Separate a thin strand from the left side of the ear and throw it over the top to the right side.
  3. Then separate a thin strand near the right ear and flip it over to the left.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you reach the ends of your hair. Secure the braid with an elastic band or ribbon.

If you want to make the braid more difficult, make a French braid that turns into a fishtail.

French braid

French braid goes well with formal office attire. Weaved on the basis of a braid of three strands. Suitable for long hair and medium length hair.

  1. Divide hair into three sections.
  2. Throw the far right to the center.
  3. Then send the leftmost one there.
  4. Continue until you run out of hair.

For variety, you can only French braid up to the middle of the back of the head. Collect the remaining strands in a bun or, securing with an elastic band, leave in the form of a tail.


At the base is the same three-part braid. Unusual hairstyle give released strands. This braid is suitable even for chin-length hair. It weaves horizontally from the temple. You can collect hair in this way only on one side. Or you can make a symmetrical weave and wear it instead of a headband: styling collects hair and prevents it from getting into your eyes.

  1. Separate a strand of hair at the temple and divide it into three parts.
  2. The beginning is the same as in a regular three-strand braid. Throw the top strand to the center, then do the same with the bottom.
  3. Send the top and then the bottom strands to the center again.
  4. Add a section of hair to the top.
  5. Nothing needs to be added to the bottom. Instead, gather another under the existing bottom strand, separating it from the loose hair. Release the old one. Move the new one to the center.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you reach the middle of the head. Temporarily fix the braid.
  7. Make a symmetrical weave on the other side.
  8. Connect the ends of both braids together and secure with an elastic band or ribbon.

Four-strand braid

The complexity of weaving will allow you to apply this option without embarrassment not only to a woman's hairstyle, but also to a long beard.

Try a straight braid first. When you master weaving, you can make braids from the back of the head or rim using this technique. In order not to get confused, remember that only the outer strands need to be moved.

  1. Divide hair into four sections. Take two strands in your right and two in your left hand.
  2. Stretch the leftmost strand (we will consider it the first one) over the second and under the third. Now in your left hand you will have the second and third strands. The first and fourth will be in the right hand.
  3. Place the rightmost strand (fourth) under the first.
  4. Take the leftmost strand again (second). Swipe it over the next (third) and under the fourth. In your left hand you will have the third and fourth strands. The first and second will be in the right hand.
  5. Pull the rightmost strand under the next one.
  6. Place the leftmost one under the next one and over the next one, transfer it to the other hand.
  7. Move the far right one under the one we just moved.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you reach the end of the strands.
  9. Secure the weave with tape or elastic.

Five-strand braid

The weave is reminiscent of Irish Arana knitting patterns. This option will require training, but braids from many strands look very unusual and bright.

Practice doing a five-strand braid using a high or low ponytail. The tail will hold the hair, and it will be more convenient to work. When you master this method, move on to a hairstyle without a tail or make a French braid with such a weave.

  1. Divide the hair into five equal parts.
  2. Take three medium strands. First, throw the left to the center, then the right - just like in a braid of three strands. Then take the outermost strands of the three middle strands, lift them above the weave and temporarily secure with a clip.
  3. You will be left with a middle strand and two side strands that we haven't touched yet. Of these three strands, throw the leftmost strand to the center. Then send the far right there.
  4. Fix the middle strand with another clip. This will keep the weave from falling apart.
  5. Loosen the strands you lifted. Place them along the edges of the weave.
  6. Take the strands you just worked with: now they are the second and fourth parts in the weave. Lift and secure them over the hair.
  7. Of the remaining three parts, first move the leftmost to the center, then the rightmost.
  8. Fix the middle strand with a clip.
  9. Lower the raised strands, placing them along the edges of the weave.
  10. Lift and fix the second and fourth strands.
  11. Repeat steps 7-10 until the end of the weave.

How to weave Benjamin's ficus between each other

What is called a ficus is actually a weeping fig. Ficus benjamina is a popular plant that can often be seen decorating the interior of apartments and offices. It occurs in a wide variety of shapes and forms. Ficus can be grown as a tall tree with a strong trunk, or as a bushy houseplant with several climbing trunks.

The trunks of this tree are elastic, which makes it possible to give flexible stems of various kinds of shape, and this will make the plant more unique. However braiding this flower into an unnatural shape is not always easy. Florists pay special attention to the topic of the formation of the appearance of the ficus. To make the flower ready to modifications, and did not cause difficulties when weaving trunks, he should pay special attention and care.

Ficus Benjamin indoors

This tree tends to stay relatively small (although eventually pruning is needed to keep it from becoming too big), tender and less thick. Houseplants usually darker leaves and lighter stems.

How to take care of home ficus

Proper care will keep the tree healthy. If you plan to weave trunks, you must follow the rules:

  1. First of all, after acquiring a ficus, you should pay attention to the leaves of the tree, and then wipe them. Often breeders and shops specially process and rub the leaves with special means to maintain a presentable appearance.
  2. It is recommended to repot these trees every few years as the soil gradually compacts and settles and the roots become denser and require more space over time.
  3. However, it is worth immediately determining a place for a flower in the house. Ficuses do not like changes, and with frequent movement, its appearance may fade. In addition, ficus, like other houseplants, can get sick.
  4. Since the wood is surprisingly sensitive, the place for it is chosen carefully. The absence of a draft and sufficient humidity are the main aspects to consider when choosing a room.
  5. Water the trees only as needed (when the surface soil becomes dry). Trees in pots outdoors are watered much more frequently, as increased humidity and light levels encourage vigorous growth. Most plants are sensitive to chemicals found in tap water, and Ficus Benjamina is no exception: it is recommended, if possible, to water it with distilled or treated water. Do not use softened water as it contains a lot of salt.
  6. These trees, like houseplants, benefit from “washing out” of salts from the soil once or twice a year. To do this, you need to take the tree outside (in warm weather) to a shady place and fill the soil with water several times to wash out the accumulated salts.
  7. Keep the indoor tree in as much light as possible, out of direct sunlight. Although this species tolerates very low light well, eventually the lack of light will cause the tree to lose many leaves and look pale. The best solution is to place the plant in direct sunlight.

If you are a ficus fan, get ready take care of him, as this is one of the representatives of the most fastidious plants. The main problem with the tree is that the ficus loses its leaves. Falling leaves is a standard ficus reaction to stress, which may be caused by external factors. The condition of the flower is affected by:

  • Excessive watering or lack of watering.
  • Low humidity.
  • Lack of light.
  • Relocation or frequent transfer.

If the tree is healthy, feel free to start the process giving shape to the stems of the plant.

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Basic rules for weaving ficus Benjamin

It is advisable to start weaving until the stems flowers are young and have elasticity. Ficus weaving is always carried out according to specific rules. They must be adhered to, no matter how weaving is carried out by the method.

The process of forming a figure from stems consists of the following points:

  1. Keeping distance when planting sprouts. It is necessary to maintain a distance of at least 3 cm between the shoots. This contributes to the proper growth of trees.
  2. To soften the stem, water the plant and let it steep. It is recommended to water the flower in the evening, and in the morning you can start wrapping the sprouts.
  3. As soon as new branches begin to appear on the sides of the trunk, they must be cut.
  4. The direction of plant growth must be controlled. For the correct location of all branches, it is recommended that you first create a diagram.
  5. Wet and flexible stems are laid according to a given pattern. You can secure the branches of the plant by carefully tying them with threads.

It is important to monitor the condition of the plant in order to prevent stems growing in the wrong direction.

Ficus weaving options

  • Spiral

ease of implementation. Here you only need to pick up the base, around which the plant will wrap around.

In order to curl the ficus in the form of a spiral, the stems are braided around basics and fix. After the trunks of the plant get stronger, the support is removed.

  • Pigtail

Plant in pot immediately 3-4 ficus sprouts. The stems are the same length, and to start 13 cm will suffice.

moistening the soil, it's time to start weaving. Within a few months you will have to alternately braid the stems into a braid.

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