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Nylon Braiding Hair Extension Techniques

Nylon extensions are popular for people who use synthetic hair extensions especially for braiding. Nylon braids can come in natural hair colors as well as bright neon colors for those people who want an alternative look. There are several nylon braiding hair extension techniques that you can use to create the latest hairstyle.

Here is a brief look at some of the different nylon braiding hair extension techniques. In addition, braids have a long, rich cultural history. You can read about it here.

3 Nylon Braiding Hair Extension Techniques

Box Braids

Box braids have been around for thousands of years and are one of the best nylon extension braiding techniques. These braids got their name because the braiding uses four strands and the natural hair is divided into box or square shaped partings.

Box braids may be thin or thick braids depending on personal preference. When using nylon braiding in your box braids you need to start by wrapping the nylon extensions around the natural hair sections to hold the extensions in place.


Cornrows are another nylon extension technique that is often used to create a personal hairstyle. Plaiting the natural hair creates cornrows and synthetic hair extensions tightly against the scalp from front to back or from side to side.

Small strips of hair are braided in row after row in straight lines or in complicated geometric patterns. Often times,colorful nylon hair extensions are used to make the cornrows to make a distinct hairstyle that is customized to the look each individual wants.

Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are braids where the hair extensions are added after the hair is braided into cornrows by adding the synthetic hair using a latch hook and working the extensions under and around the cornrows, keeping them close together. Once the extensions are added, they can be left loose flowing or braided themselves depending on the hairstyle you want to create.

Choose High Quality Nylon Extensions

For nylon braiding hair extensions, you will want to choose the highest quality nylon extensions that you can find, since most hair extensions are left in the hair for long periods of time and you want them to hold up and look good for the entire time the extensions are in.

How to Care for Nylon Braided Hair Extensions

Nylon extensions braided into your natural hair should only be washed if the extensions or hair smell or visibly dirty, because washing nylon extensions too often can damage the extensions and leave your braids looking messy.

Start by thoroughly rinsing your hair with cool or lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, because the heat from the hot water can damage the nylon hair causing it to frizz and shrink.

When washing your hair with your nylon braid extensions, choose a mild shampoo specifically made for synthetic hair, such shampoo can be purchased at a synthetic wig shop or wherever synthetic hair is sold. Use only your fingertips to gently work the shampoo down the length of the braids, and then rinse again using cool water until all the soap and dirt is removed from your hair and the extensions.

Nylon braiding hair extension techniques can be great looking with proper care. You can even try it when you learn how to French braid your own hair