Pros and Cons of Micro Braids

Micro braids, as the name suggests, are the tiniest form of braided hairstyles. In certain cases, micro braids can be used to emulate a non-braiding hairstyle as well. Although quite popular, the style is still unique. 

How are micro braids installed

How are micro braids installed

Micro braids are predominantly installed using human hair extensions. Synthetic hair extensions are also applicable for the hairstyle, there is no such restriction regarding that. 

However, the aforementioned hairstyle is not extension-centric. It can be done on your own hair as well. In case you go down this route, you know what the drills are. You have extensively prepared your hair for such a pressurizing hairstyle.

The styling or installation process is almost identical to the method of installing box braids. You just take small sections of your hair and start tingling them. You may choose to leave the ends loose, or braid them till the end, depending on your preference. 

Pros of Micro Braids:

Pros of Micro Braids:
  • Protective Style: Smaller sections mean more of your hair strands are getting covered. Therefore, those strands get to stay tucked in the braids and stay away from the harsh conditions outside. Your hair remains shielded and fresh throughout the period you are holding on to the style.
  • Long-lasting: Micro braids are one of the most durable braided hairstyle options you can choose from. Unlike the other styles, this one lasts easily for two to three months. You do not have to worry about it getting ruined at all, but sometimes you might as well give it a touch-up in that period of three months. 
  • Does not call for intense maintenance: As mentioned just a while ago, micro braids can stay as it is for a prolonged period of time, you do not need to worry too much about their maintenance. Easier to take care of means, less stress, more energy, and less cost. 
  • Versatility: Micro braids act as a really good foundation for another further array of styles. You can explore different looks on yourself without having to remove the braids. Micro braids are a great choice for experimental, or adventurous people. 
  • Amazing looks: Micro braids do not get frizzy at all. This ensures a sleek look, as well as less pain for you. The length of your hair strands will look classy and beautiful.

Cons of Micro Braids:

Cons of Micro Braids:
  • Can cause hair fall and breakage: Micro braids are the tightest braided hairstyle. This tightness is important for the style, but it is just too much for many. The enormous stretch of this tightness levies on the scalp and the root of the strands eventually leads to breakage. 
  • Takes too long to install: Since you have to work with really small sections of your hair at a time, it takes twelve consecutive hours to install micro braids. Getting it done by a professional may take less time since they are experts in their work, but it still will take a few hours. 
  • Takes too long to uninstall: This point is just an extension of the previous point. But one thing is for sure, uninstalling micro braids is much harder to do compared to the installation process. You will feel like your hair is tearing off due to the extreme intertwining and tightness. 
  • Reduced volume:  The sheer tightness of miro braids leads to an unwanted fact that your hair will not be looking as voluminous as before. It does not matter much for those who possess hair with medium-length, but a big deal for those who have long strands. 

Do micro braids suit you?

Given that you have really healthy hair and scalp, then you can try the style. And by healthy we mean, your scalp should not be dry or sensitive, and should also be moisturized. Your hair should not be dry, and not have any roughness. And most importantly, you should not be having hair fall related problems. 


Micro braids have distinct attributes compared to other types of braids. They provide a much more casual look, and enough flexibility to elevate that into different styles or levels. In our opinion, the pros of micro braids outweigh the cons of the style, considering your hair is strong enough to withstand the tightness.  

By Cindy Mahlangu

Hey there! I'm Cindy Mahlangu, a pro hairstylist with a serious passion for natural hair care. My mission? To inspire and educate others on the beauty and benefits of protective hairstyles. Through my creative writing, aim to empower individuals to embrace their unique hair texture and confidently care for their locks. So, whether you're rocking locs, braids, or twists, join me on this hair journey and let's achieve healthy, fabulous tresses together!


  1. I have bleached blonde hair that is pretty fine and naturally straight. Should I not get my roots touched up before getting micro braids or box braids? I’m worried that freshly bleached hair at the root will make them more susceptible to breakage. Additionally will a glaze effect my hair in any way prior to getting box braids or micro braids?

    1. It’s generally recommended to wait a few weeks after bleaching before getting braids to avoid potential breakage. As for a glaze, it’s best to consult with a stylist to determine if it’s safe to use before getting braids.

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