Red braids, hair jewellery and multiple protective styles would explain why the Lil Yachty Braids topic became an area of interest and intrigue throughout his career.
The impact of his red braids was evident as he was able to brand, market and position himself separate from his peers who were also widely growing in popularity during the SoundCloud era.
Sounding the same and looking the same are sins in Hip Hop therefore its common to see artists get creative with their image, even if that means dying their hair!
Our editorial highlights some of the best Lil Yachty hair moments from his signature red braids, cornrows, and afro puffs.
Lil Yachty Braids Gallery
Signature Red Braids
Lil Yachty had his hair coloured red and placed his hair in multiple protective styles to brand himself and it worked!
From the moment we were introduced to Yachty he kept his hair in red only changing back to his natural hair colour in recent years.
Whilst his hair was red it was styled in multiple ways as the images showcase but this also became stressful on his hair, In Yachty’s own words,
“Honestly, it was hard to maintain,” he said in an interview with Danny Schwartz.
“The bleach was literally killing my hair. My hair was just dying. It’s growing now. That’s all. It’s just hair. I just kept it red because I loved it. But it kept falling out. It never would grow.”
Similar in appearance to his red braids with the only difference being his hair colour change.
Having reverted to his natural hair colour for hair health reasons we saw Yachty continue the same braided styles whilst keeping his beads on the ends, I mean some things just don’t change right?
This style has been a favourite amongst different rappers with braids for years!
2 Big Braids
Another popular protective style from Yachty were his 2 big braids which he often wore during interviews, photoshoots, and music videos.
Due to it being a protective style it enabled him minimal manipulation and styling allowing for other important things to get done and let’s face it, when you’re a rap superstar you don’t want to be thinking about your hair all day, you’ve got deals to sort out, music to create and tours to go on!!
How to Maintain your Braids!
Having braids installed is a great feeling as it gives you a new look and confidence. To ensure you maximise your hairs lifeline it’s imperative the proper care and maintenance is applied to your braids. We have provided some tips below to ensure that they stay neat, tidy and clean.
Make sure Braids aren’t too tight
If you experience the pain of tight braids, this is your body informing you they need to be loosened or redone. Not only do tight braids damage your hair but you increase your chances of getting braid bumps and infected follicles which we want to avoid. This could lead to temporary or permanent hair loss, something we want to avoid of course!
Moisturize your scalp
We like to explain it like this, your scalp is an extension of your skin, and therefore it requires hydration and care. A good moisturizing routine helps it keep your hair bouncy, defined and healthy, but most important not dry. Find one best suited for your hair type.
Oil your Scalp
We mostly forget to apply oil on our scalp as were too busy focusing on the ends and length, yet it’s our scalp that hair grows from, therefore an oil routine is super important and non-negotiable.
Protect your hair while sleeping with a Durag
The main purpose of Du-rags and head wraps is to prevent stray hairs from becoming loose or tangled which creates the messy look. Protecting your hair at night keeps it in check.
Ensure you take your Hair out every 6 Weeks
As we mentioned before you’re going to have to ensure you let your hair breathe, then washed and it’s been advised for years that the 6 week mark is the sweet spot.
This is nothing short of good hygiene! Your hair has been exposed to multiple layers of dirt and environmental factors which requires up keep! Wash days are your best friend and it will repay you which shiny, clean hair.
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