Frequently Asked Questions


Your home for excellent braids

Q: What type/texture/color/length of hair can you braid ?
A: We braid all types, texture and color of hair. African-American, Caucasians, Chinese, Spanish and Indian hair. As for length, we are able to grasp hair as short as 1 inch, sometimes even shorter. 

Q: Should I bring the extension or do you provide the hair?
A: Aabies provides all types, colors and lengths of hair. As a braiding shop we have the largest selection of hair in the South-East.

Q: My hair is black, but I want to braid it with a light color. Should I color my hair before I get the braids? 
A: No. It is not necessary to color your hair in order for it to match with the extension color. We just use the extension color you want and blend it with your hair as we braid.

Q: My hair is coarse; can I use a relaxer before I get some braids?
A: No. Never perm, color or use any chemical in your hair right before getting braids. This will only damage your hair. If the hair is too coarse for the comb to pass through easily. 

Q: How much does it typically take to complete various styles of braids, weaves and twist?
A: Typically Cornrows with extensions are 1 and 3 hours, depending on design and layers. Individuals with human or synthetic extensions would take between 4 and 6 hours, and is typically the same for styles like the kinky and nubian twist. Senegalese Twist may take between 6 and 8 hours. 

Q: How Long will the braids last?
A: Cornrows with extensions added should last up to 5 weeks. For Individuals braids, weaves and twist with extension, we advise that you keep it in for 8 weeks but no more than 10 weeks. Leaving braids or twist in beyond the prescribed time can lead to your hair locking and hair loss.

Q: What is the best way to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair? 
A: The transition from perm to natural hair may take between 6 and 12 months. During that time it is best that the hair shaft is stable and a minimization of the regular grooming, since regular grooming during the transitional period could lead  to hair breakage. We believe that the hair shaft is best stabilized in braids or twist during the transition.

Q: Can I shampoo regularly if I have braids, weaves or twist with extensions my hair? 
A: We advise that you minimize the number of times that you shampoo while have braids, weaves or twisted extensions in the hair. There are several products on the market that will enable you to do a dry shampoo in between a regular shampoo. We suggest that you do a full shampoo with a stocking cap covering the braids or twist every 4 weeks. 

Q: Will the braids make my hair grow faster?
A: Yes, the braids make the hair grow faster.

Q: How long should I keep my braids?
A: The length of time you keep your braid depends on the style of braid you choose. Some of our customers keep their braids in as little as a few weeks and up to a few months.

Q: Can I wash my single braids?  
A: It depends on your experience handling braided hair. We suggest you come to us for this service. If washing is not done carefully, you may end up losing some of your braids or cause knotting to occur within your braids.

Q: My scalp is itchy. What can I do to stop the itch?
A: You can use any braid spray since most of them are formulated to help with the itch. You can spray it on your scalp once or twice a day.

Q: Some of my braids in the front are hanging on a streak of hair. What can I do? 
A: It is time to either take your braids out or get them retouched.

Q: Should I wash my braids before I take them out? 
A: We do not recommend washing your braids just before you take them out. 

Q: How can I take my braids out? 
A: We do offer braids maintenance. Our highly skilled professional braiders are experts in the art of removing braids.

Braiding Terms:
Corn-Rows: Otherwise known as cane-rows are worn by men, women and children. These are narrow rows of visible braids are very close to the scalp.

Micro-Braids: These are tiny, single braids usually braided half-way and leaving the rest of the hair. It can be done with either natural or synthetic hair.

Kinky-Twists: They are tightly twisted or curled braids. They are rope like and two strand based braids, looking like dreadlocks. 

Dread-locks: They are also called locks or dreads, are matted coils of hair. Dreadlocks are usually intentionally formed; because of the variety of different hair textures, various methods are used to encourage the formation of locks. such as backcombing sections of the hair, twisting or a process involving the weaving of the hair with a crochet hook to form knots.  

Sister-locks / Brother-locks: They are like dreadlocks, resulting from a process involving the weaving of the hair with a crochet hook to form knots.

Tree-Braids: They are  small cornrows that start at the front hairline and end at the nape of the neck while hair is added to make a full head of weave, giving the client flexibility and a carefree options.  

Pixie-Braids: These are individual braids usually small to medium in size. The braids are layered to various lengths usually framing the face. It gives the youthful, short braid look.

Flat-Twists:  These are two-sectioned braid, interwoven to lay flat on the scalp. I can be designed into variety of patterns with or without extension.

Goddess Braids: These are large inverted braid designed to lay flat on the scalp in variety of patterns. The free end is styled into an finished style.

Single or Individual or Box Braids:  These are basically free handing braids with or without extensions . The braid is divided into three equal sections and are intertwined or weaved into one another.

Silky Twist: Large selections like a cornrow base are rolled and gelled into a flat design pattern.