How to Braid Casama Braids

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Casama braids are thicker than traditional braided styles.
Casama braids are thicker than traditional braided styles. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Casama braids are a special type of braid that are created using the three-strand braiding technique. However, these braids tend to be larger than your average box braid or single braid. Casamas are individually parted and are used to cover the entire head. Because of their thicker size, these tightly wound braids are very sturdy and will curve into shapes when finished.

Things You'll Need

  • Clips
  • Comb
  • Small elastics
  • Burner

Section off all of the hair except for a horizontal, 1-inch section above the nape of the neck. Use clips to secure the rest of the hair.

Part a 1-inch section of hair from the nape of the neck, using the tip of your comb to part it in either a rectangular or triangular shape, depending on your preference.

Divide this small section of hair into three equal strands and braid the hair together tightly to form a 1-inch thick braid. Secure with a small elastic until you are ready to finish the ends.

Continue the process of parting small sections of hair and braiding them. The first two or three rows up from the nape of the neck can be parted in horizontal rows. After these rows, you can create a random design or stick to a symmetrical pattern, depending on how you want the finished product to look.

Singe the ends. Once you have covered the entire head in casama braids, singe the ends of each braid with a burner. This will melt the hair together and ensure that the braids don’t come apart.

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