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Different Types Of Braids And How To Do Them

posted in Beauty > Hair
06/04/2015
  • Dutch Braid:
    The Dutch braid is a hairstyle that looks difficult to create but is fairly simple. It is basically an in-side-out or reverse French braid; you simply braid strands under rather than over each other. If you have mastered the French braid and want to try something new, try these steps for a simple Dutch braid.

  • 1.Prepare your hair. You can use damp or dry hair for a dutch braid, but make sure that it is well brushed. Remove all tangles, and if you have many fly-away hairs use a spray bottle to slightly dampen it with water.
    If you want your hair to be wavy/curly when you remove it from the braid, use wet hair to start.
    Brush your hair straight back so that there is no part. If you want to create 2 or more braids, part your hair on the top into separate sections.
    If you don't intend on braiding your bangs, brush them to the side at this point.

  • 2. Gather your hair. Grab a piece of hair from the top of your head. If you want to include your bangs, start this section directly above your forehead. Otherwise, pick up a section from the very top of your head. Gather a piece ranging from 3–5 inches (7.6–12.7 cm) wide, and 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick.

  • 3. Cross the right strand under the center strand. Cross the left strand under the center strand. Repeat the pattern and cross the right strand, then the left strand, under the center strand. Cross the right strand under the center, and pick up another small section from the right side of your head. Cross the left strand under the center, and pick up another small section from the left side of your head. Add more hair to your braid by picking up small strands every time you cross pieces under the center strand. Continue the dutch braid to the nape of your neck.

  • 4. Finish your braid with a regular braid (going under rather than over) when you run out of hair to add. Tie off your braid with an elastic band and give a light misting of hair spray.

  • French Braid:
    The French braid is a beautiful and classic hairstyle. Although its intricate weave may appear complicated, creating your own French braid is a simple process. Once you've gotten the basics of a traditional braid down, try a French or French lace braid on for size.

  • 1.Brush your hair back for a single braid, or part it for multiple braids.
    2. Grab a section of hair from the same height on your head.
    3.Separate the section into three equal strands.
    4. Cross the right strand over and center strand over each other a few times, in a normal braid.
    5.Bring the left strand over the center strand.
    6. Alternate crossing the left and right strands over the center.
    7.Incorporate a little more hair from the sides each time you cross.
    8. Keep incorporating hair until you have no hair left to add.
    9. Once you run out of hair, continue braiding hair and secure.

  • Waterfall Braid:
    Looking for a special hairstyle for a wedding or elegant occasion? Whether your hair is shoulder length or long, you can create a gorgeous cascading waterfall braid in no time.

  • 1. Prepare hair for braiding. Hair braids best when it is damp, clean and fully brushed before braiding.
    Wash and condition your hair. Remove excess water using a clean towel. The braiding will be most successful if you don’t fully dry your hair.
    2.Brush out any knots with a wide tooth comb. Brush underneath the nape of the neck to ensure no knots remain.
    3.Part your hair in the middle. Section off the top third of your hair. Begin sectioning from your forehead and part. Use the wide tooth comb to section off your hair and hold the section in one hand. Divide the section into three parts.

  • 4. Braid the hair toward the back of your head in a French braid style. After the first pass, begin working outside pieces of hair into your braid so that you're essentially French braiding your hair
    5. Create that “waterfall” look. When you’ve reached the last part of the first braid section, drop the last strand of hair. This will make it look like the hair is cascading from the braid.
    6. Pick up a new strand of hair located next to the strand you’ve dropped to replace that strand.

  • 7. Continue the waterfall look by picking the next section of hair located beside the hair section you dropped and continue braiding.Continue braiding by cascading the braid toward the middle of the head. Repeat the initial step by continuing the braid and then dropping the last section of hair, but then picking up a section next to the dropped hair section.
    8.Secure the braid with bobby pins if needed. Keep bobby pins on hand to provide additional support or to keep errant hair in place.
    9. Braid the remaining “tail” until you run out of hair.

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