How To Braid Hair

 

 

Hair braids are a great way to mix up your hairstyle that is easy to do and can be achieved in minutes. The trick to good braiding is to keep the tension on the strands evenly balanced.

For those new to braiding, the biggest question is, how do you hold three strands with only two hands? What you do is hold two of the strands in one hand and one strand in the other. As you braid, the extra strand is passed between the hands. You can practice with a piece of yarn or rope until you feel comfortable.

Here are some common braids techniques to get you started. It may be easier to start trying these braids on another person and then try doing your own. It takes time to get good at it so don't get discouraged if your braids don't turn out perfect the first few tries.

Sienna Miller with braided hair

Fishtail Braids

 

 

This is a great two strand braid and is a good way to learn the concept of French braiding before trying three strands. It may look complicated to create but in reality it is fairly simple. One of the great things about this braid is that it can be worn as a full braided ponytail or it can be used as an accent style with other braids.

star Divide a small section of hair where you want the braid to start into two even sections.This is usually at the hairline at the front of the head or just behind your bangs.
star Comb each section until it's is smooth and tangle free.
star Cross the right hand section over the left section.
star Pull the sections away from each other to tighten the plait.
star Using the pointed end of a rat tail comb, lift a small section of hair on the right by drawing a line against the scalp from the hairline to the middle of the braid about a half inch to an inch beneath the first plait.
star Add the new section of hair to the existing section on the right and then cross it over the left section.For a different look, cross the sections of hair under each other instead of over.
star Again using the handle of the comb, lift a small section of hair on the left by drawing a line against the scalp from the hairline to the middle of the braid even with the section you just lifted from the right, add this hair to the existing section on the left and then cross it over the right section.
star Continue the process alternating right and left sections, tightening each plait as you make it, until you reach the hairline at the nape of the neck.
star Secure the remaining hair.

English Braids

 

 

One of the most common braids techniques that is simple and easy to do.

star Divide your hair into three even sections and comb each section until its is smooth and tangle free.
star Cross the right hand section over the middle section. The original right hand section is now the middle section.
star Pull all the sections away from each other to tighten the plait.
star Cross the left hand section over the middle section. The original left hand section is now the middle section.
star Continue this process alternating right and left sections over the middle section, tightening each plait as you make it.

French Braids

 

 

This is a beautiful braid that looks much more complicated than it is.

star Divide a small section of hair where you want the braid to start into three even sections.
star Comb each section until its is smooth and tangle free.
star Cross the right hand section over the middle. The original right hand section is now the middle section.
star Pull all the sections away from each other to tighten the plait.
star Now cross the left hand section over the middle. The original left hand section is now the middle section.
star Using the pointed end of a rat tail comb, lift a small section of hair on the right by drawing a line against the scalp from the hairline to the middle of the braid about a half inch to an inch beneath the first plait, depending on the thickness of your hair and how woven you want it to look.
star Add the new section of hair to the existing section on the right and then cross it over the middle; then tighten the plait.
star Again using the handle of the comb, lift a small section of hair on the left by drawing a line against the scalp from the hairline to the middle of the braid even with the section you just lifted from the right, add this hair to the existing section on the left and then cross it over the middle.
star Continue the process alternating right and left sections over the middle section, tightening each plait until you reach the hairline.
star Secure the end of the braid.