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Hair Braiding Styles French Braid

Hair Braiding Styles . . . The Three Strands of Grace

When we think of retro we automatically think of something that has made its mark again in fashion or in the mainstream, one method of hair styling that cannot be referred to as retro; however, is definitely hair braiding styles. In order to be retro this popular hair style trend had to have once been out of style to make its way back in.

“Hair Braiding Styles
– the French Braid”

We all know that hair braiding styles are one of the trendiest hair styling methods, and has always been so. This hair braiding style has acquired its great title because it can be used for such a variety of purposes.

With hair braiding styles you can keep unruly hair manageable, accessorize with it, it is used as a base to add extensions, and is one little trick that can be adapted for both men and women. Hair braiding styles can be used on long or short, curly or straight, and thick or thin hair.

How long the braid lasts truly depends on the strength, thickness, dryness, and lastly the overall reason the braid is intended for. There are hundreds of different methods of hair braiding styles, but like any method you have to start with the basics to graduate to the big leagues.

Step by Step, How to Prepare a French Braid

1. You can perform this on wet or dry hair it is up to you. (if you want the braid to be more secure lightly damp works best.) Determine where you would like the braid to sit, section a one inch triangle of this section. Split the triangle into three strands.

2. Hold one strand between the thumb and index finger of one hand and the other two strands between the thumb, index, and middle finger of the other hand.

3. With the hand that has only one strand of hair, use the pinky finger to slice a section of hair from the same side of the head. (Size of the section depends on the size of the braid, smaller is a tighter braid and larger is a thicker braid.)

4. Join the new section of hair to the old section between the thumb and index and cross the hair over the first section of hair in the other hand. When doing this take that other hands first section and leave it with the hand that is now empty.

5. Now with the hand that is holding two strands of hair repeat step 3. Only this time because you have two stands in your hand you are going to cross the one between the middle finger over the one between the index and thumb.

6. With the hand that has only one strand of hair repeat step three and four. Now all three original strands have been met by new hair.

7. Repeat steps 3-6 until you run out of hair. When there is no more hair to be joined into the braid you can just cross the remaining three strands of hair the same way as step 3-6 without gathering new hair into the strands.

8. Finish to the tips and secure with an elastic

Ashley Simpson Hair Braiding Styles French Braid
Here is Ashley Simpson’s Hair Braiding Style!

Now that you have successfully learned the method of French braiding you can go out and have fun with it. The sky is the limit girls! Hair braiding styles are great if you have a fringe or bangs that you are trying to grow out, and you are sick and tired of always having it in your face. You can use just a small braid in the front only on your bangs. Keep in mind that you can make your starting section anywhere, it doesn’t always have to be from front to back it can be from side to side, or from back to front, and you can have any size your heart desires depending on the size of your starting triangle and by the size of your joining sections of hair.

You can have more than one hair braiding style on your head at a time, and if you don’t want to finish them off to the ends you can stop where ever and secure the strands with bobby pins.

The only things that I would keep in mind with hair braiding styles is to watch your tension because you don’t want to cause breakage and it is always a good idea to mist the hair with a leave in conditioner before braiding; this will give the hair a little more strength and keep any fly away hairs in place. Well ladies you now have all the necessary tools, all that’s left is to experiment and have fun.

  





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