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French-Braid

Braids are hot; How to French Braid

Braids are highly versatile and creative as a hairstyle. Hence, it’s not a surprise that a lot of women like sporting French braids because there is a wide range of styles to choose from depending on what type of look you are aiming for. Aside from the opportunity to be creative, another reason why French braids are very popular is the fact that it requires no expensive tools or products to do. You will be using your best tool – your hands! Plus, a few basic tools such as clips or elastic bands.

But braids are highly deceitful, though. This hairstyle might look effortless, casual and easy-to-do but it’s anything but. In fact, some people think that there are certain people that are gifted with the talent of braiding and it isn’t something you can learn. Thankfully, those days are gone because you need to adapt a few basic braiding techniques from experts at doing this hairstyle to pull off great looking French braids too – whether on yourself or on somebody else.

Pre-Braid Prep

Start by cleaning the hair. Make sure that any dust or grime are completely removed because these can make your hair sticky and difficult to work with when braiding. If you want to get best results from braiding, it’s got to be freshly washed!

Even though you have to wash your hair prior to braiding, you need to dry it first before starting to work on it. A little dampness is good but wet is bad. You won’t be able to achieve uniform results with wet hair, plus each strand might shrink at a different rate as soon as they dry up. Take the time to de-tangle any strands that have knotted up together.

If you have split ends, trim the ends off so you will have a more even texture to your hair and minimize the tendency of the sections being tangled up as you weave them together. However, it is a different case when you are aiming for a loose braid because a little uneven texture can actually work for the French braid.

The Braiding Process

Always start each braiding process by dividing your hair into neat, even sections. Separate the top and bottom sections of your hair so it is easier to work with them. Use every finger in your hand to keep these sections separate from one another. All of this work depends solely on your hands so this is when practice can pay off because it is all about keeping your fingers familiar with the braiding motion. For beginners, you can try chanting out the weave pattern aloud.

Don’t forget to smooth out each section as you go because it will be difficult to do that once you have everything braided up. If, in case, a particular section of hair is starting to ball up, use one finger and hold the sections by wrapping it around that finger. Use a brush to smoothen that part again.

When you are braiding, it is recommended that you maintain the same level of tension on each braid. This is one of the keys to uniform braids. A firm handle on the sections of hair will help you apply constant pressure onto the hair as you braid them in and to ensure that some sections are not tighter than others.

Additional Reminders

Take your time – Braiding process is always going to be time-consuming. Learn to make the most of the time in your hands rather than rushing through the job. There is no shortcut to achieving the perfect braid.

Don’t use a mirror – Watching your braid from a mirror’s perspective will only confuse you because the view is inverted. Ditch the mirror and learn to master the braiding process using your hands. And that is only possible when you…

Practice, practice, practice! – The only way you can become an expert at braiding is to constantly practice. The more your hands get used to the knotting and braiding process, the less daunting it will appear to you. You can also experiment with different braiding styles as you practice.

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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The Flower Braid; So, pretty so easy

The Flower Braid

The Flower Braid; Find Out How

I have such a sweet love affair with braids! There is an endless amount of different types of braids not to mention a variety of styles to wear them. I can’t seem to get enough of them! I want to introduce to you the fabulous new trend . . . the flower braid! You can rock this look from day to night, casual to fancy, and fun to flirty! Did I mention how super easy this braid is to create?! Let me show you.

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1. Create a deep part following your natural part

2. Take 3 strands of hair about a quarter to a half of an inch

3. Begin to French braid starting with the 3 strands of hair

4. After completing the braid secure the end with an elastic hair tie

 The Flower Braid

 5. Delicately loosen the strands of the braid

6. Wrap the braid around in a circular motion

7. Pin the tail of the braid to the interior part of the flower

8. Secure tightly with bobby pins

If your hair is a little dirty it is easier to create this look. We first started by using Paul Mitchell’s new Dry Wash (which smells amazing) in the roots of the hair to give it a bit of a boost. Using hairspray is a must when completing the style, used on the model was Paul Mitchell’s Super Clean Finishing Spray. This spray is good to use because it will give the hair a flexible hold without making the hair look stiff and hard.

Added to the ends of the hair was Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil. This product is absolutely perfect; it will smooth the hair and tame the frizz. This oil is awesome because it is ultra lightweight and you will not have to worry about the oil making your hair super greasy by the end of the day!

The Flower braid is perfect for thin to thick hair but will show up better if you have some highlights and dimension in your hair. No matter your age the flower braid is such a fun hairstyle that anyone is able to rock.

 Tiffany-Mauk
Contributing author Tiffany Mauk graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communications and a minor in Marketing and Management. She has been working for Paul Mitchell Schools for a year and a half now and falls even more in love with the industry every day. She loves recruiting Future Professional’s to join the cosmetology journey and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Tiffany recently started her own blog, The Gold Frame.


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4 Braid Tutorials

Braid within a Braid

How To Create Unique and Stunning Braids

Let’s be real – sometimes you don’t always have the time or the energy to make your hair into a perfect quaff everyday. Oftentimes, a braid is the perfect fun, flirty solution. Not only are braids a hot trend in hair right now, but they are easy to manage and a great way to add a flirty femininity to your upcoming spring hairstyle arsenal. If you’re not into the Jane Eyre-esque feeling you get from donning a classic French braid, this season opt for a braid that has a little more complexity to it. To add a little extra pizazz to any of the following braids, tie in ribbons or yarn for a pop of color and texture.

Braid Within a Braid

Don’t have a panic attack! This hairstyle seems complex but is actually quite easy to accomplish and the finish product is totally worth it

  1. Smooth any fly-aways with a leave-in conditioner and secure in a low, side ponytail
  2. Divide your hair into three sections
  3. Braid a small braid in two of the three sections and tie off with small elastics
  4. Braid the larger sections of hair into a classic three-strand braid
  5. Remove the small elastics on the smaller braids and tie off the large braid
  6. Use hair spray to smooth fly-aways and help the strands stay intact

The Fishtail Braid

The Fishtail Braid

  1. Part your  hair into two even sections
  2. Take a small strand of hair from the outside of one section and crossing over that section, bring it over to the underside of the other section
  3. Repeat on the opposite side
  4. Continue these steps until the braid is finished
  5. Lightly tug at the edges of the braid to widen it, which will make your braid a little more full

Remember to make sure your strands aren’t too large or your fishtail braids will end up looking more like a regular braid.

Jessica Alba rocks a half braid ponytial

Braided Ponytail

  1. Make a side part and take a section of hair from the front left side of your part to the left of your temple
  2. Split this section into three and braid normally
  3. Tug lightly at the edges to thicken the braid, secure with pins or a small elastic
  4. Now take all your hair into a ponytail (medium to high ponytail looks polished with this braid).
  5. Secure ponytail with an elastic. Unpin the first braid as it is now tied in with the ponytail

Optional: For a more sophisticated look on the braided ponytail take a small piece of hair and wrap it around your hair elastic to cover it.

 

Jemima Kirke in Lace Braids

Lace Braid

Very similar to a French braid, except you bring the hair to one side in a lace braid.

  1. Section off hair from the front of your head, to the back or the top of your crown. Put the remaining hair below that into a ponytail.
  2. Brush your hair over to one side (the side towards you), exposing your ear. Starting behind the ear take three pieces of hair and braid once.
  3. Now add hair to the side closest to your forehead
  4. Continue braiding (either in a French or Dutch braid pattern, your choice) across the top of your head. But not right up on your hairline, this isn’t a headband braid.
  5. Once you reach the other side of your head braid off the remaining hair and tie with a hair tie. You can now take the bottom hair you tied back at the beginning out of it’s ponytail.

Adding braids to your hairstyle repertoire considerably expands your options, especially on those days when nothing else seems to be working. Set aside a bit of time to practice these braid tutorials, and I think you’ll love how simple it is to change up your look with these braids.

  



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