A Anonymous Oct 4, This is a nice way to spice up your everyday look without having to put in too much additional effort. Help answer questions Learn more. Take care not to tangle any hair in the elastic. If you are having a hard time keeping your groups separate, put small rubber bands towards the end of each section and when you get closer to the end of the braid take them out and finish the braid.
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This is where the "French" part of the process comes in. It might take you a few tries to get it right, but it's easier once you're comfortable with the grip. Let go of the center strand, and allow it to hang between the left and right strands. You should be able to tell it apart from the rest of your hair — it'll be slightly elevated above the hair that hasn't been braided yet. Grip the left strand between the last three fingers of your left hand and your left palm and grab the right strand with your left thumb and index finger.
Your right hand should now be free. Using your right hand, pull up a small section of unbraided hair from the right side of your head. Slide your thumb against your scalp just below the section, gathering a small section of hair. Grab this new section with your left thumb and index finger to add it to the right strand of the braid. Pick up the center strand of the braid again. Grab it with your right hand, and move it to the right, making it your new right strand.
The section you added hair to, between your left thumb and index finger, is the new center strand. Add hair to the left strand. This process will be just like the previous step, but using opposite sides: Let go of the center strand. Again, it will hang between the left and right strands. Grip the right strand between the last three fingers of your right hand and your right palm.
Grab the left strand with your right thumb and index finger. Your left hand should now be free. Using your left hand, pull up a small section of unbraided hair from the left side of your head. Slide your thumb along your scalp in the same manner you did on the other side of your head, gathering the same amount of hair to add to the left section. Grab the new section with your right thumb and index finger to add it to the left section of the braid.
Grab it with your left hand, and move it to the left, making it your new left strand. The section you added hair to, between your right thumb and index finger, is the new center strand. Continue braiding in this pattern. You will run out of new hair to add into the braid when you reach the nape of your neck, at which point you can finish with a regular braid.
To keep the braid looking as neat as possible, create parallel lines on each side of your head as you gather sections of hair. This helps keep your sections about the same size as you finish your braid.
Do a basic braid on the rest of the hair. Continue doing a regular three-strand braid with the hair that's still loose. Use a hair tie the same color as your hair, or one that is translucent so that it blends in.
Avoid rubber bands, which can damage your hair and be difficult to remove. Hairspray or spray gel can help your French braid from developing flyaways as the day goes on. If you're going to add extra embellishment to your hair, hairspray it first. This will prevent flaky residue from getting on your barrettes or ribbons. Using shine serum will help to keep your hair looking smooth and soft, if it has the tendency to be rough and dry looking. For some extra flair, tie a colorful ribbon in a bow at the end of your braid.
Adding a pretty brooch or multiple hair pins along the braid is a great way to add a bit of glam to your look. Separate your hair into two even sections. A fishtail braid looks like it's made of several small strands, but surprisingly there are only two primary sections.
For a neat braid, use a fine-toothed comb to make a straight part down the middle of your head, from forehead to nape. For a more tousled, Katniss Everdeen-inspired look, just part your hair with your hands and separate into two sections that seem somewhat even. You can fishtail your hair when it is either wet or dry. Pull a small strand of hair from the left section into the right section. Once you get this grip down, you'll be able to do it for the whole braid.
Hold the right section of hair in your right hand. Drop the left section and let it hang loose. Because you're only working with two sections, you don't need to worry about it mixing with another part of the braid. Using your left hand, pull up a small strand of hair from the leftmost side of the left section.
That is, from the side of the left section of hair that's closest to your ear. Grab the small strand of hair from the left section with your right hand, incorporating it into the right section of the braid. Hold the left section of hair in your left hand again. As you pick it back up, you can run your fingers through the section to smooth out any knots and tighten up the braid. Pull a small strand of hair from the right section into the left section.
This is just like the previous step, but mirrored. For a more intricate-looking braid, pull up smaller strands of hair. For a quicker braid, grab larger sections. Hold the left section of hair in your left hand. Drop the right section and let it hang loose. Again, because you're only working with two primary sections, there's no need to worry about mixing strands. Using your right hand, pull up a small strand of hair from the rightmost side of the right section or the part closest to your ear.
Grab the small strand of hair from the right section with your left hand, incorporating it into the left section of the braid. Hold the right section of hair in your right hand again. Repeat this pattern till you run out of hair. Keep alternating sides and adding strands until you get to the end of your locks. Try to keep the small strands that you pull into the main sections as evenly sized as possible.
Tie off the braid with a hair elastic. Take care not to tangle any hair in the elastic. Choose 1 that is wrapped in fabric to minimize the risk of damaging your hair. Separate the hair into five equal sections. A five-strand braid looks a little more intricate and elegant than a standard three-strand braid, and it's easy to do once you get the process down.
When you're first learning, consider pulling your hair into a ponytail and starting the braid there, so you're working with a stable base. It's easiest to braid a five-strand braid when your hair is wet or greasy from going a few days of being unwashed. This will help to keep the sections together, and prevent fly-aways from getting tangled up in other strands. Hold the strands with both hands.
It's easiest if you hold the two leftmost strands in your left hand, and the two rightmost strands in your right hand, allowing the center strand to hang loose. Numbering the strands can help you keep them straight.
They should look like 1 2 3 4 5. Move the leftmost strand to the center. Move it over strand 2, and under strand 3, so that it's now in the center. You should now have 2 3 1 4 5. You are essentially weaving your hair, moving the strands from the right to the left, and the left to the right. Weave the rightmost strand to the center. Move it over strand 4 and under strand 1, so that 5 is now in the center. You should now have 2 3 5 1 4. Continue weaving your hair until you run out.
Keep alternating outer strands and moving them to the center. Tie off the braid. Use a ribbon or non-rubber hair elastic to secure the end of the braid. Take care not to tangle your hair as you tie it off, and choose an elastic that is wrapped in fabric. Learn how to Dutch braid. This is the reverse of a French braid, where instead of braiding strands over each other you braid them under. It is very simple to do, and instead of the braid sitting under your hair as with a French braid , it sits as a 3-D section above your hair.
Try a waterfall braid. This beautiful style is created by letting strands of hair hang loose from a French braid, similar to the look of a waterfall. When you feel comfortable with your skills in French braiding, take the next step to try a waterfall braid.
Create a braided headband. This is a small, thin braid that goes from ear-to-ear across your forehead, like a headband. It uses the process of French or Dutch braiding to turn your bangs into a statement piece. So how about one more for the list? You read that right: Finish off the look by lightly curling the rest of your tresses. Channel your inner flower child with a chunky braid and messy waves. Tie back your hair and keep it in place with this full-circle twist.
Upgrade the boring ponytail to a French braid crown for red carpet-worthy style. Instead of a scarf or bedazzled headband, why not try a front braid to accent your casual updo? It works best with a high bun because you can really show off the intricacy of the braid and make it the focal point of the style. When your hair is all one color or pale, a braid headband can get lost in the look especially from far away. Combat this with a thin sparkly headband that will catch the light and draw attention to the detail in the plait.
Place two medium sized braids of equal width next to each other to make them look like one large braided band. Blend with loose waves and a heavy side bang. Just because you are rocking a braided look does not mean that your headband always has to be blended into your strands. Take a cue from the hippies and pull your braid across your forehead. Playing with color and texture are two surefire ways to make a braided headband pop, and this look does both.
The thin braid adds a textural element to highlight the large dark braid. Because the front detail is the focus, make sure to keep the rest of your style soft and uncomplicated. Braided hair does not always have to be the shining star of your style. Sometimes you can use a plait as a subtle boost to your overall look. Because the color is so pale, the braid easily blends in with the texture of the loose curls in the hairdo.
This is a great look for fans of World of Warcraft or something similar. A headband braid will give a dramatic touch to a basic loose low updo. A slight bouffant provides volume throughout the crown and keep the style from going flat, while also balancing out the heaviness at the bottom of the hairstyle.
You can still achieve a bold braided look without extremely long hair. The key to make it pop is by incorporating a soft color with balayage highlights.
Have some fun by playing around with different braiding patterns. This style combines Dutch and fishtail braids. This cute look is all about letting your natural beauty shine through.
The spiraled bun is glamorous without being gimmicky. Just make sure to keep heavy bangs and messiness in the front to a minimum. Sometimes less is more, especially when you are just trying to let your hair down and have some fun.
The same way that you can stack your layers to create volume in a style, you can also stack braids in a headband look. By intertwining a smaller braid with a larger one, you can not only create visual interest but also build up thickness in your look.
This updo may seem like a blast from the past with the beehive and low bun, but the braided headband makes it modern. At this point, floral crowns are pretty standard for music festivals or any outdoor event because they invoke the free-spirited nature of Woodstock.
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