2 Methods On How to Braid Hair While at Home
Braided hairstyles are becoming very common today because they look great on women and they even stay in shape for longer period of time than curly, straight and other regular hairstyles. In fact, braided hairstyles are very common amongst African-Americans but also some white-ladies like braided hairstyles like French-braids, ponytail-braids and a lot more. On the other hand, there are actually a lot of braided hairstyles that you can tryout and these actually require a person skilled at braiding hair. So, below are some of the few simple methods of braiding your hair while at home in case you don’t want to go to the saloon.
METHOD-1: How to create traditional braids:
- Wash and detangle your hair: before you start styling your hair, you actually need to wash it up with water and a good conditioning-shampoo then brush through it using a wide-toothed comb inorder to remove any tangles. In fact, braiding can be done faster when hair is tangle-free or tangle-free. Additionally, you can braid hair when it’s wet or dry whereby braided wet-hair will have a very smooth and tight appearance while braiding dry-hair will give you a messier look.
- Divide hair into 3 sections: divide your hair into 3 even sections and these will be the 3-strands of your braid. So, use hair-bands to separate each section and then prepare your hair for braiding.
- Start braiding your hair: this will involve grabbing the right section using your right-hand and left-section using your left-hand while leaving the middle-section to hang free. Additionally, hold the selected hair-strands against your palm with the middle, ring and little fingers while keeping the index-fingers and thumbs free. Afterwards, cross the left-section over the middle-section using your index-finger and thumb, grab the right-section and cross it over the twisted middle-section inorder to create a braid.
- Continue braiding hair: keep braiding your hair using the free index-finger and thumb of one-hand inorder to grab the back-section of hair from the other hand. Tighten the braided hair as you go but don’t pull too hard while braiding your hair. Continue until you run-out of space to braid your hair leaving about 1-3 inches of unbraided hair at the end.
- Secure your braided hair: use an elastic hair-band to tie-off the end of the braid and you may even have to wrap the hair-band around hair for several times. However, avoid using rubber-bands because they can damage your hair and they are even difficult to remove form your hair at the end of the day. So, it’s best to use a ponytail-holder that is the same color as your hair or translucent so that it blends into your braid thus giving you a more natural look.
- Set your braid with a good hairspray: you will need to set your braided hair using a quality hairspray or spray-gel inorder to prevent your braid from developing flyaways during the day. However, if you’re going to apply a hairspray to your hair then use it before adding any hair accessories/ornaments. On the other hand, you may also apply a shine-serum along your braids inorder to give them some extra-glow. Lastly, you may even use a cute hair-pin or brooch to pin-up the base of your braid or to hold-back any bangs.
METHOD-2: How to create a French braid:
- Clean your hair and comb-out any knots/tangles: begin by washing-up your hair with clean-water and a conditioning-shampoo, dry it up using a towel and then brush through it inorder to remove any knots/tangles. In fact, French-braids can be tricky or hard to create if your hair is tangled. So, consider taking-up a few minutes to remove any knots from your hair using a good hair-brush or wide-toothed comb before you begin the braiding process.
- Part-out the starter-section: with a traditional French-braid, the starter-section is a section of hair closest to your forehead and temples. Additionally, make sure you include the hair above the ears in the starter-section in case you have decided to move the braid down the head.
- Separate the starter-section into 3 even sections: you need to separate the starter-section into 3 equal-sections because these 3 sections/strands will help make-up the beginning of the braid. Additionally, make sure that the sections/strands start from the same row of hair rather than from different areas. On top of that, keeping the 3-strands close together during the braiding-process will also be very helpful.
- Hold the 3 sections/strands of hair into your hands: gently and correctly hold the 3-strands of hair into your hands because this will help you braid quickly and neatly. So, grab the left-strand into your left-hand and then grasp the center-strand in-between your thumb and index-finger of the right-hand. Afterwards, grab the right-strand in-between your right-palm and hold it using the last 3-fingers of your right-hand.
- Move the right-strand of hair to the center: use the last 3-fingers of your left-hand to grasp the left-strand between your fingers and palm while leaving the left-thumb and index-finger free. So, use the left-thumb and index-finger to reach over the center-strand and then grab the right-strand. You will now have 2-strands in your left-hand and 1-strand in your right-hand.
- Move the left-strand of hair to the center: use the last 3-fingers of your right-hand to grasp the right-strand in-between your fingers and palm while leaving the right-thumb and index-finger free. Use the right-thumb and index-finger to reach over the center-strand and the grab the left-strand. So, you will now have 2-strands in your right-hand and 1-strand in your left-hand.
- Add some hair to the right-strand: this is where the French-braid comes in during the braiding process. So, you will have to let go of the center-strand and then allow it to hang in-between the left and right strands. Afterwards, grip the left-strand between the last 3-fingers of the left-hand and left-palm then grab the right-strand using the left-thumb and index-finger. Use the right hand to pull-up a small-section of unbraided hair from the right-side of the head. Grab the new-section using the left-thumb and index-finger inorder to add it to the right-strand of the braid. Lastly, pick-up the center-strand of the braid again and then grab it using the right-hand and move the hair to the right inorder to create a new right-strand.
- Add some hair to the left-strand: this process will be just like the one in the previous-step but while using opposite-sides of hair-strands inorder to achieve a good-looking French-braid.
- Continue braiding hair in this pattern: you will have to continue braiding your hair in this pattern until you run out of new hair to add into the braid after reaching the nape of your neck. When you reach this point, finish-up with a regular braid and also consider adding sections that are almost the same size throughout the braid inorder to achieve a neat-look.
- Do a basic-braid on the rest of your hair: you will have to continue doing a regular 3-strand braid on the hair that is still loose. Afterwards, secure the braid using a hair-tie that is the same color as your hair but avoid using rubber-bands because they can damage your hair and can be difficult to remove from your hair.
- Set your French-braid with a hairspray: use a quality hairspray or spray-gel over your French-braid inorder to achieve a smooth, soft and shiny braided hairstyle. Additionally, a good hairspray will even help to prevent your French-braid form developing flyaways throughout the day.