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Braiding your hair feels a little challenging at first, but when you practice, you can also learn how to braid your own hair and create beautiful braids same as any of the professionals. When you know some basic braiding techniques you will be doing the same braids as some of the celebrity hairstylists.
We are going to share some basic hair-braiding styling tips so that you can also easily get to know how to braid your hair in different styles.
1. Basic Tools on How to Braid Your Own Hair
You will need some of the basic tools needed for any braiding style. For most of the braids, they are mostly the same as follows:
1.1. Brush or Comb
Brushes and combs are essential for doing braids. You can use different kinds of brushes. While combing always softly pull your hair, because it may hurt if your hair is entangled more.
1.2. Hair Tie
Hair ties are needed to keep all the hair assembled easily. Use high-quality hair ties as other hair ties pull hair along with hair ties resulting in hair loss.
1.3. Clips and Bobby Pins
Clips help to secure your hair, and bobby pins to help keep your braid in place.
1.4. Hair Gel or Spray
If your hair is having some flyaways while braiding or making a section of hair, hair gel or spray can be used there to settle your hair.
2. Some Basic Braided Hairstyles on How to Braid Your Hair
Let us get to know some popular braided hairstyles and also how to braid them easily
2.1. Three-Strand Braid
This is the traditional braid and one of the basic braided hairstyles. If you are new to hair braiding start with this braiding style. This may be your best first and easiest braid to learn. It can be easily done by yourself on your own hair.
2.1.1. Steps for a Three-Strand Braid
- Firstly remove the tangles of your hair by brushing or combing them. Use high-quality wooden combs to prevent the breakage of hair.
- Combine a part of your hair and gather it at the top of your head and distribute it into three equal sections.
- Cross the right section of your hair on the middle section so that the right section of the hair becomes the middle section, then cross the left strand over the new middle strand i.e. the right strand which has now become the middle, so that the left one now becomes the new middle strand.
- Continue braiding like this and leave some hair before the end.
- Finally, tie your braid with a hair elastic.
2.1.2. Tips for a Perfect Three-Strand Braid
- Keep all the sections of your hair as even as possible so that a neat and uniform braid is created.
- Make your braid tight so that it doesn’t slips but not too tight as it may hurt.
2.2. French Braid
French braids are classic braids that can be used on any occasion. It is somewhat more complicated than the classic three-strand braid. But, when you get enough practice, this becomes easy.
2.2.1. Steps for a Good French Braid
- A small section of your hair should be collected and combined and this must be done from the topmost area of hair which is the crown of your head.
- Distribute the collected hair into three parts.
- Start with the traditional three-strand braid holding the left section with your left hand, but keep in mind to cross over the middle strand this time.
- After starting with the classic regular braid, and before crossing over to make the French braid you should add one strand from the left or right section into the strand which is outside.
- Cross the larger strand over the middle one. Pull the left part of your hair along with the outside strand.
- Repeat these steps with all the sections of your hair and remember to add the outer pieces with the middle section until you reach the end of your hair.
- When you are done with this leave a smaller part of your hair and tie it with a hair elastic.
2.2.2. Tips for a Perfect French Braid
- When you add smaller sections of hair this helps create a tighter-looking braid.
- Always grab your hair from the top i.e. crown.
- Make sure to take the right parted hair section over the middle and then the left parted hair over the new middle part.
- Keep in mind to use the smallest ring finger to hold the strand which is closest to your left hand. The thumb should always be around the middle section.
- The middle and index fingers should hold the remaining strands.
2.3. Dutch Braid
The Dutch braid which is also renowned by the name of Reverse French braid, yes because the techniques are the same. It may feel tough if you are a novice to the braiding techniques but it can be done with practice. Also, try to do this on a moderate length of hair.
2.3.1. Steps for Dutch Braid Hairstyle
- Firstly detangle your hair.
- Comb all your hair towards the backside so that you don’t have any side or center parts left of your hair.
- Then you can start braiding by braiding the right part of your hair with your right hand and holding the other two sections with your left hand.
- Let the middle section of your hair slide over your middle finger, and grab the left section against your hand with your smallest finger. This will help in keeping them separate.
- Crisscross the right and middle strands one by one and keep braiding like this.
- Hold a thin strand of your hair from the right section of the hairline and keep adding it to the right section.
- From your hairline collect a thin parted section of your hair. Combine the thin strand with the left and braid by crossing it over the middle one.
- Continue doing this braid until you reach the bottom of the neck.
- Complete it off by doing a simple three-strand braid.
2.3.2. Tips for a Perfect Dutch Braid Hairstyle
- If you want to make your Dutch Braid tighter make sure that you are holding your hands to your head as close as possible.
- While you are doing the partitions you can go for a zigzag partition.
- Always try to do this hairstyle on unwashed hair so that you can have a better hold on the braid. This will make your braid stay all day in that position.
- They are somewhat similar to French braids so, if you know how to do French braids you can do Dutch braids too.
- If you wish to make a Dutch Braid Bun, roll the Dutch braid into a bun.
- Go for Dutch Braid on one section at a time after partition.
2.4. Fishtail Braid
A Fishtail braid is one of the easiest braids to do on your hair as it has only two strand twists. Fishtail braids have a jewelry-like look.
2.4.1. Steps to Follow for a Fishtail Braid
- Do not do it on freshly washed hair rather do it for after two or three days after washing.
- For creating a single fishtail braid, gently pull your hair and make a section of hair into the left section and right section then do a high ponytail.
- To make a better grip on your Fishtail braid, take a hair tie and tighten it at the end of the upper part of the ponytail.
- Take small sections of hair and continue adding them to another side.
- Take the hair sections from the outside and add them to the inside part and vice versa.
- You can see that all the strands are falling into the center then hold the strand and take it over to one side.
- Keep crisscrossing the braid to the part of the hair you want.
- Leave some hair at the end and tie the braid with hair elastic.
2.4.2. Tips for a Perfect Fishtail Braid
- For this classic braid, your main goals are to keep the base of the braid tight until you finish the entire braid and balance the amount of hair, do not keep more hair on one side.
- One suggestion is to use a small, clear rubber band at the base to start and then continue braiding your hair.
2.5. Rope Braid
A rope braid is one of the simplest braids to braid your hair. Look wise it is similar to the two sections of hair twirled into one braid.
2.5.1. Steps for a Good Rope Braid
- Separate your hair into two equal parts. Twist the parted sections one by one. It’s a fun way to do the rope braid.
- Keep wrapping the hair using the fingers,’ the index finger at the center and the others side by side.
- When both the sections of your hair have been twisted away from your face, then start twisting those sections in the opposite i.e. counterclockwise direction towards your face.
- After wrapping the sections of your together, tighten them with a hair elastic.
2.5.2 Tips for a Good Rope Braid
Always prepare the hair by shampooing it and then leaving it in a conditioner that gives a good look, and for tight braids the same process as other braids have to be applied to hold your hair from the crown.
In conclusion, if you want to know how to braid your own hair you should practice a lot. With a little practice and patience, you can also learn to do different hairstyles easily, and with time you can be a master too. Start with simple braids like the three-strand braid or the French braid, then move on to more complex styles like fishtail braid or Dutch hairstyle.
You can also do the double braids hairstyle such as rope braid. You can also learn box braids after practice. You can also watch some braid tutorials to make it easy to braid your hair.
Add some beautiful braid accessories to make your braid look more attractive.