How to Braid

Four Methods:The Basic SettingBraiding HairBraiding Ribbon or StringBraiding Flowers

Braiding is a simple weaving technique used for everything from hair to ribbon to flowers. The regular braid is the easiest braid to grasp and looks great yet sophisticated. It's a time saver, so if you wake up late for school or would like to flaunt your hairdo, this will be your hairstyle for the day. Read on and follow these simple steps! Once you learn the basic technique, you can move on to more complicated braid types.

Method 1
The Basic Setting

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    Brush your hair. Brush your hair so it is light and fluffy. You want to get rid of any knots so your braid is silky smooth! This also makes the braiding process easier, so make sure you do it.
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    Decide where the braid is going to be. Is it going to be at the back of your head on a pony tail? Is it going to be at the side or lower down near your neck? Decide this to determine where and how it will look best.

Method 2
Braiding Hair

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    Divide your hair into three sections. Use a comb to part your hair in two places to create three sections with even amounts of hair. One section is on the right side of your head, one in the middle, and one on the left side. Use your fingers to hold the sections separate from each other.
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    Cross the right section over the middle section. Keep the sections tight, so the finished braid won't come loose. Now the right section has become the middle section.
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    Cross the left section over the middle section. Cross the left section over the middle section. You've now completed the first segment of the braid. Keep holding the sections taut and apart from one another.
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    Continue crossing the right and left sections over the middle. Keep weaving the left section over the middle, then the right section over the middle, always holding all of the sections taut and separate. Keep braiding the sections together until you run out of hair.
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    Secure the end with a hairband. Hold the braid in place by wrapping a hairband around the end, leaving a 1" unbraided tail to keep it secure.
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    Try other braiding styles. Now that you know the basic braiding form, try these gorgeous hairstyles to show off your new skills. They may take some practice, but you'll be pleased with the results.
    • Do a French braid. French braids start at the scalp, incorporating hair from the sides of the head, and end in a braided tail secured with a hairband. Done correctly, a French braid will keep your hair out of your face all day and earn you plenty of compliments.
    • Do a fishtail braid. This pretty braid looks more delicate than a regular braid, since you're working with smaller sections of hair.
    • Try a Dutch braid. This looks like a French braid, only inside-out.
    • Create a rope braid. This is made by twisting the strands of hair as you braid them.

Method 3
Braiding Ribbon or String

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    Cut three pieces the same length. Whether you're using ribbon, string, or another long, thin material, start with three pieces that are all the same.
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    Tie the three pieces together with a knot. Use a knot to tie the pieces together about 1/2" from the ends. You can double knot the pieces to make sure they're secure.
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    Tape the ends to a board. Use a piece of masking tape to tape the ends above the knot to a board or other hard surface, to keep the pieces anchored while you braid.
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    Separate the pieces and hold them taut. One is the left piece, one is the middle piece, and one is the right piece.
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    Cross the right piece over the middle piece. Now the formerly left piece is in the middle. Continue holding all three pieces taut.
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    Cross the left piece over the middle piece. This completes the first section of the braid.
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    Continue crossing the right and left pieces over the middle. Alternate crossing the left over the middle, then the right over the middle, making sure the strings stay taut. Continue weaving the strings in this way until you've run out of string to weave.
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    Tie a knot in the bottom. Gather the three ends and make another knot to secure them.

Method 4
Braiding Flowers

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    Pick three flowers with long stems. Try to pick them so that the stems are all approximately the same length. You need flowers with sturdy, pliable stems, like dandelions or clover.
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    Hold the flowers together just below their heads. Lightly pinch them together with one hand to hold them in place.
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    Separate the stems. Use the other hand to gently separate the three stems, so you have a right stem, a middle stem, and a left stem.
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    Cross the right stem over the middle stem. Keep handling the stems gently, and cross the right stem over the middle so that the right has now become the middle.
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    Cross the left stem over the middle stem. Now the left stem has become the middle stem.
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    Keep weaving the stems in this manner. Cross the right over the middle, then the left over the middle. Don't pull too hard, or the stems may break.
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    Secure the ends. Once you've run out of stem to weave, secure the three ends together by tying a knot, if possible, or using a bit of string instead if you want to make sure not to break the stems.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Don't get frustrated, you don't learn in a day.
  • Use a good quality hair band so it doesn't snap.
  • Don't make the braid too loose if you intend to be very active that day, as it may loosen even more.

Warnings

  • Be cautious while removing the hair band, as it gets tangled if pulled away harshly.


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