Hey there, hair enthusiasts! Whether you're prepping for a casual hangout or a special occasion, mastering the art of braiding can add that touch of elegance and charm to your look. If you're new to braiding or looking to refine your technique, we've got you covered with these braiding basics that will have you weaving stunning styles in no time.
1. Start with Clean, Prepped Hair
Before you dive into braiding, ensure your hair is clean, detangled, and dry. You can use a bit of lightweight hair product to control frizz and add texture – just remember, a little goes a long way.
2. Choose Your Braid Style
There's a braid for every vibe – from the classic three-strand braid to intricate fishtails and trendy Dutch braids. Decide on the style you want to rock and let the braiding adventure begin!
3. Divide and Conquer
For most braids, start by dividing your hair into sections. For a three-strand braid, divide your hair into three equal parts. Hold each section with one hand and begin crossing the right section over the middle one, then the left section over the new middle one.
4. Add Hair as You Go
To keep the braid looking neat and defined, add a small section of hair to each outer strand before crossing it over the middle. This technique is the secret to achieving those gorgeous, full-looking braids.
5. Keep it Tightly Tucked
While braiding, make sure to keep your hands close to your scalp and the tension consistent. This will prevent the braid from becoming loose and messy.
6. Experiment with Tension
Adjust the tightness of your braid according to the style you're going for. Looser braids can lend a boho-chic vibe, while tighter braids provide a more polished look.
7. Secure with a Hair Elastic
Once you've reached the desired length, secure the end of your braid with a hair elastic. You can use a clear one for a seamless finish or choose a decorative one that adds a pop of flair.
8. Finishing Touches
To make your braid look fuller and more voluminous, gently tug on the edges of the braid. This technique, known as "pancaking," gives your braid that effortlessly undone effect.
Photo Credit: Lupé Avilez Hair Stylist
9. Lock It In
Set your braid with a spritz of hairspray to ensure it stays in place all day long. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also accessorize with cute pins, clips, or ribbons.
10. Practice Makes Perfect
Like any skill, practice is key. Don't be discouraged if your first few attempts aren't runway-ready. Keep practicing, and soon you'll be braiding like a pro.
Remember, braiding is all about expressing your personal style and having fun with your hair. So, gather your hair tools, crank up your favorite tunes, and let your creativity flow. Happy braiding!
Lis & Kirby