Protection and style together are not impossible now. You can perfectly style your hair while protecting it. Braiding is one such boon for your hair. A braid is perfect when you have no time to hair styling. It is easy to make a braid and is comfortable for everyday routines. French braid, fishtail braid, Dutch braid, headband braid are some of the most popular and common braids. But before you choose one of them for your hair it is necessary to know the simple braiding. Read our article and learn the steps to braid your own hair.
Different Types of Braid:
- Simple Braid
- French Braid
- Fishtail Braid
- Side Braid
- Dutch Braid
Steps to Braid Your Own Hair
1.) Prepare Your Hair to Make a Braid
The cake will only become tasty if the dough is smooth and soft. In the same way, your braid will become neat and perfect if your hair is clean and smooth. For this, you need to wash your hair with a good shampoo and conditioner. Make sure that while you start braiding your hair is completely dry because if you braid wet hair it will expand, leading to hair breakage. After washing your hair, brush your hair with a wide comb and remove all the knots. Try to use a dry shampoo to add texture to your hair. Clean hair will make your work easier.
2.) Decide the Side on Which You Want to Braid to Fall
This question will obviously cross your mind when you will start to braid your own hair. It is very necessary to decide before hand on which side you want your braid to fall so that you can follow the steps accordingly. The position of your braid can change your look completely. Whichever side you choose, make sure it makes you feel comfortable.
Ideas to Decide the Side on Which the Braid will Fall:
- You can start with a side braid as it is easy to create and you will have full control on it if you are a beginner.
- Another option is to make a ponytail and then braid it. This will make your ponytail stiff is going to give you a casual look.
- You can braid a low ponytail to make a classic and elegant braid.
3.) Split Your Hair into Sections
This is the first step to braid your own hair. Split your hair into three sections to make a traditional braid. Make sure that the size of the each section is equal. Unequal sections will make your braid look untidy. One section of the hair is on the left, one in the middle and the third one on the right. Use your hands to hold the left and right section of your hair and allow the middle section to hang.
4.) Direction to Braid Your Own Hair
Since you have already divided your hair into three sections now it is time to braid your own hair. Cross the right section of the hair over the center. Once you have crossed the right section over the center hold it with your fingers to secure it. Use your thumb to hold the center section. Cross the left section over this newly created section. Make sure that you pull the hair tightly to avoid gaps in between. A tight braid looks elegant and classy. If your hair is long, then keeping moving your fingers through it to prevent knots.
5.) Keep on Braiding the Hair
It is very easy to braid your own hair. Keep on crossing the left and right sections over the center section. Pull the hair tightly to make a neat and clean braid. Keep on twisting your left and right hands to cross the hair over the center sections. Cross the alternate sections over the center until you reach the end.
6.) Finishing off the Braid:
This is the final step to braid your own hair. You have already come half way now it is time to finish it. Keep on braiding the hair until you reach the end. Keep pulling your hair snug while you continue braiding. Use an elastic band to secure your braid. Make sure that the elastic is tight enough otherwise, the sections of your hair will come out.
Tips to Fix the Issues That Occur While Braiding:
- If your hair is layered it is obvious that it will come out while braiding. But don’t worry here is a quick fix. You just need to use a flexible hairspray before braiding.
- Thick and frizzy hair can be the important reason behind your untidy braid. The messy and frizzy hair will make it difficult for you to braid your own hair. You can use a pomade or wax to make your hair smooth.
- If loose braids annoy you then pull the hair tightly so that it can stay for a long time. If you want it to stay for more than one day, then sleep on a silk pillowcase to prevent frizz.
- Before you start braiding your thin hair use a volumizing shampoo or spray to make your hair look fuller and thicker.