Braids originated in Africa where it used to symbolize social status. But women from different countries and time periods have worn their hair in braids for its beauty and convenience. So, braids have always been around and their origins hardly matter because it’s making a big splash on fashion runways and in tinsel town in 2012! Braids are making such a big splash that they’re even fit to be seen on the red carpet.
There are different types of braids to try out for different events in your life. There’s the French braid, Fishtail Braid, Waterfall Braids, Reversed Braid, Microbraids, and the Classic Braid. Braids usually suit those with long hair, though girls with shorter hair length may enjoy the braided look with extra practice and the aid of hair products. Let’s start with the basics.
1. The Classic Braid- Classic Braids are also known as Dutch Braids. It may look a bit complicated but is actually easy to make.
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Take a look at Lauren Conrad’s photo, the hairstyle looks fresh and charming and will look absolutely perfect with that cute dress inside your closet.
Dutch Braid How To:
Simply divide your hair into two sections, tie the other part so you can easily braid the other portion of your hair. Pick up three divided sections of the hair making a crossover. Tie the end with an elastic band and repeat the same steps to the other portion of the hair. After doing so, roll the braid from the end going inwards as if making a bun. Pin the bun using a bobby pin and voila! Dutch Braids on the go.
2. The French Braid – The easiest of all braid styles. A laidback, easy, subtle yet pretty style. This blends well and looks good with a plaid polo and distressed denim shorts.
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French Braid How To:
Since this style is the most common among all braids, only three portions are needed. So to get things going, divide your hair into 3 parts. Starting from the top, cross the left portion over the right or whichever you prefer. After doing so, pick up another portion of the hair and continue doing so until you reach the end of the hair. Tie it with an elastic band. It is that easy.
3. The Fishtail Braid- The Fishtail Braid or Herring Bone Braid looks like the thinner version of the French Braid. Sure, it looks more sophisticated, stylish and complicated. But this style can be achieved in a snap with a keen eye and nimble fingers.
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Fish Tail Braid How To:
Divide your hair again into two portions, like that of a pigtail. Start weaving your hair; remember, the thinner the strand, the better the braid will look. You can also start weaving whichever side you prefer, be it left or right, but make sure to do it alternately. And the tighter the braids the better, so no strand of hair is out of place. Continue weaving until you reach the ends of the hair, and secure with an elastic band.
Remember, braids no matter how “basic” they can be; need a lot of patience and practice for you to achieve the look you’re aiming for. Make sure that you are armed with the proper tools: comb, a hair cream to keep the hair in place, elastic bands, and bobby pins to tightly secure the ends of the hair.