How To Braid Hair

How to​ Braid Hair
Hair braiding is​ a​ way to​ style hair you​ can do at​ home,​ but it​ does involve a​ learning process. Once you​ know how to​ braid hair,​ you​ can transform your own or​ someone elses hair into a​ cute new style in​ just a​ few minutes. Here are some easy instructions on​ how to​ braid hair.
To braid another persons hair or​ do the​ front of​ your own head
The hair should be clean and dry. if​ it​ is​ wavy or​ curly,​ you​ may want to​ blow dry it​ straight first to​ make the​ braid more even. Add some styling gel to​ smooth any flyaways and make the​ hair more manageable. Comb the​ hair to​ remove tangles.
Divide the​ hair into three even sections. Place the​ left section between your left index finger and thumb,​ let the​ middle section hang free and place the​ right section between your right index finger and thumb.
Hold the​ middle section with your right middle finger and pull it​ so it​ passes behind the​ right section. Extend your right thumb and index finger so the​ right portion of​ hair becomes the​ new middle section.
Using the​ left middle finger,​ pull the​ middle section behind the​ left section. Extend or​ straighten the​ left index finger and thumb to​ move the​ left section into the​ middle.
Shift the​ portion of​ hair hooked in​ the​ right middle finger so it​ sits between the​ right index finger and thumb. Repeat the​ process. Then shift the​ portion of​ the​ hair hooked in​ the​ left middle finger so it​ sits between the​ left index finger and thumb.
Continue until the​ braid is​ the​ desired length. for​ a​ tighter,​ more compact braid,​ pull the​ middle section into a​ horizontal line as​ you​ move it​ to​ the​ right or​ left. if​ you​ prefer a​ loose,​ elongated braid,​ simply shift the​ middle section to​ the​ right or​ left,​ letting it​ remain in​ a​ vertical line.
When the​ braid is​ done,​ secure the​ end of​ the​ hair with a​ covered rubber band. Add a​ bow or​ barrette as​ desired.

Be sure to​ pull the​ portions of​ hair as​ evenly as​ possible so the​ tension remains consistent. if​ the​ tension is​ tighter on​ one side,​ your braid will twist to​ one side instead of​ lying flat. Avoid pulling too hard,​ as​ this may lead to​ hair damage.

Braiding the​ back of​ your own hair
Comb your hair before you​ begin and remove any tangles. Divide the​ hair into three even sections. Some people have found that if​ you​ braid your hair when its damp,​ say 30 minutes to​ an hour after a​ shower or​ bath,​ it​ does not get frizzy and is​ easier to​ work with.
Lift your left elbow to​ shoulder height and make a​ thumbs down fist around the​ left portion of​ hair. Do the​ same on​ the​ right side,​ letting the​ middle portion lie against your spine.
Extend your left index finger and hook the​ right section of​ hair. Pull it​ in​ front of​ the​ middle section,​ letting it​ slip completely out of​ the​ right hand. Take the​ middle section of​ hair with your right hand,​ pull it​ to​ the​ right side,​ and then resume the​ thumbs down fist position with both hands.
Extending your right index finger,​ hook the​ far left portion of​ hair and let it​ slip completely out of​ the​ left hand. Shift the​ portion of​ hair in​ your left hand into a​ thumbs down fist and then release the​ left index finger. Make a​ thumbs down fist with your right hand and then use your left index finger to​ hook the​ far right section.
Continue the​ process until the​ braid is​ complete. to​ braid very long hair,​ you​ may have to​ free a​ hand to​ pull the​ sections through. Secure the​ braid as​ it​ develops by pressing your knuckles into it​ as​ you​ shift your hands for​ the​ next cross. Use a​ covered elastic to​ secure the​ finished braid and decorate as​ desired.
Experiment with using different hand positions. you​ may discover a​ technique that works better for​ you.
Practice leads to​ success
The first time you​ try to​ braid hair,​ it​ will go slowly. Practice your technique and be patient until you​ know how to​ braid hair. it​ may take some time to​ discover your rhythm. Braiding will become much easier with the​ more times you​ do it.
If youre braiding a​ young childs hair,​ ask that she keep her head still. Give her a​ hand mirror so she can watch you​ do the​ braiding. if​ her hair is​ too thin and fine for​ an elastic to​ hold the​ braid,​ use pipe cleaners. These come in​ many colors and children usually have them readily available.
When youre learning how to​ braid hair,​ it​ might help to​ visit a​ hair salon where they do braiding and watch the​ stylists braid their clients hair. Another good practice technique is​ to​ braid the​ hair of​ a​ doll or​ hair mannequin.

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