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5 Easy braiding techniques

These will surely twist your mouth into a smile

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Tired of the old ponytail? So are we. If you're looking for a simple way to change up your hair, may we interest you in a braid?

Braiding Techniques

Whether you're a fan or a hater of them, it doesn't matter. Braids are amazing! They keep that mane organized and beautiful, and they are always in style.

This is our roundup of five different (and easy) braiding techniques that we invite you to try out. We'll start off at the beginner level, so don't fret.

Plain old run-of-the-mill braid

This may surprise you, but not everyone knows how to braid hair. So let's start with a regular braid before we jump into the deep end, yes?

  1. First things first: Make sure your hair is not revolting, meaning it should be clean and brushed.
  2. Separate the allotted section of hair into three even sections.
  3. Grab the middle section, and pull it under the right chunk of hair. Now the former right portion of hair should be in the middle.
  4. Take the middle section yet again, only this time pull it under the left portion of your hair.
  5. Repeat the process, alternating between left and right.
  6. Secure with an elastic band. You're a champ!

French braid

You've conquered the regular braid and are now ready to move on! Let's start with the French braid.

  1. Separate a section of hair where you'd like the braid to start.
  2. Divide that section into three even subsections.
  3. Pull the middle section under the left so the former left section is now in the middle. Add some hair from the left side of the head to the new left section.
  4. Now, shift the middle section under the left, and add hair to the new right section as well.
  5. Repeat the process, alternating between left and right, adding hair each time until there is no more hair to include in the braid.
  6. Switch to the regular braid technique, braid all the way down, and secure it with an elastic band. You're a winner again.

Dutch braid

This braid is quite similar to the French braid in technique, but it creates a completely different look. Think Princess Leia-like.

  1. You know the drill: Clean and brushed hair, divided into three sections (once again, depending on where you'd like the braid to start).
  2. This is where the differences begin. Take the middle section, and cross it over the left, not under. Add some hair to your newly established left section.
  3. Take the middle section, and cross it over the right. Add hair to it from the right section of the head.
  4. Repeat the process (left, right, left right) until no hair is left to braid. Switch to the basic braid to finish off, and secure with an elastic band. You wild thing, you — look at you go!

Fishtail braid

Despite looking difficult and complex, this style is quite easy to achieve. For learning purposes we will start on a grand scale, but these braids can be much smaller.

  1. Hold all your hair (as if to make a low ponytail), and divide it into two even sections. Hold them in your hands.
  2. Pull a wisp of hair from the outside of the left side, and cross it under the right half (grab it with your right hand so it's incorporated).
  3. Now grab a thin section of hair from the right side, and cross it under the left.
  4. Repeat the back-and-forth, left-to-right process as you work your way down the braid. Once you run out of hair, secure the braid. You're a flying unicorn — that's how amazing you've just become at braiding hair.

Rope braid

This is a simple, neat little braid that looks visually enticing.

  1. While your hair is still damp, put it up into a ponytail.
  2. Divide the ponytail into two even sections. Twist each section around your fingers in a clockwise motion.
  3. Cross the right section over the left.
  4. Cross the left section over the right, and repeat until you run out of hair to braid. Secure with an elastic band. You're so good at weaving hair, your mother must have been a basket! Get it?

There you are. Feel free to mix these up, maybe do all five at once? No, you're right. But as usual, experiment. Let us know which ones worked for you!

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