Techniques for Braiding & Locking African-American Hair

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Techniques for braiding and locking will vary depending on what type of hair texture you have. Find out about techniques for braiding and locking with help from an experienced hair care professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Jennifer Hyde. I'm here today to show you how some different techniques for braiding and locking on African-American hair textures. So we have here our lovely model, Fallen. And what we have done for her is we've actually started a few locks using four different methods. All these methods can be used on African-American hair or any type of hair really. But especially on curly hair. You have lots and lots of options as to how you go about making a starter lock. So, just to give you a short synopsis of each version. We have rip and twist, we have back combing, comb coils and we also have a two stranded twist. So, the two stranded twist is actually two separate sections of hair sub sections of hair with any sections. That you first twist this way and them, you twist them this way and you bind them at the bottom to hold them altogether. This is a very neat and pretty way to wear the hair as you're beginning to lock the hair. Curly hair, if kept in this pattern for a length of time will eventually begin to form a lock. Because the curls will interweave and therefore the lock will begin and it will have this kind of neat look in the beginning. And it will turn into a full fledged dreadlock, probably somewhere in the four to six month mark. Next we have comb coils. Comb coils are probably the most simplified way to begin your locks. Because if you have very curly hair, you are simply taking a small section of hair. Using that curl pattern, spinning the hair very close to the scalp and tight. Using that curl pattern to make a small coil. Manipulating these coils over an amount of time. Will eventually cause that hair to lock individually and tie itself in knots. Which is of course the whole name of the game. And eventually these beautiful combed coils will turn into a lock. Next, we have a back combing method. Our back combing method is just exactly what it sounds like. We're using a fine tooth comb, we're grabbing a section of hair, we're pushing that hair against itself to make it kind of poof out. And create a small tuft. That we're then going to take whatever stray hairs do not go in and we're going to weave them using a small latch hook. And we're going to weave them back and forth within the shaping. In order to start our lock. And last we have a rip and twist method. And a rip and twist method is basically taking small sections of hair and pulling them and then, twisting the hair. And then, you're repeating that and you just continue, continue, continue until you get all the way from the scalp into the ends. And then, again, trusty latch hook to weave in whatever little pieces and force them into the inside of the shaping. Therefore solidifying the lock as much as possible.

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