How to Braid Hair


If you have longer hair and sometimes get tired of it hanging in your face but don't want to just pull your hair back in a ponytail, try to braid it. Learning how to create hair braids does involve a bit of a curve, but once you've got it down, you can put a braid in someone's hair or your own hair in a matter of minutes.



Things You'll Need

  • Combs
  • Hairbrush
  • Blow Dryers
  • Ponytail Holders
  • Hair Styling Aids
  • Hair Accessories
  1. Braiding Someone Else's Hair or the Front Section of Your Own Hair

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      Begin by applying a styling gel, mousse or pomade to clean, damp hair and blow drying it as smooth as possible. Braiding hair that hasn't been washed that day and already has hair products in it also works well.

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      Divide tangle-free 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. This will begin to create the hair braids.

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      Grab 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 portion of hair therein becomes the middle section.

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      Use the left middle finger to pull the middle section behind the left section. Extend or straighten the left index finger and thumb to make the left section become the middle section. Pay careful attention to the smoothness and tension of your hair braid sections.

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      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.

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      Continue until you achieve the desired length of the hair braid. Make a tighter, more compact braid by pulling the middle section into a horizontal line as you pull it to the right or left. For a loose, elongated braid, simply shift the middle section to the right or left, letting it remain in a vertical line.

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      Tie off the ends of the hair braid with a covered rubber band. Add a bow or barrette when appropriate.

    Braiding the Back of Your Own Hair

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      Style the front of your hair, including bangs, wisps and tendrils, before you begin your hair braid. Divide tangle-free hair into three even sections.

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      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.

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      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. Grab the middle section of hair with your right hand, pull it to the right side, then resume the thumbs-down fist position with both hands.

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      Extend 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, then free up the left index finger. Make a thumbs-down fist with your right hand, then use your left index finger to hook the far right portion. Try and keep the tension on each section of your hair braid as even as possible for best results.

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      Continue the process until the braid is complete. To braid very long hair, you may have to free a hand to pull the portions through. Secure the developing braid by pressing your knuckles into it as you shift your hands for the next cross.

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