How to Do a Herringbone Braid

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A herringbone braid resembles a crisscross pattern of a fish bone, and it is done using two hair sections, taking small bits of hair from the outside of each section and crossing them in the middle. Practice doing a herringbone braid with beauty advice from a professional hair stylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi my name is Lauren and today I'm here to tell you how to do a herringbone braid. As you can see I split her hair into two in order to show you what that finished product will look like. It almost looks like a bone, how if you know you have a piece of fish and have the bone actually you have your sternum here and then like your little bone pieces that come out. So that would be like your ribs. You're basically doing a herringbone braid. So what you're going to do is bring your hair back and now if you're only going to do one, you're going to bring your entire hair back into a ponytail. You're then going to split the hair into two sections. Try to make the sections as even as possible. And if it's not even density-wise then you're just going to want to just fix that. And what you're going to do is you're going to hold those two sections and you're going to want to really hold this braid tight. You're going to start picking pieces from the outside of each section and joining it with the opposite section. So I'm going to grab this piece from over here and I'm going to join it with the opposite section. Again you're still going to really want to hold this tight. This braid, doing it on yourself is going to take a little bit of getting used to because of the actual weave of the braid. So you see how we're starting to get that criss-cross pattern? You're then going to bring it again, and you're going to continue doing this all the way down. Each time you do it you're going to get a little bit more of that criss-cross. Small sections from the outside of each larger section. Bring them over and connect them. This is how you're going to start getting your braid in. You're going to do this all the way down to the bottom. And the further you get down actually the easier it becomes because it's the less hair that you have to work with. You're going to keep bringing them over. So now you're starting to get that criss-cross pattern right in here. And if you feel like it's starting to get a little on the loose side simply put your hands a little bit closer together and start to kind of pull at those pieces of hair in each section, that'll kind of help get a little bit more smoothness in here, and it'll also help really define that criss-cross section. You're going to continue this all the way down. That is how to do a herringbone fish braid.


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