Braids are common among Indian women and girls. In the past, they signified a woman's marital status: two braids meant that she was single, while one braid meant the woman was married.
To create braids, separate hair into three sections; weave the strands into a braid pattern by crossing the left strand with the middle then inserting the right in between. Continue in this pattern until the entire length of hair is braided. Secure with an elastic.
For two braids, separate hair down the middle and braid each side in the same manner as the single braid. For a more elaborate look, try a French braid, by adding an extra strand of hair to the traditional three-strand braid.