How to Braid Your Own Hair

 Learning how to braid your own hair can be a struggle for some, but practice makes perfect when it comes to braiding your own hair.

Scroll down for a step-by-step guide to braiding your own hair.

NOTE

If your hair is too clean, the braid won’t hold. If you’re planning to braid your hair damp right after washing, run an anti-frizz serum through your strands to keep them smooth.

TYPES OF BRAIDS

Accent Braids

These are small braids that accent or accessorize a hairstyle. Small accent braids can be pinned, spiraled, curled or left loose to add attractive detail to a myriad of different hairstyles.

French braid

If you can master the three-strand braid, you should move on to the French braid easily, which includes picking up pieces from either side of your head and adding it to the braid as you work. Start by gathering a top section of the hair and divide it into three equal parts. Braid these three sections once. Before continuing the braid, add a section of hair from the same side of your head and add it to the part of the hair that continues the braid. Then braid that one section. Then, repeat on the opposite side. Continue adding more hair to your braid as you move down your head until you reach the nape of your neck. Braid the remaining strands to the bottom and secure your ends.

Dutch braid

Also known as boxer braids, dutch braids work best on long hair. Start by parting your hair down the middle, using a comb to make sure it’s straight all the way back to the nape of your neck. Split your hair so there’s one section over each shoulder. Grab three small pieces of hair at your hairline. A dutch braid is basically the opposite of a french braid; you want to weave each piece under the braid rather than over. The piece on the right goes under the middle, and then the piece on the left goes under that. Repeat this pattern of crossing the right section under the middle strand, and then the left section under the middle strand. Keep adding more hair from the root every time you weave a new section. Once you reach the nape of your neck, switch to a regular three-strand braid. Tie it off at the end with a hair tie and repeat the process on the other side.

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 Rope braid

It doesn’t get easier than a twisted rope braid. It takes about two minutes to perfect this adorable braided hairstyle. Brush out all the knots and tangles in your hair and tie it into a high ponytail. Divide your ponytail into two sections. Twist these sections individually in a clockwise direction till the very ends. Intertwine these twisted sections with each other in a counterclockwise direction until you reach the ends and secure with a hair tie.

Milkmaid braid

This braided hairstyle looks like it takes forever to master, but it’s actually super simple. Part your hair down the middle until you reach the nape of your neck, dividing your hair into two equal sections. Do a simple three-strand braid with the section on the right and tie up the ends with a hair elastic. Repeat with the section of hair on the left. Tug apart and loosen both braids to make them look wider and give them more dimension. Pull out a few strands of hair from the front to frame your face. Pick up your right braid, place it across the crown of your head and pin down its end wherever it falls on the opposite side of your head. Insert some bobby pins along the length of this braid to secure it firmly to your head. Repeat this with your left braid, making sure to tuck its ends under the right braid to hide it from view before pinning it to your head.

Classic braid

The classic three-strand braid is simple and looks chic anytime. Start by dividing your hair into three equal sections. Flip the left section over the middle section. Now, flip the right section over the middle section (that was previously the left section). Keep repeating this by alternately flipping the left and right sections of hair over the middle section until you have braided till the end. Secure your ends with a hair tie

Plait Braids

Plait braids follow the same basic alternating principle of a classic 3-strand braid. The only difference is that with a plait braid you are adding more strands. This makes it far more difficult to remember which strand is on top. Using four or five strands is not uncommon but you could theoretically use as many strands as your hair length and attention span will allow. Once you have mastered simple plaiting techniques you can begin to expand into plaiting designs into your braids.

Lace Braid

A lace braid employs the same basic principle as a French braid but instead of pulling the braid tight to the scalp you focus on weaving the ends of your hair together. This is a perfect braid for those struggling to grow out front layers or bangs because it transitionally weaves the ends into one another (just like lace trim).

Ladder Braid

This braiding technique can be achieved in a couple of different ways. Some ladder braids weave strands of hair between two braids while other ladder braids weave strands of hair from one side of a single braid to the other. The first creates a visually obvious ‘hair ladder’ with each of the two braids acting as the posts and the woven strands appearing as the rungs. The second ladder braid technique is used more often as a hair wrapping method. For example, a ladder braid might wrap a ponytail by weaving strands of hair from one side of the small anchor braid, pulling it around the gathered ponytail hair and then weaving it back into the other side of the braid. 

Single Braids

This is when all of your hair is gathered into a single braid. This option is typically used by those with long, soft hair. The braid usually hangs over the shoulder or down the back. However, some single braids can also be around the head to create a halo or ‘milkmaid’ style look.

These are the simplest ways to braid your own hair

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