Different Types of Braiding Techniques
are incredibly diverse. There are a lot of different braiding techniques to choose
from. Most types of braids can be formal or casual. The visual effect your hairstyle
has will depend on other areas of your style. Your hair is only a part of your
fashion. The important thing is to familiarize yourself with different ways to
style whatever braiding technique you want to use so that it fits into whatever
event you are going to. You may choose to use the same braiding technique for
a casual day of errands as you do for a black-tie event. It all depends on how
you construct your overall look and how knowledgeable you are about the braiding
technique you want to use.
a lot of different things that factor into choosing braiding techniques. Hair
texture, length, volume and strength all play a significant part in determining
what braiding technique will look best on you. Another consideration is whether
or not you are able to execute the braiding technique yourself of if you would
need to bring in a professional to help you. The more elaborate and involved the
braiding technique is the more likely you will need assistance from someone trained
Classic 3-Strand Braid
one is great for beginners and easy enough for even younger children to execute.
It is achieved by sectioning the desired amount of hair into three sections. Then
you alternate one section over the other until you have reached the end of the
hair. As with nearly all braids, you tie it off at the end.
These both follow the
basic 3-strand alternating braiding technique used in a classic braid except that
you begin at the scalp rather than at the base of the head. You divide hair into
three sections, however with these braiding techniques you add hair to each section
as you begin to braid down/across the head. This weaves the braid onto your head
rather than letting it dangle. French braids alternate the layered strands over
one another while the Dutch braid technique alternates them under each other.
This particular braiding
technique is simple, but it is also tedious and can be time consuming. It begins
with the desired amount of hair divided into two sections. A very small piece
is taken from underneath one of the two sections and is pulled across the center
to the opposing section. Then you pull tight and repeat. All of the little parts
can be difficult to keep track of, but the romantic end result is worth the wait.
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.
This braid style could
also be classified as a twist because it only uses two strands of hair. You take
each of the two sections and individually twist them in opposite directions (one
clockwise, one counterclockwise). Then you twist them together and tie the end.
The two strands being individually twisted before twisting them together will
create the amount of tension you will need to keep the braid in place.
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).
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. This creates a sort of loop-ladder effect.
This method uses multiple
strands of hair going in both horizontal and vertical directions to create a basket-woven
lattice look across your whole head. This is a more advanced method and may even
require some assistance because of its many parts and directions. Not being able
to see the back of your head to make sure the strands or small braids you are
using for the lattice are straight or secure makes this a difficult solo braiding
technique for most.
arent the most glamorous braids in hair styling. In fact, the purpose of
crochet braids is to remain completely hidden. They are, however, an important
part of hair culture and are mentioned a lot. Crochet braids are the tiny braids
used to anchor hair extensions for a more secure, natural looking hair flow. They
are very tiny, extremely time consuming and require a professional to ensure a
successful, secure and stylish weave is achieved.
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
Multiple braid style choices
refer to dividing the entirety of your hair into multiple braids. It can be many
tiny cornrow braids, a head full of box braids or a simple triple or quadruple
French braid look. Many multiple braid styles require professional expertise because
they involve your whole head of hair. They can be pinned up and styled different
ways, but they can also be worn down and look fabulous. It just depends on which
of the braiding techniques you decide you want to use. Multiple braids can also
offer a good amount of hair protection and can usually be worn for longer periods
braids stop before they run the full length of the hair used to create them. They
are usually used transitionally as part of a grander hair styling idea. It could
be small French braids that end before the remaining hair is gathered into a chic
ponytail. It could also be that youve chosen to incorporate a lace braid
technique into your look that uses the ends of your hair leaves the upward portions
flowing loosely. Either way, partial braids use only a part of the hairs
length and may only use a very small area of hair.
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.
Weaving or clipping
decorations into your braid can be a colorful way to express your style or a fascinating
way to dress up an otherwise boring braid. Things like colorful string, strands
of beads and even certain types of chain (that dont easily snag or break
hair) can add to a strand of your braid to give it a fun pattern of detail. You
can also fasten charms and trinkets at various points in the braid to add more
sporadic and whimsical details. While this isnt a braiding technique, per
se, it is a braiding trend that is worth mentioning and can take your braid from
ordinary to show-stopping.
Once you have
mastered a braiding technique you can move on to conquer the next one that catches
your eye. You will get better and better the more you practice. Then you can start
to combine all the different braids youve learned to create new innovative
looks. Once you are comfortable with a braiding technique you can also experiment
with the directional flow of your braids and try styling them and pinning them
different ways. Your level of experience will determine how far your braiding
can go, and some experience requires special preparation and education.
you are a new at braiding, looking to master some more advanced techniques or
moving in the direction of hair professional, braiding is a great way to change
your look in a temporary way. Braiding also allows you a lot of creative freedom
and imaginative options when it comes to styling hair of all types. Braiding is
an art form, and like any art form it is an expression. Its up to you how
you express yourself. You will be learning many other neat techiques.
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