Want to be a better braider? Here are some quick and easy tips to help you braid your hair.
Braiding is one of my all-time favourite hairstyling techniques because it’s so versatile. What’s more, with shows like Game of Thrones, Hunger Games and Frozen using braids so much, these styles are really becoming one of the most popular ways to wear your hair at the moment. Which is really lucky because I reckon I wear braids four days out of seven, and sometimes even more.
I’m self-taught and I’m not that coordinated. So if I can do it, I know you can too.
1. Start with a simple style
Believe it or not, but fishtail braids are one of the easier braids to do. Check out my fishtail braid tutorial and try it yourself.
Or play around with the classic 3 strand braids (plaits) to create styles like this easy braided updo tutorial.
Once you’ve mastered these styles you can start building on your braiding skills and try more complicated styles.
2. Embrace messy hair
Your braids aren’t going to be perfect first time and that’s ok!
I personally think messy braids look better as they look more modern and less child-like. Who cares if there are layers poking through your braids, just go with it. I bet you’ll get a compliment on your new style
3. Dirty hair is my dirty secret
Braids are better in dirty hair. Seriously.
If your hair is too clean and soft, it won’t stay in place and will fall out of your braid. I use a texture spray or volume powder to mess up my clean hair if I want to wear a braid.
On dirty hair, I just spray a little dry shampoo on the roots and let the braids cover up the rest. It’s a perfect style solution for those days when you really should have washed your hair.
I know this isn’t a quick tip, but it is easy.
It’s a fact that the more often you do something, the better you become at doing that thing. So if you want to be a better braider, keep practising.
Don’t wait until you’re about to go out to try that new braid. Next time you’re watching TV, practise braiding your hair. You’ll be surprised at how fast you improve.
Some of my best braids have been complete accidents.
I love braids so much that I wrote a whole book about them. My 30 Braids in 30 Days ebook teaches you all the different classic braid styles plus has over 30 step-by-step tutorials for braiding your own hair. Get braiding here.
What’s your tip to be a better braider?