Braiding is a technique that continues to play a big role in fashion and comfort with so many different types of braiding styles. Braiding may seem like a hassle to many of us; however, once you get the hang of it, you can blindly braid your hair by yourself.
Braid styles have proven to be fashionable, and at the same time, it gives you comfort. You don’t have to worry about your hair flying all over your face
With so many different braiding styles and techniques mentioned below are ten different ways to braid your hair, explained step by step. So, go through some of these amazing braiding styles and become a pro within days.
The Classic French Braid
French braids are one of the most common and popular braiding styles that people wear for their everyday gym routines, schools, or even at work. Once you get a hand of the French braid, other braiding styles will start to look very easy to make. In order to make a French braid, the four main things you will need are a detangle brush, tail brush, bristle brush, and some string hair elastics. Below are the steps of how to create a French braid:
- Before starting with any hairstyle, you should always brush your hair fully, and if making a braid, you should brush your hair with a bristle brush. Keep brushing until your hair is fully free of knots.
- With the help of your fingers or tail brush, take a section of your hair from your forehead to the crown of your head.
- Divide your hair into three individual sections and start braiding them by repeatedly crossing each section of your hair on to the other till your hair finishes.
- Continue to braid your hair while feeding in the sections until you reach the bottom. As soon as your hair is about to end, stop right there, and secure your braid with a hair elastic.
Fishtail braids are quite a fashion trend, and they may look very complicated; however, once you start making it, you’ll realize how easy it is. Fishtail braids help to spark out a very innocent and pretty feature, and it is perfect for pulling off an everyday work or school look. You can also wear fishtail braids as a glamorous look on your prom dress. Below are the steps that will guide you through creating a fishtail braid:
- Properly brush your hair with a detangler brush. Divide your hair into two pigtails and clip one side out of the way so you can easily start to work with the other section.
- Continue by splitting your hair into two halves and with your finger pull a few strands of your hair from the outside of the left portion and keep crossing it over by joining it inside on the right portion.
- Carry out the same method on the other side of your hair. Pull a piece of hair from the outside of the right area and cross it to the inside of the left area.
- Once you’ve reached the end, stop braiding and secure your fishtail with a hair elastic.
- For the final step, after you’ve done making both the braids, loosen the braids a bit to give it a unique messier look.
Halo Crown Braid
Halo braids are one of the most elegant hairstyles you can ever pull off at a formal event. It gives you the medieval vibes. It takes a lot of patience while making the halo crown braid, but once you’re done, you will realize it is worth the effort and time as this braiding style leaves you with a flawless and elegant look. If you want to try out the halo crown braid style, follow some of the steps below:
- Start by parting your hair down from the center with the help of a thin comb or your fingers.
- Begin to Dutch braid your hair starting from the nape of your neck on the left side. To make it easier for you, clip the other side of your hair, so you don’t get distracted while braiding the other side.
- Continue to Dutch braid across your hairline and right back down on the other side of your head, once you have reached your temple.
- As the braid comes to an end, secure it with a hair elastic, and slip in the secured ends neatly under the braid, and secure it with a pin.
Rope braids are one of the easiest braids to make and help you to achieve the perfect fighter girl look. You can pull off this look best for a casual day at school, or if you’re going for a run to the park. If you’re always getting late and don’t have time to make the perfect hairstyle, you can always rely on rope braids as it will hardly take you a few minutes to make it. If you plan to learn how to make a rope braid, you can follow these simple steps below:
- Start by brushing your hair into a proper ponytail; don’t make it too high or too low, just right in the middle, and secure it with a hair tie.
- Once you’ve made your ponytail, split it into two sections and start to twist each section in the same inward direction.
- Continue to twist and cross both the sections together, and you’ll get the perfect rope braid. Remember to secure the ends with a hair elastic and apply some hair setting spray to prevent the rope braid from opening up.
If you’re looking for something very feminine, these waterfall braids are the perfect way to achieve a feminine look. These braids will especially go well on a bride’s maid or flower girl’s dress, and you can top it off with some flowers. Waterfall braids allow you to leave some of your hair open unlike other braiding styles, so if you plan to learn how to make a waterfall braid, follow these simple steps below and achieve the perfect waterfall braid.
- Start by parting your hair and use the French braiding technique to braid your hair from your hairline to your temple.
- In the next step, continue to French braid your hair, but instead of crossing the outer piece, just leave it open and let it flow, while you continue to braid the rest of the sections.
- French braid the other section of your hair from your hairline and add it to your braid. But do not cross the outer section over; leave it as it is.
- Once you’ve finished braiding till the back of your head, join both the sections and secure it with a pin.
- Add some setting spray and fresh flowers for an elegant touch.
Dutch braids are another type of braiding style that helps you achieve an exquisite and glamorous look. You can make Dutch braids using the plaiting technique and make different styles from it. Mentioned below are a few steps that will guide you on how to make a classic Dutch braid:
- Start off by brushing your hair with a bristle brush to get rid of all the knots and tangles.
- Then take a section of your hair from your forehead to the crown of your head.
- Split your hair into three equal sections and braid them using the three-strand method.
- Continue to braid and feed in the sections of your hair until your hair finishes and finally secure it with a hair elastic.
Spiral braids are something fun to create and look very trendy on every girl. This braiding style mostly looks good in a bun, and you can pull it off on any formal clothing from your closet. This hairstyle is not difficult to make, but it does require a lot of patience and effort. If you want to learn how to make a spiral braid for the next wedding you attend, follow these simple steps and achieve the perfect looking spiral braid:
- Begin by gathering half of your hair into a half-up ponytail and start to French braid on the side of your crown. Remember to go clockwise while braiding across the front of your hairline.
- Continue to braid the left portion of your head along the nape of your neck and gradually place it on the top of your crown to create a spiral flow.
- Once you’ve achieved the spiral look, slide in the ends of your hair into the braid that comes along your hairline. This ensures that no hair strand is left out.
- Use a setting spray to prevent your spiral braids from opening up.
Boho braids are a simple braiding style that includes a very easy braiding method. Boho braids may remind you or give you a country windmill vibe as the look sometimes appears to be of the country gals. These braids are something that you can pull off on anything from your closet, whether it is a casual or formal outfit. Mentioned below are some easy steps that will guide you on how to create Boho braids.
- Start by picking out a small portion of your hair, a few inches behind from your hairline, and begin to braid it using the three-strand braiding technique.
- In this next step, you have to French braid a bigger section of your hair, which you will perform an inch behind your first braid. Secure the braid with a hair elastic and leave it loose.
- Finally, gather all your hair and split it into two halves. Use the rope braid technique to bring your hair together and secure the ends with a hair tie.
Butterfly braids are a unique type of braiding design as these braids are usually thick and fluffy. You can make these braids with the help of extensions, as this contributes to the extra thickness. Butterfly braids help you achieve a very glamorous and unique look, and the best part is the butterfly effect that appears on your hair. In order to learn how to create butterfly braids, follow these simple steps below:
- To create a butterfly braid, you will need a pair of braiding hair extensions. You require these extensions mainly to maintain the volume and length of the braid, as without these, you won’t attain a fluffy look.
- Begin by middle-parting your hair with a tail comb and divide your hair into two equal sections. You have to create two big braids on each side of your hair, so use the braiding hair to the right side of your head and keep continuing to braid.
After you’ve braided one side of your head, continue on the other side. Once you’ve completed both the braids, gather them together while you reach the nape of your neck.
Use proper hair products, and especially a hair setting spray to keep your braids intact and glowing, as during this process, your hair is most likely to start drying up.
The Skeleton Braid
The Skeleton braid is a new braiding design that has recently become popular in the fashion industry. This design helps you to achieve the perfect insta shot and makes your look as aesthetic and elegant as ever. If you like keeping all your hair intact in a stylish way, this braiding design is just right for you. You can try out the skeleton braid by following a few of the steps mentioned below:
- Start by taking a 3-inch strip of hair from the center of your head, and use this strip to create a classic Dutch braid till the area below the crown of your head. Secure the rest of the Dutch braid with hair elastic.
- Start braiding both sides of your hair on top of the current Dutch braid. Don’t fully cover the braid as the main point is to have a peek of it.
- Use the three-strand braiding method to braid the rest of your hair, and once the hair starts to finish, secure it with and hair elastic.
Can I Regularly Shampoo My Hair If I Have Twists or Extensions in my Braids?
You can definitely shampoo your hair; however, you should avoid shampooing it too much as your extensions may start to come off, leaving your hair in an absolute mess. It is best to shampoo once a week, but if you want to stay more careful, use a stocking cap when you do a full shampoo and also use a dry shampoo.
Will my Scalp hurt if I Get braids?
Yes, you will definitely feel pain and a pulling sensation for the first three days. However, the pain varies from person to person. Some people may experience more pain than others, especially if they have sensitive skin. If you’re in too much pain, you can always use a hair cooler spray to reduce the pain for a few hours. If it gets worse, you should immediately consult your skin doctor.
How Can I Take Care of My Braids?
The best way to take care of your braids is by thoroughly shampooing your hair before you get braids because once you get braids, you can’t and shouldn’t shampoo for at least the first three weeks. In order to maintain your braids, always keep applying hair shiner spray to keep your braids fresh and sparkly.
Can I Braid My Hair Myself?
Yes, you can braid your hair yourself; however, this entirely depends on the braiding design. You can easily make braids, such as French braids and skeleton braids. It is always best to let someone else braid your hair, as this is less painful, and there are lesser chances of achieving an untidy look, especially when you have to create braids that are right behind your head.
Is it Normal for Dead Hair to Occur in My Braids?
Yes, it is very normal to see dead hairs in your braids, as these usually fall out or come in your brush when you brush your hair every day. Since you can’t do much while your hair exists in a braid, these dead hairs tend to remain buried in your hair, until you open your braid. Remember that these hairs don’t occur due to the braid.
With the help of these step by step braiding guidelines of different braiding styles, you can now become an actual braiding pro. Once you get the hang of one of these styles, the other styles will be a piece of cake. So, make the most of these step by step guidelines and try out all these fantastic braiding hair designs.