Braids for Beginners

With these unprecedented times of the Covid pandemic, sometimes we just want to take our minds away and focus on other things.

For me that usually means hairstyles. I have mentioned before, I play with my hair all the time -watching tv or movies, I’m always fiddling with my hair, but it has helped me come up with great hairstyles and tutorials.

I know it sounds trivial compared to what the world is going through right now but if I can help someone take their mind off the uncertain times we are in, then, I’ve helped in a small way.

Not only are braids practical for securing your hair during physical and outdoor activities, but you can use braids to express your personal style for any occasion, dressed up or down.

In this Video Tutorial, I go over the basics of braiding four different braids.

Pull up to your mirror and follow along!

3 Strand Braid


Everyone has to start somewhere, and when it comes to braiding, the three-strand braid is the first step.
Once you've mastered this braid, you'll be able to add braids to any hairstyle.
The easiest way to practice is to position yourself in front of a mirror and bring hair to the front or the side, as long as you can see what you are doing. Brush through your hair to create a smooth and knot-free base.

Divide your hair into three individual sections - left, centre, and right.
Take the right section, cross it over the centre section. Then take the left section and cross it over making it the new centre section. You have just created the first stitch in your three-strand braid!
Keep crossing and alternating all the way down.

And there you have it, an easy three-strand braid - perfect for beginners!


Dutch Braid

Now that you have mastered the 3 strand braid, this next braid will up your braiding game.
Dutch braids are super trendy right now – they are everywhere!
It uses the same technique but instead of crossing the section over the hair, we will bring the hair under the section.

Divide your hair into three individual sections - left, centre, and right.
Take the right section, cross it under the centre section. Then take the left section and cross it under making it the new centre section.
Keep crossing under and alternating sections all the way down.
Now that you know how to do a Dutch braid, there are so many different creative hairstyles that you can create incorporating this braid.

If your braid isn't as thick as you'd like, you can pull the loops on the braid slightly and "pancake" it to get a more voluminous, looser braid.


Fishtail Braid

Now you have learned all about three-strand braids, and it's time to learn how to make a two-strand braid.
Fishtail braids have a unique look about them because they're made with small sections of hair, but they're not as hard as you might think!

Divide it into two sections of about the same thickness.
Separate a small section of hair from the outside of one of the halves.
Cross the small section over to the far half section, and incorporate it there.
Separate a small section from the outer edge of the opposite half, and cross it over the preceding section to incorporate it with the first half.

Getting started with a fishtail is the toughest part, so don't get yourself down if it takes a few tries to get up and running!

Repeat by bringing a small section from the side you started with, and cross it over to the opposite side, and incorporate it into that half.

Continue crossing small sections from one half to the other, alternating sides, until you run out of hair.

Gently pull the braid apart to create a fuller appearance.
 It can take a bit of practice.

French Braid

The French braid is classic and timeless and is perfect for second- or third-day hair.
It may look complicated to achieve but it just takes is a bit of practice.

Divide your hair into three individual sections - left, centre, and right.
Take the right section, cross it over the centre section. Then take the left section and cross it over making it the new centre section.
Now add more hair to the right section, cross it over the centre.
Add more hair to the left section, cross it over the centre, and continue this pattern all the way down.
Once you reach your neck, bring your hair to one side and finish off with a three-strand braid.

(In the tutorial I was taking large sections, but the look is better achieved by using small sections.)

Now that you are familiar with how to do a French braid, there are multiple hairstyles you can achieve with this braid.

Feel free to “pancake” the braid by pulling on the sides of it to get a more voluminous and looser look.

Hope you found these braiding techniques easy and helpful!

For great braided styles,  purchase The Braid Book for easy braid styles!



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~Jennifer