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How to Braid Hair

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Hair braiding is a way to style hai
r you can do at home, but it does i
nvolve a learning process. Once you
 know how to braid hair, you can tr
ansform your own or someone else's
hair into a cute new style in just
a few minutes. Here are some easy i
nstructions on how to braid hair.


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how to braid hair, hairstyle


Article Body:
Hair braiding is a way to style hai
r you can do at home, but it does i
nvolve a learning process. Once you
 know how to braid hair, you can tr
ansform your own or someone else's
hair into a cute new style in just
a few minutes. Here are some easy i
nstructions on how to braid hair.
<b>To braid another person's hair o
r do the front of your own head</b>

The hair should be clean and dry. I
f it is wavy or curly, you may want
 to blow dry it straight first to m
ake the braid more even. Add some s
tyling gel to smooth any flyaways a
nd make the hair more manageable. C
omb the hair to remove tangles.

Divide the hair into three even sec
tions. Place the left section betwe
en your left index finger and thumb
, let the middle section hang free
and place the right section between
 your right index finger and thumb.

Hold the middle section with your r
ight middle finger and pull it so i
t passes behind the right section.
Extend your right thumb and index f
inger so the right portion of hair
becomes the new middle section.

Using the left middle finger, pull
the middle section behind the left
section. Extend or straighten the l
eft index finger and thumb to move
the left section into the middle.
Shift the portion of hair hooked in
 the right middle finger so it sits
 between the right index finger and
 thumb. Repeat the process. Then sh
ift the portion of the hair hooked
in the left middle finger so it sit
s between the left index finger and
 thumb.

Continue until the braid is the des
ired length. For a tighter, more co
mpact braid, pull the middle sectio
n into a horizontal line as you mov
e it to the right or left. If you p
refer a loose, elongated braid, sim
ply shift the middle section to the
 right or left, letting it remain i
n a vertical line.

When the braid is done, secure the
end of the hair with a covered rubb
er band. Add a bow or barrette as d
esired.

Be sure to pull the portions of hai
r as evenly as possible so the tens
ion remains consistent. If the tens
ion is tighter on one side, your br
aid will twist to one side instead
of lying flat. Avoid pulling too ha
rd, as this may lead to hair damage.
<b>Braiding the back of your own hai
r</b>

Comb your hair before you begin and
 remove any tangles. Divide the hai
r into three even sections. Some pe
ople have found that if you braid y
our hair when it's damp, say 30 min
utes to an hour after a shower or b
ath, it does not get frizzy and is
easier to work with.

Lift your left elbow to shoulder he
ight and make a thumbs down fist ar
ound the left portion of hair. Do t
he same on the right side, letting
the middle portion lie against your
 spine.

Extend your left index finger and h
ook the right section of hair. Pull
 it in front of the middle section,
 letting it slip completely out of
the right hand. Take the middle sec
tion of hair with your right hand,
pull it to the right side, and then
 resume the thumbs down fist positi
on with both hands.

Extending your right index finger,
hook the far left portion of hair a
nd let it slip completely out of th
e left hand. Shift the portion of h
air in your left hand into a thumbs
 down fist and then release the lef
t index finger. Make a thumbs down
fist with your right hand and then
use your left index finger to hook
the far right section.

Continue the process until the brai
d is complete. To braid very long h
air, you may have to free a hand to
 pull the sections through. Secure
the braid as it develops by pressin
g your knuckles into it as you shif
t your hands for the next cross. Us
e a covered elastic to secure the f
inished braid and decorate as desir
ed.

Experiment with using different han
d positions. You may discover a tec
hnique that works better for you.

<b>Practice leads to success</b>

The first time you try to braid hai
r, it will go slowly. Practice your
 technique and be patient until you
 know how to braid hair. It may tak
e some time to discover your rhythm
. Braiding will become much easier
with the more times you do it.

If you're braiding a young child's
hair, ask that she keep her head st
ill. Give her a hand mirror so she
can watch you do the braiding. If h
er hair is too thin and fine for an
 elastic to hold the braid, use pip
e cleaners. These come in many colo
rs and children usually have them r
eadily available.

When you're learning how to braid h
air, it might help to visit a hair
salon where they do braiding and wa
tch the stylists braid their client
s' hair. Another good practice tech
nique is to braid the hair of a do
ll or hair mannequin.

								
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