Title: How to Braid Hair Word Count: 835 Summary: 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. Keywords: 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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