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How to Braid Hair

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


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

<b>To braid another person's hair or do the front of your own head</b>

The hair should be clean and dry. If it is wavy or curly, you may want to
blow dry it straight first to make the braid more even. Add some styling
gel to smooth any flyaways and make the hair more manageable. Comb the
hair to remove tangles.

Divide the hair into three even sections. Place the left section between
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 right middle finger and pull it s o it
passes behind the right section. Extend your right thumb and index finger
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 left 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 shift
the portion of the hair hooked in the left middle finger so it sits
between the left index finger and thumb.

Continue until the braid is the desired length. For a tighter, more
compact braid, pull the middle section into a horizontal line as you move
it to the right or left. If you prefer a loose, elong ated braid, simply
shift the middle section to the right or left, letting it remain in a
vertical line.
When the braid is done, secure the end of the hair with a covered rubber
band. Add a bow or barrette as desired.

Be sure to pull the portions of hair as evenly as possible so the tension
remains consistent. If the tension is tighter on one side, your braid
will twist to one side instead of lying flat. Avoid pulling too hard, as
this may lead to hair damage.

<b>Braiding the back of your own hair</b>

Comb   your hair before you begin and remove any tangles. Divide the hair
into   three even sections. Some people have found that if you braid your
hair   when it's damp, say 30 minutes to an hour after a shower or bath, it
does   not get frizzy and is easier to work with.

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

Extend your left index finger and hook 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 section of hair with your right hand, pull it
to the right side, and then resume the thumbs down fist position with
both hands.

Extending your right index finger, hook the far left portion of hair and
let it slip completely out of the left hand. Shift the portion of hair in
your left hand into a thumbs down fist and then release the left 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 braid is complete. To braid very long
hair, you may have to free a hand to pull the sections through. Secure
the braid as it develops by pressing your knuckles into it as you shift
your hands for the next cross. Use a covered elastic to secure the
finished braid and decorate as desired.

Experiment with using different hand positions. You may discover a
technique that works better for you.

<b>Practice leads to success</b>

The first time you try to braid hair, it will go slowly. Practice your
technique and be patient until you know how to braid hair. It may take
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
still. Give her a hand mirror so she can watch you do the braiding. If
her hair is too thin and fine for an elastic to hold the braid, use pipe
cleaners. These come in many colors and children usually have them
readily available.
When you're learning how to braid hair, it might help to visit a hair
salon where they do braiding and watch the stylists braid their clients'
hair. Another good practice technique is to braid the hair of a doll or
hair mannequin.

				
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