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Hair Braiding Basics for Beginners (with pictures)

This summer, it’s all about the plait power. Whether it’s a stylish braid incorporated into an up-do or a casual Dutch plait for a look that is sleek and slick; it’s the go-to style of the season. Here at Central Studio, we love everything plaits, and we even have our own braid bar for when you need flawless hair! Whether it’s a music festival, a concert or even just a big night out, we have all your plaiting needs covered, and will leave you looking and feeling fabulous, whatever the occasion! Pop into our hair salon, Bristol to get your dream braid or contact us for more information.

So, how many of you want to jump on this trend for a daily look? We all want drop-dead plaits that are rain-proof this summer – it is England after all – but not all of us can manage even the simplest of plaits. We’ve come up with a few guides on how to become the queen of basic braids, so you can achieve the look this summer.

A Basic Braid

The beginning seems like a good place to start, so firstly we’ll talk you through a basic braid. Start by detangling your hair with a brush or a comb, and those with thick or layered hair may wish to dampen their luscious locks with water, making it easier to manage.

Tie your hair in a pony tail to make it easier to work with, before dividing the ‘tail’ into three, equally-sized sections. Hold the right section in your right hand and, yes you guessed it, the left in your left hand.

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Starting with your right section bring it over on top of the middle section and hold it tight. You will now bring the left section over the was-right-now-middle section and pull. You will continue this weaving process, alternating each side and bringing it across the middle partition.

When you get to the end, tie securely with a hair bobble, spritz some hairspray and ta da! You and your fabulous weave are good to go! As you get better and begin to master the technique of a basic braid, you will be able to experiment, trying without a pony tail in first and attempting a braid at each side.

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A French Braid

Like with a basic plait, begin by combing through and detangling your hair. Separate your three starter sections at the front of your hair, the sizes of which will depend on your hair length and thickness. As a general rule, these sections will be around 1cm wide.

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For the first twist, act exactly the same as with a basic braid, moving the left over the middle, and then the right. Before you begin the next twist, add some un-braided hair to your left strand and pull it over the middle. Do the same with the right.

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Keep doing this down the braid until you run out of hair! It may take a few practices to get your grip right, but leaving the middle section to hang loose will help, allowing you to concentrate on adding the same amount of hair to each partition, keeping it even. As soon as you run out of hair, you should have three equal sections, so finish the braid with the basic plaiting technique. Add a bobble at the end, and for a bigger, bolder look, slightly pull at a few of the braids to give you a bit more volume.

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A Dutch Braid

So, there’s good news and bad news when it comes to a Dutch braid. The good news? The technique is the same as with a French braid, except instead of going over the middle section you go under it. The bad news? This can get very confusing!

Once you’re at the point of which you can begin to incorporate the Dutch element, really focus on where you’re moving each section; it may help to use the hand that isn’t collecting new hair to hold the middle section up, allowing you to easily move it underneath.

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Once you’ve mastered the French Braid, it may be quite confusing to go under instead of over, as your instinct is to carry on as you have been doing the French way. Try practising without a mirror a couple of times, so you can really get a feel for where your hair needs to go, without being put off by confusing reflections.

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