There are different kinds of braids you can use as an alternative to a plain ponytail. As a matter of fact, braiding is one great way of keeping your hair out of your face while still maintaining a sense of being stylish. You will love the resulting fashionable, hairstyle that is also practical and functional. For more information on great hair styling, here is a course Makeup, Hair and Beauty Genius by Marie Claire that you might like.
The most traditional style of braiding is also the easiest to do and is the basis for other braiding styles. First mastering the basic braid will enable you to experiment more easily with other styles of braiding. Begin by gathering all your hair behind you and dividing this in three sections equally. As much as possible, make the sections tangle free and smooth by having a brush near you to brush the strands out if needed. Start braiding your hair by crossing the leftmost section on top of the section in the center, and crossing the section in the middle with the rightmost section. Alternate taking the sections outside and crossing these over the section in the middle until you reach the ends of your hair. Around your braid’s end, wrap a ponytail holder to secure this. Since the end of your braid will not be as thick as a ponytail, small ponytail holders work best.
Similar to traditional braids, fishtail braids begin at the hairline. The difference is that a fishtail braid looks more intricate. When you create this type of braid, it looks like a herringbone design, which is where the name comes from. Even if it does take more time to create a fishtail braid than a regular braid, the look is much more distinctive and traditional. To create a fishtail, divide hair into 2 sections and make sure both sections are tangle-free and smooth. From the back of the left section, take a small section of hair with a diameter of about 1/3 of an inch. Bring this out and over the left section to join it in the middle. Do the same on the right side, alternating between left and right sections of hair. Continue doing this until your each the end of your hair. Use a small ponytail holder band or ponytail holder to secure your hair when you are finished braiding.
Dutch braids involve bringing each section of hair under rather than over the rest of the hair sections. Used commonly for making corn rows, the Dutch braid looks great on almost everyone. To make one 3-strand Dutch braid, divide the hair portion in the top center part of your head into 3 sections equally. Bring the hair in the left section beneath the middle section and do the same with the section on the right. Do this again, bringing more hair in as you go. Do this continuously until you reach your nape. Keep braiding the remaining strands in the same way and finish this with a ponytail holder at the end.
French braids use the same pattern of braiding as traditional braids. However, as opposed to beginning at the nape the way traditional braids do, French braids are woven into your hair. Begin with the hair section where you want to start braiding. This is usually high up on your head. This section should then be separated into three. Begin braiding the way you normally would. Left over middle, then right over middle. However, when crossing the left over the middle for the 2nd time, gather some hair from the left side of your hair to include this in the braiding. Do the same with the right, continuing down your head. When there is no more hair to add to the braiding, finish the hair length with a regular braid and secure with a small ponytail holder. Here is an article called Easy Summer Hairstyles that gives you more ideas about what to do with your hair.
The Reverse French Braid
The reverse French braid is essentially a French braid done in reverse. To accomplish this, the first thing you need to do is to flip your head forward. Next, bunch all your hair up at the base of your neck and divide this into 3 strands while you are looking downwards. Weave the two outer hair strands into the center as take hair from each side to continue the braid. When you are nearing the top of your head, secure this with a ponytail holder. The rest of your hair can then be bunched up into a top knot as you use bobby pins to keep every hair in place. Want more than perfect hair? Match your makeup to your hair with this course that shows you makeup essentials that complements your braided ‘do.
The 5-Strand Braid
The five strand braid is a process of braiding hair with five rather than the usual three strands of hair. This makes a more interesting looking braid since it is very eye-catching and unusual-looking. As a matter of fact, when done right, the 5-stranded braid makes your hair look like it has been intricately woven. To create a braid of this style, brush hair over to one side of your nape. This can be either the left or the right side, whichever you prefer. Split hair into five sections equally. Make sure that each of the sections is smooth and free of tangles. Hold the outer 4 hair sections using both hands while letting the section in the middle hang loosely. Take the farthest hair section and weave this over the one beside it and under the section in the middle. With the opposite side, repeat the process. Having a middle strand hanging down at all times is one way you can keep each of the sections clean. Continue weaving until you are a couple of inches from the hair ends and secure with a ponytail holder. Hold the style in place using hairspray. This look gives you a bit of a ‘basket weave’ look and works great on everyone. Speaking of looking great, if you want to improve more than your outer beauty and want great inner beauty as well, here is a course that shows you how to do this.
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