For anyone wanting to experiment with their look, there are many different hair braiding styles out there. Wear braids down your back, over your shoulders, artfully shaped into chignons or as a crown over your head. Braid hairstyles offer many opportunities for creative styling and can complement all kinds of different occasions: ever practical, they look great even after long workdays, sports, or stormy weather.
Hairstyles with braids are a creative choice for all occasions, from work to festivals. With their mixture of playful charm and romanticism, braids have been an attractive and favored look for women for centuries. Even better, they are the perfect base onto which you can build amazing effects. Add a touch of glitter or even some of our göt2b Head Turner Denim Blue color spray for a dreamy pastel effect. As elaborate as some hair braiding styles may appear, the basic technique is quite simple and easy to master. Below we offer basic instructions on how to achieve some of the most popular looks.
A french braid that is tucked under
Gather all but the lower portion of your hair as if you wanted to create a half up half down hairstyle. Divide the gathered hair into three equally thick strands and start braiding these strands close to your scalp. Once you have braided your hair about one quarter down the back of your head, start incorporating the still loose hanging hair into the sections of the braid. Continue doing this until you reach your neckline and all of the loose hairs have been woven into the braid. From here, just continue to form a simple braid until the hair’s end and secure.
A fishtail braid
The fishtail braid is an intricate kind of braid pattern that offers impressive results. To do this style, gather your hair into a low ponytail and divide it into two equal parts. Separate a half-inch wide strand of hair on the outside of one of the strands. Now pull this small outer strand over the remaining strand on the same side and combine it with the opposite strand. Then do the same with the strand to which you have just added the smaller strand of hair from the opposite side. Repeat this technique until you run out of hair. This braid style requires you maintaining the right amount of tension on both sides as you wrap the hairs over each other in order for the final outcome to be smooth.
Don’t worry if your braid hairstyles aren’t perfect on the first attempt: as with all things, practice makes perfect and once you have mastered the skill, you will be able to experiment in ever more wild and creative ways.
Before getting started with even simple braided hairstyles, you might well benefit from taking a few steps to ensure your hair is primed. What’s more, once your hair is braided, it’s important to make sure you have the right clips on hand to fasten it so you don’t lose all your hard work! The following checklist should help make sure you always have what you need:
- Wide-toothed comb
- Bobby pins
- Hair clips
- Hair ties or a scrunchy
- Detangler spray