After the ponytail, one of the first hairstyles we learn is usually how to braid. Considered a little more elaborate, the style leaves the look fresher and is a great choice, for example, for hot days or when you want to vary your everyday production.
- How to do a simple braid?
- How to do a side braid?
- How to make a braid?
- How to braid bangs?
- How to do a boxer braid?
- How to do a fishtail braid?
- How to do root braid?
- How to make a waterfall braid?
- Questions about how to braid
How to braid?
We teach you how to make eight different types of braids, from the simplest to the embedded one. It may seem a little complex for those who don’t have a lot of skill, but it’s not. Just follow the right moves and train how quickly you become a master of the hairstyle.
By the way, it is always worth remembering that this is a very democratic hairstyle and that some models are easy to do and can be done in all types of hair and at any length.
Simple braid tutorial
The idea of learning to braid is so that you can do it yourself, without needing anyone to help you.
For starters, it’s cool to learn the simple braid, which can be a real wild card on those bad hair days, you know? You can even leave the braid on the side for a change if you want.
- Separate your hair into three sections, preferably in equal parts.
- Please start with the right strand, crossing it with the middle strand.
- Now, cross the left strand over the one on the right.
- Repeat the process until you reach the end of the hair and secure it with an elastic band to secure.
Side braid step by step
The side braid is perfect for those days when you want to do something different with your hair or soften the heat of hot days. But this type of braid is so pretty that it fits perfectly for weddings, graduations, or formal events. Learn step by step!
- Part your hair using the handle of a fine-toothed comb. A good tip is to use the high point of the eyebrow to divide the wires.
- Leave all the strands on one side of the shoulder and divide the hair into three equal parts.
- Start braiding and forming the hairstyle. Pass the side strands over the central strand.
- Continue braiding until you reach the end of the hair. Use a silicone rubber band to secure the side braid.
- Now loosen the braid sections with your fingers to make it voluminous. This will further enhance the hairstyle.
How to make a braid?
The built-in braid is a little more elaborate than the plain braid. It starts at the top of the head and goes to the end of the length, ending in a simple braid. But don’t be scared: it’s still possible to do the hairstyle yourself at home.
- Separate three strands at the front of the head.
- Start braiding like a simple braid, bringing the right strand to the center and the left strand over the strand you just crossed. But to achieve the built-in effect, the trick is that you add more hair to the locks with each braid.
- Do the embedding of the braid to the end of the head, and when you reach the length, finish with a simple braid.
- Secure with an elastic band at the end to secure.
- If you want to vary the look a little, you can bet on a side braid, like the one in the photo.
How to braid bangs?
To enhance the front part of the hair, you can bet on a beautiful braid just on the fringe, a hairstyle that, in addition to being easy to perform, is ideal for those who have short hair.
Choose your preferred side to make the bangs and define a straight line with the help of a fine-toothed comb.
Take the bangs at the front of the head, divide them into 3 and hold the strands.
Start by making a simple plaited braid, always pulling the hairstyle backward. Just add more bangs to the sides of the braid. Do this until there are no more bangs to braid.
Then continue with a classic braid on just the part near the bangs — leaving the rest of the hair down.
When you’re getting to the ends of the strands, use an elastic band (preferably the same color as the hair) to secure it and if you want, hide the end of the braid behind the ear.
How to do a boxer braid?
Famous in the minds of athletes, the boxer braid, also known as box braids or boxer, left the sports environment to reach the red carpet, you know?
A bet of many famous ones too, the style is nothing more than two Dutch braids embedded, one on each side. Do you not understand anything? Then see the step by step on how to do it yourself!
- Part your hair in half.
- Separate three strands at the front of the hair.
- Start braiding, passing the right strand behind the center strand and the left strand behind the right strand you just crossed with the center strand. With each braid, add more hair to the locks.
- Do this procedure to the end of the head and then finish the length in a simple braid.
- Do the same for the other half of the hair.
Fishtail braid tutorial
In addition to being beautiful, the herringbone braid is less obvious and helps to vary your everyday look. It looks hard to make, but it’s easy to reproduce, and we’ve got a detailed walk through for you. Follow along to learn how:
- Start by making a low ponytail. The braid starts at the ponytail, so separate two strands of the same amount of hair.
- Unlike the traditional braid, which is made from three equal parts, the fish scale braid is made with two strands as a base. From them, each time, a thin and different strand emerges that passes to the other side.
- On the far right side of the left strand, take a small strand and go under it, joining it to the left strand.
- Soon after, on the leftmost side of the left strand, take a small strand and move to the right side.
- The process is repeated throughout the hair until it reaches the tip. Always separate the strand that goes to the other side, taking it from the outside of the right and left strands.
- Make sure the braid is tight from beginning to end. This will give a nice effect when loosening the wires. Also, try to get right to the end of the hairline.
- To finish, loosen the braid with both hands, starting from the bottom up. This will give the hairstyle a voluminous effect as if you had more hair.
- We guarantee that the braid will look better when loosened! But if you prefer the narrower braid, feel free to wear it that way too.
How to do root braid?
The hairstyle with a root braid is one that, as the name implies, the braid is well glued to the root and is thinner. But don’t think it’s hard to do; we teach you to step by step.
- Separate the hair into thin strands. You can braid the entire head or just do a few braids. Take the first strand and divide it into three.
- Start braiding and try braiding the strands underneath each other rather than on top to make them stand out more.
- So, pass the right strand under the central strand and the left strand under the one that was just braided. Do this until the end of the head.
- Finish the length in a simple braid and secure with an elastic band.
- Do the same procedure on as many strands as you want. Finish the hairstyle by leaving the hair down or tying it in a ponytail, as in the photo.
Waterfall braid step by step
The waterfall braid, as the name suggests, features a gradual fall of the strands, creating a delicate waterfall effect in the hairstyle. Also known as a waterfall braid, it is done diagonally, giving the impression that the strands of the length go through the hairstyle.
Want to learn how to do it yourself? Follow our step by step.
- Start by separating the strands. Part your hair in the middle or on one side. Select a portion of strands at the front of the head and divide it into three equal sections.
- Start braiding, passing the first and second strands inwards, leaving the bottom strand loose.
- To create the waterfall effect, take more strands from the side of the strand that was left loose and start braiding it with the first two strands.
- Now, join another strand with the top strand to start the built-in braid design. Then, pass this new strand through the middle of the other two and let it hang loose.
- Take a strand from the back and start braiding it with the first two. Continue like this until you reach the middle of the head.
- Finally, secure the braid with a silicone rubber band. If you want, repeat the same steps on the other side of the strands: braid the waterfall braid until you find the part already done and secure it with an elastic band.
Questions about how to braid
Now that you know how to braid in different shapes and styles take the opportunity to answer the main questions that arise when doing this hairstyle on your own!
Is it better to braid dry or wet hair?
- Many people believe that it is better to braid while the strands are wet, as the strand becomes more elastic, which actually facilitates handling.
- However, this practice is not recommended, as the braid makes it difficult to dry the hair, increasing the chances of the proliferation of fungi and bacteria on the scalp.
- Also, remember that when the hair dries, the size of the hairstyle can be very different from the shrinkage of the strands, so for a more realistic end result, the idea is to braid the hair while the strands are dry.
What is the best way to secure the braid?
- Small, thin rubber bands are the perfect way to secure the ends of your braid. Made of silicone, in addition to being great for finishing hairstyles with braids, they are also perfect for those who have little hair.