How to Braid Hair

Learning how to braid hair is easy and this step-by-step guide includes essential tips that will help you create braids that are smooth and beautiful whether you want to learn how to braid your own hair (a bit trickier) or just make braids for others.

The first step in braiding hair is to comb it smooth. Make sure you remove every single knot and tangle or it will come back to haunt you later on in the process. Some people like to braid their hair when it is wet, but if you have particularly thick, long hair, your braids may take a long time to dry.  

Using a rat-tail comb - the one with the long thin pointed handle - part your hair into three even sections. Start the part wherever you'd like the braid to begin, either at the nape of your neck or at the top of your head. Separate the three sections and take hold of the right side section and cross it over the center section, so it then becomes the center section. Next, take the left side section and cross it over the new middle section so IT becomes the middle section. Each time you cross one section of hair over another one, gently tug the sections away from each other to keep the hair taut. Continue crossing the right side over the center, followed by crossing the left side over the center until you reach the bottom of your hair. Then secure the braid with an elastic ponytail holder.  

You will get the smoothest braids by keeping the hair snuggly taut throughout the braiding process.  

If your hair is very flyaway or layered, with some hair shorter than the rest, you may want to use a light gel before you braid or hairspray when you finish to keep the shorter hair in place.   

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