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Types of braids
August 5, 2018, 12:26 pm

Between fishtails, milkmaid braids, French braids and more, there is a lot you need to learn to find the perfect braid that suits your face type. Here are some ideas.

The Milkmaid Braid: The absolute easiest way to create a milkmaid braid is to create two regular braid pigtails and pull them up to pin them over the crown of the head like a headband.

The good old milkmaid is an easier approach to a braided updo for the beginner. Start by washing your hair and once your hair is dry, use your fingers to section your hair all the way down the centre.

Leave out a small section of hair from the front on each side to help frame your face. Then, taking the bulk section of your hair on the right side, create a classic 3-strand braid, starting just above your ear.

Stop plaiting your hair 2-3 inches from the bottom, before securing it with a hairband. Repeat this step on the left section of your hair. Once you’ve finished plaiting each side of your hair, you need to secure the braids across your head to give the desired milkmaid braid effect.

A regular three-strand braid: It’s the baseline of braids. Taking three sections of hair, alternate passing each section to either side over a centre strand—think of it like juggling hair. For the first time, it might make your eyes spin, but you’ll soon find that it’s the simplest way to get your hair out of your face and can be completed in less than a few minutes.

Some beginners tips? To get more control of your tresses, braid second-day hair or dampen your hair before starting the technique. You can also try a braid paste that gives hair more of a pliable texture.

The fishtail braid: This look is created by separating your hair into two sections. Take one strand from underneath one of the sections, and passing it over to the other. Repeat this on both sides to get a cross pattern.

It helps to tie your hair off in a ponytail first so you can practice with controlled sections of hair. This braid is usually meant to be pancaked out after created to take on a loose, deconstructed feel.

French Braid: The French braid is the first braid you’ll probably try that continuously incorporates strands of hair into a three-strand braid.

Each time you pass hair over the centre strand, grab more hair and add it in. That’s how you get that patterned appearance where the hair looks like it’s been pulled from the sides. It takes a while to learn how to start a French braid from the crown of the head (without it falling apart), as the sections continuously grow larger, but your best bet is likely watching a video.

The upside down braid:  The French braiding technique is used here again, except this time, you’re going to do it so that it starts at the nape of your neck and works its way up. If you’re doing it on yourself, it might be easier to flip your head over completely.

For the pattern to really show, you’ll have to keep the strands taunt while passing them over one another.

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