I may not be the greatest at braids. Like anything, it’s a learning process. But here are my attempts at some pretty simple braids that I can even do! It’s a quick way to do your hair when you’re running late for work and don’t have time to wash your hair. Dry shampoo, braid, repeat!
- With a part on the right side, take a section of hair on the heavy side of the part.
- Divide this into three sections and cross the back strand over the middle then the front strand over the middle.
- Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair to create a french braid.
- Now cross the front strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair like in step 3
- Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in another section of hair.
- This time, instead of crossing the front strand over the middle, drop it down and pick up a section of hair directly behind that strand. Cross it over the middle in place of the dropped strand.
- Now cross the back strand over and bring in hair per usual.
- Next, repeat step 6 dropping the front strand and bringing in a replacement strand.
- Repeat steps 5 through 8 until the braid reaches the back of the head.
- Continue braiding the three strands down into a regular braid and pin it against the head.
- Lay hair over the top of the pin to hide it
Half Up Fish Tail Braid
- Start by dividing off a section of hair at the crown and tie it off with an elastic band.
- Next, create a gap right above the elastic band and pull the ponytail through the gap and back down again to create a flip.
- Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic band and secure it with another elastic band.
- Braid the ponytail into a fishtail braid by dividing it into two halves and crossing small pieces from one side over top of each strand to the opposite side.
- Continue the braid until it’s about halfway down the section and then go back and pull on the edges to make it wider.
- Tie it off with an elastic band. Cover the elastic by wrapping a section of hair around it and securing it with another elastic band.
Mini Braids and Low Bun
- Brush through the hair to remove any tangles. With a part on the right side, pick up a small section of hair on the left side of the part. Divide it into three section and begin a tiny regular braid, crossing the side strands under the middle one. After one stitch, begin incorporating hair into the braid.
- Grab another section next to the first braid and repeat.
- Tie the ends with clear elastic bands.
- Brush the rest of the hair into a low ponytail.
- Tie the hair into a messy bun.
- Grip a small section of the bun, bringing it up to the head, and pin it in place with a bobby pin.
- Continue pinning sections of the bun until it creates a rounded shape and feels tight against the head.
- Wrap the end of the braid clock-wise around the right side of the bun and pin down the end with bobby pins.
- Set the style with a firm-hold hairspray, leaving the finished look wispy and soft.
Can’t do your own braids, or want something fancier? Check out Braids By Em in YYC
Inspiration from Missy Sue