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Different Types of Braids
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DIFFERENT TYPES OF BRAIDS

Braid Your Hair for a Stylish and Romantic Look!

Braids are young and fresh and anyone can wear them. If your hair is short, just get a salon stylist or trained friend to weave in a few strands and voila: you’ve got braids! Braids are a great style to rock if you are planning a camping trip or traveling somewhere, because you can put them in and forget about them. They also keep your hair out of your face, and you don’t have to waste time washing and styling your hair.

The more braids on your head, the more time it will take to put them in and the more original your style will be. One braid is a nice touch, double braids look girlie and cute, and a head full of braids is attention getting and the mark of a strong woman. Try out a few different hair designs with friends and see which ones feel best to you.

From simple to complicated, braid styles can be done in a matter of minutes, or they can take hours or even days to put in. Start with hair that isn’t squeaky-clean; a little dirt and oil will actually help hold your braids in place. Women have been braiding, or plaiting, their hair for centuries and the right style will give you a look that is fresh and fun!
Here are some styles to get you started:

French Braid: Woven close to the head and out of your face, the French braid is a favorite of female athletes for it’s unfussy nature and stay-put strength. While some girls can French braid their own hair, most women will require a friend to lend a hand. The braid runs along the center of your head and lies flat against the scalp. Secure it at the base of the skull with a small elastic hair band, or braid it all the way out to the end of the strands and band it there.

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Double French Braid: A variation on a classic, the double French braid is created the same way as the French braid, only the hair is parted down the middle and two braids are created down each side of the head.

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Crowning Braid: This is a French braid that goes from ear to ear over the top of your forehead next to your scalp, using only the front third of your hair. Secure the end of the braid behind your ear and then tuck it under the braid for a clean look.

 

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Single Side Braids: This look works best with long hair; pull out a strand of hair from right above each ear and braid. Tie or band the two braids together at the crown of your head for a simple, peasant-girl look.

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Multiple Top Braids: Start with two single side braids as above, and then make two more above those on each side, for a total of six braids. Secure together at the crown of your head. If your hair is thin, you might need fewer braids, and if you hair is thick, you may need more.

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Corn Rows: Cornrows are small, multiple braids that are attached to your head with the French braid style, not loose strands like the two examples above. Think Snoop Dogg. Cornrows take more skill and time to put in, and you will find better luck at a salon with stylists trained in cornrows rather than with making your friend practice on your head. Once in, cornrows will stay looking nice longer if you sleep with your head in a scarf; the tossing and turning tends to frizz up the braids. The softer your hair, the less time the braids will stay in. Add bright beads at the bottoms of the braids if you are feeling colorful.

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Single Strand: Not ready for hours of braiding? Just plait a single strand anywhere in your hair, and let it hang. You don’t even have to band the bottom of the braid if you want a messy, carefree look.

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Low Pigtails: While high pigtails à la Cindy Brady will make you look like a six-year old, low braids on either side of your hair can be cute, sexy, and a fun and easy way to wear your hair. Part hair in the middle and pull together on either side. Braid each half starting next to your head, securing at the bottom with bands or ties.

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Ribbons: Any of these braid styles can incorporate ribbons into their designs by simply tying a pretty ribbon or colored yarn at the top of the braid, and then weaving it into the hair as you go. Try multiple colors for a fun and festive look!

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Shilo Urban is a freelance writer who has just relocated to Los Angeles after her previous homes of Seattle, New Zealand, Paris, Maine, and Austin. She is an active member of the West Coast electronic music community and lives to promote the art that she loves and the people who create it.



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