Braids look sophisticated and chic on anyone. From a cute little three year old with braided pigtails to an adult woman with greying hair, braids are a style that can be worn by anyone. For older women, a more sophisticated braid may be worn (please, no pigtails) and it can be accomplished very easily.
Simple French Braid
A French braid is a classic look that can be worn by the youngest girl to the most mature woman. The French braid is classic enough to be worn everyday or can even be worn for formal outings. Start your braid by lightly pulling your hair back from the hairline. Separate the section of hair into three pieces--you will have two outside pieces and one piece in the middle on the inside. Fold the left outside piece over the middle piece, then the right outside piece over the middle piece. You will continuously move both outside pieces to the middle. To make a French braid, before moving the outside piece to the middle, gather some extra hair on the side to combine with the outside piece, then move it to the middle. Doing this every time will give you the look of the French braid. Tie off the end of the braid with a hair tie.
The side-swept braid is a simple braid that you start toward the side of your head. The braid can then rest on your shoulder. Pull your hair off to one side (just under the ear). Hold the hair together as if you were going to put your hair into a ponytail. Separate the hair into three sections. As above, pull the right outside section over the middle. Then pull the left outside section over the middle. Continue doing this until the entire braid has formed. Tie the end of the braid off with a hair tie to secure it.
A popular look is the braided bang. You simply do a small French braid throughout your bangs on your hairline. Pull apart a section of the hair near your hairline. Separate the hair in to three sections. Bring the left outside section over the middle section of braid. Then, bring the right outside section over the middle section of braid. Once the first part of the braid has been formed, you can begin French braiding. Gather a small amount of hair next to the left outside section of hair. Combine the two together. Then, bring that section over the middle. Do this with the right outside section next. Continue this until you have a small French braid forming past your ear. Use several bobby pins and some hairspray to hold this look in place.
Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.