How to Do Brazilian Knots

by Elle Cordero

Hair extensions can help you get the look of a full and luxurious head of hair worth the envy of all of your friends. Glue- and sew-in extensions often damage your natural hair as they cause breakage during the extension removal process. Brazilian knots help alleviate the breakage issues because hair extensions are simply tied around your natural strands of hair. Brazilian knots are durable and look more natural, as they do not require the use of extensions with tracks.

Items you will need

  • Rat-tail comb
  • Brush
  • Hair oil
  • Hair extension thread
  • Hair clips
  • Hair extensions (natural hair preferred)
Step 1

Drop a dime-sized amount of hair oil onto the palm of your hands. Apply the hair oil to your hair from root to tip. Your hair should be moisturized before you start installing the hair extensions. Remove any tangles by combing out your hair.

Step 2

Separate your hair into four sections. Part your hair straight down the middle of your head, from the front of your hairline to the nape of your neck. Create a part across your head from the middle part to your right ear. Create another part from the middle part to your left ear. Clip up the four sections of hair.

Step 3

Release one of the lower sections of hair and comb through it. Use your rat-tail comb to part a small section of hair, approximately ΒΌ inch, from the hair at the base of your head. Take a small section of hair extensions, about the same width as the section you parted from your natural hair. Fold the extension section in half to create two pieces of hair from the hair extension. Place the folded section of hair at the base of your hair. Your natural hair should fall in between the two pieces of the extension.

Step 4

Braid your natural hair into the hair extensions. Braid about 1/8 of the way down your hair, just enough to secure the hair extensions in place. Cut a 2-inch piece of hair extension thread and fold it in half. Place the folded end on the outside edge of the base of your braid and hold it in place using your index finger.

Step 5

Wrap the two pieces of thread around the entire braid. Pull the excess thread through the loop created by the folded end of the thread that is on the outside edge of your braid. Cut away the excess thread that remains after it has been pulled through the loop.

Step 6

Repeat steps four through five as you work your way across and up the loose section of hair. Release the other lower section of hair and continue with the Brazilian knotting process just as you did in the previous section of hair. Finish by adding extensions in the two front sections of your hair.

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Photo Credits

  • Agustina Dowling /Demand Media

About the Author

Elle Cordero began writing professionally in 2010. She enjoys writing about social issues in a savvy and intelligent style. Her areas of expertise include finance and investment issues. Cordero received her Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Chicago.