How to Do Different Braids

by Holly Thompson

Braiding your hair is a nice change from wearing it in a pony tail. It is also a quick and easy way to change your look. There are several different type of braids, and once you get the hang of them, they are relatively simple to do yourself. Braids work best on long hair that is all cut to the same length. If you have layers cut into your hair, you may find stray hairs stick out of your braid.

Step 1

Make a regular braid. Separate your hair into three even-sized sections. Take the section of hair on the left and swap it with the middle section of hair. Then take the right section of hair and swap it with the middle. Then swap the middle hair with the left section again. Keep swapping the different sections of hair until you reach the end of the hair length. Fasten with a hair tie.

Step 2

Create a French braid. Take a small section of hair at the crown of your head and separate it into three sections. The rest of your hair should be loose. Swap the left section of hair with the middle section of hair, but this time pull in an extra bit of loose hair. Swap the right section of hair with the middle, again taking some loose hair into the braid with you. Continue swapping from left to right and adding hair until all of your hair is in the braid. Then finish the braid off by plaiting it with a regular braid. Secure with a hair tie.

Step 3

Try a fishtail braid. Divide your hair into two equal-sized sections. Take a small section from the outside of the left section of your hair and move it to the inside of the right section. Then take a piece of hair from the outside of the right section and move it to the inside of the left. Continue picking sections of hair and crossing them over until you reach the end of the length. Secure with a hair tie.

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About the Author

Based just outside London, Holly Thompson has been writing news and features since 2008. She reported for the award-winning "Surrey Mirror" for two years during which she sourced stories for "The Sun." Thompson was the winner of the Sheffield Star prize for outstanding writing in 2008. She holds a first-class Bachelor of Arts in journalism studies from the University of Sheffield.