Just as fashion and beauty have evolved over time, so too have types of hair braids. There are dozens of hair braid styles – from a simple three-strand braid to an elaborate infinity braid. Here are five types of braids for beginners that are quick and easy to master.
Braiding Tips for Beginners
Creating a simple braid can be fast and fun. After you master a few techniques, you can give more advanced styles a try.
Tip 1: Brush Your Hair.
Begin by brushing your hair until it’s completely free of tangles. Comb out the ends of your hair and then work your way up to the roots. Consider adding a little smoothing cream or hair oil to help frizzy hair stay maintained.
Tip 2: Divide Your Hair Into Sections and Braid.
Create three equal sections of hair – a right, center, and left section.
Your left hand will hold the left section of hair, and your right hand will hold the right section.
Next, follow these steps:
- The right section of hair will cross over the middle section of hair. Now the right section and middle section have traded places.
- The left section of hair will cross over the middle section. Now the left and middle sections have traded places.
- Continue this pattern, alternating between right and left sides. The outer section will always change places with the middle section.
- After making the braid your preferred length, use a hair tie to keep your braid secure.
Tip 3: Don’t Look in a Mirror.
This method is often referred to as “practicing blind.” Braiding your hair without seeing will help you get a feel for what your hands should be doing to produce the best results.
Once you have mastered basic braids, you are ready to try something a little more complicated.
Perfect Braiding Styles for Beginners
With over 40+ types of hair braids, there are plenty of styles and varieties from which to choose. Here are a few of our favorites.
A crown braid is an excellent option for formal events or when you need to get your hair off your neck.
- Create two sections of hair by parting your hair down the middle.
- Choose one side of hair and grab a section of hair at the nape of the neck. Split this section into three strands – this is your starter braid.
As you braid your hair, moving towards your face, pick up a small piece and add it to the left and right parts of the braid every time you complete a braid. Make sure to angle your hair over your ears as you move towards the front of your hair.
- Next, continue around to the other side of your head, pick up small strands on the right and left every time you complete a braid.
- After all of the hair has been braided, secure the end with a hairband. Then, wrap the braid around your head like a crown and secure it with bobby pins.
When you are sure that your hair will stay in place, your look is complete.
Cornrows can take 10-15 minutes for simple braids and more than four hours for more intricate styles.
- Before braiding your hair, add a leave-in conditioner and ensure that your roots are adequately moisturized.
- Next, use a wide-toothed comb to remove any knots or tangles. Use the pointed end of a tail comb to create a perfect part down the center of your hair.
- Use a small piece of hair from the front and divide the hair behind it into two parts. There are now three strands to braid.
- Use the strand at the front and swap it with the one that’s closest to the ear. Next, take the third strand and bring it under the middle strand. Repeat this step, getting more hair into the cornrow as you move along until the row is completed.
- Tie the cornrow off with a small elastic band.
- Repeat the steps on the opposite side, ensuring that the braids remain symmetrical until the entire head of hair is braided.
Fishtail braids look complicated and ornate, but they are not as tricky as they look. These easy steps can help you quickly create this trendy hairstyle.
- After brushing your hair, use a hairband to create a ponytail. Next, divide the ponytail into two equal parts.
- Take a small section of hair from the outer left side. Flip it over and add a small amount of hair from the inner left side of the ponytail.
- Then, take a small section from the outer right side. Flip it over and add a tiny bit of hair from the inner right side of the ponytail.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3, alternating each time until the entire ponytail has been braided.
- Use a hairband to secure the bottom of the braid.
- Finish by cutting off the hairband that had held the top of the braid.
Senegalese Twists will last anywhere between 8 – 16 weeks if you take care of them. By wrapping your hair at night to prevent frizziness, you will extend the life of your braids.
These braids are considered to be a protective style if you take steps to prepare your hair before braiding.
- Use avocado oil or aloe vera leaf juice to condition and detangle your hair. Keep applying oil to your scalp while you are completing the following steps.
- Stretch your hair. Blow-dry your damp hair, and brush it with a Denman brush.
- With a rat tail comb, choose a section of hair that will be the base for your first twist. Divide that section into two pieces.
- To begin braiding, twist each section of hair around the other. You can use a hand-over-hand movement to make it quickly through the hair.
- Use equal tension to the end of the piece of hair and add a dab of oil to hold in place.
- Then, choose another piece of hair and continue twisting until the entire head of hair is braided.
The “French Braid” was first mentioned in an American periodical in 1871. This classic hairstyle is relatively simple to master.
- After brushing your hair, create a half-up, half-down ponytail in the middle of the back of your head.
- Divide the ponytail into three even sections. Use your right hand to hold the right strand and your left hand to hold the left strand.
- After completing a basic braid, add a small strand of hair to the right section, and cross over the middle section. Then, add a small strand to the left section, and cross over the middle section.
- Continue the french braid pattern until you reach the nape of your neck, and then finish off with a basic braid. Tie the braid off with a hairband.
FAQs on Braids from Beginners
Should I Braid My Hair Wet or Dry?
Braiding your hair while it’s soaking wet can weaken or damage it. Wet hair can extend up to 15 times more in length than dry hair. Your hair is heavier while it’s wet, and too much tension can cause breakage. The best option for a clean, smooth braid is to use damp hair. It will allow you to create a tight braid without the worry of damaging your hair.
Is It Better to Braid Your Hair Clean or Dirty?
Braids stay better in place when your hair is dirty. Having a little product, or natural oil in your hair, will help your braid stay tight and neat.
How Do You Keep Your Braids from Frizzing?
To keep your hair from frizzing, add a dab of hair cream or oil to keep hair smooth and in place.
Should I Braid My Hair Before Bed?
Sleeping with your hair in a low ponytail creates tension on your hair. However, a loose braid will keep the ends of your hair from breaking from rubbing on your pillow.
Does It Hurt to Have Your Hair Braided?
It should not hurt when braids are being put in. Your head may feel tender, but it can damage your hair and scalp if it is hurting. Chances are, if it hurts while it’s being braided, it will continue to hurt for quite a while after the braider is finished.
Typically, there are two reasons why it may hurt when your hair is being braided.
- The person braiding your hair is using too much tension and pulling it too tight.
- If you are having extensions added and your head is feeling achy, you may have too much weight on your head.
Braiding your hair adds style and versatility to any look. There are many types of hair braids that help produce healthy hair, from making your hair grow faster to assisting it from breaking and becoming damaged.
Whether your hair is clean, dirty, moisturized, or dry, there is a type of braid for everyone.