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Loving This Week: Braids Part 1

My go to hairstyle for the summer are braids. Since I have long hair, I don’t usually leave it open since its really hot. If I get bored of ponytails and have a bit of time I go for a classic French braid/ plait.

Here are some of my favourite braid hairstyles.

 

French Plait

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Unless you’ve had a lot of practice, it’s better if you can get someone to do your hair for this style of braiding.

Start of by sectioning the top part of your hair. You can use your forehead as a scale of measure. The middle of your forehead is good. Using your thumbs or a rat tail comb, pick up and section off the hair.

Now divide it into three parts and start crossing each strand once. Then start picking up equal sections of hair on either side, adding it to the existing braid and crossing it. Repeat it on either side till there’s no hair left.

When you reach the nape of your neck, you can braid the rest of your hair normally or you can just tie a hair tie and leave it that way.

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Basket weave braid

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Also known as the 5 strand braid or 5 strand french plait, the basket weave plait is probably one of the tougher braid hairstyles. You definitely need two people if you’re trying it out for the first time.

You divide your hair into 5 sections.

Take the last section on the left or right side, which ever you want and go over the second section and under the third section.

Next take the fifth strand and go over the fourth and under the third. Keep doing this until you reach the end of your hair.

If you still don’t understand, here is a good tutorial by Youtuber Mimi who has a hair extension brand called Luxy Hair.

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Waterfall braid

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Waterfall braids are perfect for any occasion. The best part is it’s easy to pick up. To add more glamour you can curl your hair and then braid it.

First start with a side parting, then pick up three sections of hair. Its basically a simple braid but you have to keep dropping a section of hair and pick up a new section and add it to the braid.

Take the second section of hair and go over the first section and under the third section and drop it down. Pick up another section of hair and repeat until you reach the other side. You will need a couple of clips or bobby pins to secure it.

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Stay tuned for part 2!

 

- Neha Prasad