It honestly seems rather silly, but we don't have a topic for them, so I thought that I'd start one up myself. Does anyone else have any images to share? I've always liked braids myself, especially the inverted style.
Glad you started this thread. I was going to start one myself the other week, but alas I am too damned lazy.
http://www.dreamweaverbraiding.com/index.htm is chockful of directions for creating all sorts of braids. Some of their designs/examples border on too-intensely-Ren-Faire for my personal taste, but it's an all-around good resource.
My favorite kind of braids are not the typical loose sort, but rather braids that frame the hairline or are worked into an "updo" (for lack of a better term). To wit:
This is a stunning two-strand braid and is a great way to learn the concept of French braiding before tackling three strands.
1. Divide a small section of hair where you want the braid to start (usually at the hairline at the front of the head or just behind your bangs if you have them) into two even sections.
2. Comb each section smooth.
3. Cross the right hand section over the left section.
4. Pull the sections away from each other to tighten the plait.
5. Using the pointed end of a rat tail comb, lift a small section of hair on the right by drawing a line against the scalp from the hairline to the middle of the braid about a half inch to an inch beneath the first plait, depending on the thickness of your hair and how woven you want it to look (more strands create a more woven appearance).
6. Add the new section of hair to the existing section on the right and then cross it over the left section; tighten the plait.
7. Again using the handle of a rat tail comb, lift a small section of hair on the left by drawing a line against the scalp from the hairline to the middle of the braid even with the section you just lifted from the right, add this hair to the existing section on the left and then cross it over the right section.
8. Continue the process alternating right and left sections, tightening each plait as you make it, until you reach the hairline at the nape of the neck.
9. Secure the remaining hair with a hair-safe ponytail holder. You can then let the remaining hair hang free or weave a standard English braid to the ends.
Tips: For a different look, cross the sections of hair under each other instead of over. Keeping your hands close to the head will create a tighter braid, holding your hands away from the head will create a looser, more drapey braid.
love braids but have a hard time 'doing' them myself. ( well the more complex styles.....+ i have dark hair- sometimes i think braided styles look better with lighter hair, as you can see the braids clearly )
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