Braiding your hair pulls it away from your face and looks a bit nicer than the classic pony tail. The braid also comes in a range of styles, from a loosely woven rope to a tautly pulled French braid to the unusually textured fish-tail braid. If your hair is long enough, you’ll be able to wear your hair in a different style of braid every day of the week.
Every Day Braid
A simple braid, made by weaving three sections of hair together starting at the base of the skull, is a great look for every day. You can quickly braid your hair into a single rope and tie the end with a hair elastic before running off to drop the kids at school. The simple braid is also suitable to wear to work or to work out in. Pigtail braids are a great weekend look. Part your hair in the center and divide into two equal sections. Braid each half and tie off the ends. Add a level of cuteness to your braids by tying a ribbon around the ends.
The braided crown is similar to the hairstyle Princess Leia wore in the “Star Wars” films, except the braids are closer to the hairline and the remaining hair is not pulled back as tightly. There are several ways you can braid your hair so that it frames your face. One way is to part your hair to one side and start a French braid at the part, weaving it across your head toward the back. Another way is to part your hair the side, as far over as you can. Gather the hair on bigger side of the part into three sections and braid it in a basic braid. Secure the braid to your head with bobby pins.
The fish-tail braid earns its name because it looks like the scaly tail of a fish. While the fish-tail is casual enough for every day, it does take longer to do than a regular braid, so you may want to save it for a night out or another special occasion. You make a fish-tail by dividing your hair into two equal sections. You then move small portions from the outside of each section into the inside of the other section until you reach the end of your hair.
You can wear your hair loose and braided at the same time. Gather a small portion of your hair and weave it into a loose braid. Rough up the hair a bit before braiding to make it look tousled. Scrunch up and tease the rest of your hair so that it flows about your head in a tousled, wild manner. The hidden braid is a great look for a night out dancing.
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