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Learning to braid

So many patterns. So little time.

What is your favorite braid pattern? Most people use the three-strand pattern. Well, one of them. Usually the french braid pattern. That is the most common. Mine is the two-strand knot pattern.

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Loose Braids

Loose braids can look so amazingly beautiful.

Have you tried creating a braid, then opening it up as wide as you can for the sake of making it prettier? Here we have a tight five-strand braid. It is lovely. Braids do not need to be loose to be cute or sweet as you can see in this photo.

5-strand, tail, braid, cascade _(9) copyBut opening a braid wide can add such an elegant touch to the style. Give it a try with any braid pattern you know. Multi strands really make it pop. Hairspray can add the hold and stiffness you may need to make it last all day long. Pin it in several places with tiny bobby pins and make sure to hide the pins under the hair. Spin pins work great as well for holding braids in place.

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Change Up Your Tail Braids

Simple changes to your ponytail can dramatically change your hairstyle day to day.

Learn to use the same hairstyle over and over while making small changes to it to get a different look throughout the week. Here we have a ponytail braid. You may use three strands to braid your tail. I used four in a round pattern. The braid itself does not matter. This is an easy style to create. Just braid a ponytail with the number of strands you know how to braid.

4-strand, round, braid, tail _ (2) copyThen, the very next day do the same thing. Only this time flip the ponytail through a split in the hair to create a topsy turvy hairstyle. You may use a special device to accomplish the flip or you can just slip the tail through the hair and adjust it until you like how it looks.

4-strand, round, braid, tail _ (9) copyNote that you may do these two styles over and over with different strand numbers to get completely different looks all month. Try it with the two-strand knot braid!

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Tail Braids

No french braiding skills?

You may still have a beautiful braided hairstyle!

Learn the five-strand pattern today to create this lovely crown style. It is a tail braid which means you do not have to add in any hair while you braid the pattern. The multiple strands automatically make it intriguing to anyone who sees it. You may create complicated looking styles without having to learn too much all at once.

1 hangingHere is the link to a video that teaches how to do the five-strand pattern. The best part about learning something new like this is, that once you are comfortable with the pattern, you will be ready to learn how to french braid with the five-strands. Your talent will grow in increments. Soon you will have a bag full of braiding skills.

5-strand, braid, tail, cascade _(61) copyPin the tail up into a crown shape making sure to hide the bobby pins while you pin it in place. Now you have a complicated looking crown that is not as difficult as it looks at first glace.

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TWISTS

Everything has a beginning. For me, braiding begins with the twist. It is a one-strand braid that is super easy to do.

1How is it done, you ask? Grab some hair and twist it. I use a rubber band at the tail end to give the bobby pin something to grab onto (while I pin the braid end in place). The band makes the pinning more secure.

twistedHow much hair is used, you ask? All of it. Some of it. Some of, some of it. There are no rules here. Your imagination is where it is at. Let’s see what you can conjure up.

cascadesAfter you twist, where to you pin? Where ever you wish. Pin the tail end, to the beginning. Wrap it all up into a bun, pin it all together into a big blob. (Try for beauty though.) Twist and pin it high. Twist and pin it low. Twist and pin it on one side. What is in your imagination? What are you envisioning? Give it a try. See how it looks.

twisted braidToo boring? Spice it up. Add some color, volume, or accents. There are hundreds of accents you can add to something like this. So much beauty to be had. Give it a go. Try something new.

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PIGTAILS

Pigtails are perfect for an adorable hairstyle.

Pigtails can be left plain for a cute-as-pie look. They can be braided. They can be turned into buns. With so many options, what will you choose to do with your pigtails.

pigtails halfWith a little practice you can get clean, even lines when making your pigtails.

The more you practice: the neater, faster, and more comfortable you will be at making them.

After you feel comfortable making pigtails and wish for something more complicated, start practicing your braids.

There are so many strand-numbers you can work with. Start with the easy braids. Just adding braids to your pigtails will give drastic results. And each strand number lends a different look.

Pigtails half bunnedIf you want to get super complicated, you can learn the multiple-strand-braids and really spiff up your pigtails.

Pigtails are a sweet place to practice braids with strand-numbers you are unfamiliar with. If the braid does not turn out well, you can always take them out and still have pigtails as a hairstyle. Also, if the braids do not turn out and you cannot bring yourself to take out the braids, you may bun them and the mistakes will be hidden and you will be left with intricate buns.

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