Most people will finish their braid with the same strand number as they started. I have a tendency not to. I like to change the number of strands I am using, half way through a braid. Why would someone do this? I do it for visual effect.
This demo is the same model, same hairstyle, same day, same photo shoot. I finished the tails like one would expect the first time. I used the same strand number I started with. However, after the photo shoot, we took out the tail ends and rebraided the tails using a different number of strands. Take a look to see how different strand numbers change the over all look of the finished hairstyle. Such a simple technique makes a big difference.
I can show a few more samples to help get the idea across. Next, I will show how a style is started. Let’s begin with the three-strand pattern and show the bun with the same number first.
This particular style involves braiding three braids into the center back of the head. All the tails meet in one place. They come together in one spot in the back. I left out a few random strands of hair to curl later when the style is done.
What would happen if we chose not to braid the tail? What if we wanted a looser fuller bun? Let’s take out the braids from the tails and just wrap the tails up into an unbraided bun.
Lastly, we will braid the tails using a knot pattern. This creates a full looped look when piled up together. It is delightful to see how changing the tails will change the entire look of the style. I hope you experiment with the tails of your braids.
And there you have it. One base braid…three different ways to finish off the tails, thus completely changing the look of the style.
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