Category Archives: Plaiting: braid with multiple strands

Multi-strand braids

Women today are braiding with nine-strands.

How? Do they have a friend helping? Are they magical beings? What is the secret behind this strange phenomenon?

9-strandFor me, it involves holding two strands in each finger. The strands are separated naturally because there is a strand between them because of how you take each one into your finger hold. This is not me saying it is easy. It is just how I do it, personally. I am sure there are other ways to do it. This is just what works for me.


Here is a video that may help…or may just confuse you even more. If this one is not helpful…go to youtube and type in nine-strand braid into the search bar. Several videos will come up. You can see the variety of ways braiders hold and cross the strands to do larger number strand braids. Thanks for joining us today. See you tomorrow.

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How many strands do you braid with?

Most people braid with three-strands. Some like to braid with two-strands and they make a rope braid or herringbone. I like to braid with a spectrum of numbers. I am fond of using one-strand and take equal delight with nine-strands. There are a few numbers that I avoid or try not to engage with. The six-strand round is one of those. So why on earth would I show you how to do it if I avoid it whenever possible? That is a good question. Each human has a set of preferences and they tend to be different than their neighbors preferences. I would like to show you how to do the six-strand round braid because you won’t know if you like using it or not unless you know how to create it and have seen it in use. Maybe you will find it more enjoyable than I do. Choice is always a good thing. If you know how to do it…you have the option of using it. Thanks for visiting and we will see you at The Braid Zone tomorrow.

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Braids, Photos, Backdrops, Oh My.

Backdrops and presenting a braid.

Sometimes, it is hard to get a good photo of your braid. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration:  camera,  model, clothes, time of day, available light (which may be dependent on the time of day) weather, location, and how much time the model is available for. All these components are connected to each other and are important to consider. They all determine whether you will get the perfect photograph.

And, let’s face it…a perfect photograph is rare and far in-between (unless you’re a professional photographer working with a professional model).

I don’t have a great camera. I do love to photograph my braids. When I photograph, there are different reasons for doing so. I ask myself a few questions: Am I happy with the creation I made? Did I make something outstanding or innovative? What time is it and what is the weather like? How do I want to present the braid? Is it for a new tutorial I made? And finally, what do I want the photograph to focus on? The braid? A feeling? Am I creating a story?

Below, is a photo shoot I did. Let’s talk through it. The braid is one I dreamed up. I was not recreating something I saw. I was excited to show it to the community. I had just finished a video tutorial of it for my youtube channel. My model wore nice clothes that day. We both had time to spend on a photo shoot. It was the afternoon. And, it was dry outside. I was as euphoric about the technique, as I was about the execution of the creation. I needed a perfect and outstanding photograph.


Which one should I choose?

Picture 1. If I just wanted to take a photo, I would only have taken the first photo.

Picture 2. Although the photo shows the braid better, the greenery may distract from the braid (similar to noise in a room). Yet, the leaf shapes are similar to the braid pattern. Maybe it helps point out the braid pattern?

Picture 3. Just what I need. The braid stands out. The combination of hair color and ribbon, makes her hair look like art. The backdrop does not distract from the braid. I think this picture is really the best choice for presenting the braid as well as stirring interest in people to look at the tutorial.

Picture 4. If I look into my soul – which is very romantic – I like this one the best. The braid is obviously the underlying factor in this photograph. The entire photo tells a story. It has feeling. The complete picture is perfect. Unfortunately, the braid details are hardly visible.

Despite my body and soul shouting out loud “choose picture four!”, I choose with my brain and not my heart. I choose picture three and think I have chosen correctly. What do you think?

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