There are so many things to do with hair and we have been discussing braids. We have talked about pigtails and double french braids, about wavy hair from braids and today's topic is a single french braid.
If you would like to read the first 2 posts, you can do that here:
Pigtails and French Braids
Easy Wavy Hairstyle
For my daughter, we like to start with freshly washed hair that is still damp. I make sure it is all combed out nicely with no snarls.
Starting up near where the bangs are, just gather a portion of the hair, divide it into 3 parts and begin braiding them.... just pull a bit of hair in each time you cross the hair. Continue straight back on the head and if the hair is long enough, finish out with a regular braid at the bottom, as shown here.
You can see that it pulls the hair back and it is all woven together into one long braid.
If you are dealing with hair that is not all one length and if it doesn't all stay in place... combs or bobby pins can be used to help hold it.
If you would like, you can put some gel on the hair before braiding and it will help hold it. We don't use the gel at all because I don't like the hair getting stiff, sticky or heavy.... or having a hard time brushing it out afterwards, but if that works for you, go ahead and try it.
The style can be neat and tidy... a bow can be put at the bottom to cover the hairband, if desired... or when my daughters were younger, I sometimes put a big pretty bow up on the crown of the head, with maybe a thin matching hair ribbon at the bottom. They probably wouldn't like that now. :)
A french braid can also be done on dry hair... it still needs to be all brushed out with no snarls.
The braiding is the same.... although the process is done differently when you do it on yourself. :)
Some mentioned that they don't know how to french braid... and it can seem quite intimidating at first, if you've never done it. It isn't very hard, though, once you get the hang of it... and practice will really help.
I taught my kids to braid with yarn... and ropes. :) It works for adults too. The rope would only really work for a regular braid, and the yarn could work for french braiding. If it doesn't work right at first, just keep trying... it is a skill worth knowing. Practice a little at a time... do a simple small braid on your hair... or a daughter's hair... and you will start to get the feel of doing it.
Up close, you can see how the hair is gathered and woven into the braid.
As a completed french braid, it can be worn like this... just left down with a band around the end. It is great for keeping the hair out of the way when working, tending to children, gardening, cooking or whatever. It can help keep you cool in the summer and can also help to keep hair from getting as tangled in the wind.
That same braid from above, can be changed into a different hair style, with just a few bobby pins.
I just rolled it up and tucked it under, then held it in place with hair pins. Sometimes I wear a hair decoration in it, usually not. This can be used for around the house, or for dressing up.
There are so many things to be done with hair... and it is fun to change styles sometimes. I keep my hair long enough to be able to braid, although sometimes it is several inches shorter than it is here... and I usually have it layered into long layers, as well. The braiding still works.
Thank you for visiting today. Do you use braids for the children? For you? Have a great week. :)
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