Braiding your own hair can be fun especially if you are trying out a new hairstyle. You can get creative with your hair especially when you are at home and not working. Learning how to braid your own hair can be a struggle to some people but practice always makes perfect. In this article, we are going to teach you everything you need to know when it comes to braiding hair and the best tools for the practice.
What Tools Do You Need?
Before you start learning how to braid your own hair, you need to have a few tools such as
- A mirror
- Hair elastics
- Bobby pins
The brush will help smoothen your hair and remove oils from your scalp as you work, the comb will be used to part your hair at the scalp, hair elastics and bobby pins will be used once you complete your braided style, and they can also be used to secure sections of your hair so that they do not get in your way. The last thing you need is the dexterity in both hands.
Start by holding a section of hair at the front of your head. There is no specific amount of hair that you should include but it is recommended to pick a section of hair at the right or left part of your head. You can use your thumb or comb to draw a line on your scalp to get a section of your hair.
Make sure to tie the rest of your hair at the back using the hair elastic. This will keep the rest of the hair out while you are braiding. The first braid is easy to see and can be used for practice because it is in front of your eyes. Later, as you continue, you will learn how to control the direction of your braid.
Using the hair that you selected at the front, create three sections using your fingers and make sure they are divided into three sections. Place two of the sections on your left hand and the third on the right.
This step is called the cross over where you will start by moving the section in your right hand over the other two sections on your left. Swap the hands that are holding the hair where the right section comes at the center and the former center becomes the right section. Move the left section of the hair to cross over its neighbor to the center position. Try and make the sections tighter and not slack.
Start crisscrossing the rightmost section over its center neighbor and the leftmost section over the section in the center. Repeat the crisscrosses until you reach the length of your hair. Dou you admire your work. That means you have successfully interleaved your first hair braid. Make sure to secure the end of the hair remaining with an elastic. Repeat the same process until you are done.
Try and practice the same procedure repeatedly and your brain will start memorizing the act. Try and balance your hair sections from the scalp so that your braids do not swing in different directions. All the best in braiding your first hair.