Wearing your hair in braid is both a practical and attractive fashion choice. Whether you're a man or a woman, learning how to braid your own hair can be a pain, especially if you're not sure how to do it. So if you want to learn how to braid your hair the theory is relatively simple; you just need to practice, practice, practice if you want to get the look quickly and easily.

Things You Will Need

Hair Tie (the smaller the braid, the smaller the tie that will be necessary)

Step 1

Separate the hair you want to braid into three sections. Ideally this hair should be near the front of your head where you can see it, so if you have bangs then that's the best hair to use. You should be looking up at your hair, and there should be a definable left, middle and right as you're looking at them.

Step 2

Grab the right third and the middle third in your fingers and twist once. Your two hair segments should be like a wire tie, and when the twist is done the segment that was the right side should now be the middle, and the segment that was the middle should now be on the right. You can twist clockwise or counterclockwise, but that direction is the direction you need to use for the rest of the braid.

Step 3

While maintaining tension on your hair, grab what is now the middle segment and the left segment. Once again twist them the same direction as you did before so that these two sections have also changed places.

Step 4

Repeat the same twisting pattern, going from right to left and always turning in the same direction and changing places from outer to middle strands. When you've reached the end of your hair strands and the braid is complete, wrap a small hair tie around the braid to secure it. Now all you have to do is practice the braiding pattern and find the technique that works best for you so that you can braid your hair quickly into just the look you want. Braiding, while it might look easy, is anything but. It's going to take several hundred attempts before you can braid your hair without thinking, and perhaps several hundred more before you can braid it without even looking. It's all about the muscle memory, and the more you practice the quicker you'll get it done.

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