Braids are very popular as they can seem simple yet complicated at the same time. While most people will stick with the standard braid or maybe do a French braid if they are feeling a bit more adventurous or want an elegant look, those are not the only options. There are plenty of braid styles ranging from simple to complicated. Here are some of the variations you can do of a simple braid (meaning one big piece going down your back), in order from simplest to most difficult. While the first two are probably easy enough to try with your own hair first, you might want to practice on someone else with the last two braids as they are a lot more challenging.
This is one of the only braid styles that is actually even simpler than the traditional plait. That is because all you have to do is twist.
- Put your hair in a low pony-tail using a clear hair elastic.
- Separate the hair into two sections.
- Twist each section (separately) clockwise.
- Now take the two sections and twist them together counter-clockwise.
- Secure the end with a hair elastic and you are ready to go.
- If you want, cut out the hair elastic at the top.
The important thing to keep in mind while doing this style is that you can twist the parts of hair in any direction you want, but you must twist them in the same direction as each other and then when you twist them together, go in the opposite direction.
The fishtail braid is one of the braid styles that is quickly gaining in popularity. While this hairstyle looks complicated it is actually fairly simple, but if you opt for small strands it is a bit time-consuming. If you want a more intricate look, however, it is worth the extra time and small strands are the way to go.
- If this is your first time doing a fishtail braid, it is best to start with a low pony-tail held together with a clear hair elastic. If you want, you can cut it out at the end.
- Divide your hair into two sections.
- Take the right half and hold it with your right hand.
- Let the left half hang loose.
- Use your left hand to take a small piece of hair from the left edge of your left section.
- Take the small piece of hair from the left section and add it to the inside of the right half.
- Now pick up the left section with your left hand.
- Use your right hand to take a small piece of hair from the right edge of your right section.
- Take the small piece of hair from the right side and add it to the inside of the left side.
- Continue this way until you run out of hair and secure with a hair elastic.
Four Stranded Braid
This is one of the braid styles that you might want to practice on someone else before attempting it on your own head as it is hard to get the hang of. Beginners should also try starting with a pony-tail to make a stable base. These instructions are for creating this braid on the right side of your head.
- Divide your hair into four sections. We’re going to call the ones that are closer to the face “inner portions” and the other two the “outer portions.”
- The best way to do this braid is to hold the outer sections in your right hand, the inner section that is close to the face in your left hand and leave the other inner section loose.
- Using your left hand, bring the inner section by your face over the loose inner section then under the first outer section.
- Now take the remaining outer section and bring it under the one you just worked with then over the next section.
- Push the braided parts up.
- Now repeat the process until you run out of hair. The most important thing to remember is over, under then under, over.
Because this is one of the hardest braid styles, here is another method so you can decide which is easier for you. It may seem completely different but it will produce similar results.
- Divide your hair into four sections (from left to right: 1, 2, 3 and 4).
- Cross the middle two sections (3 and 4) over to make an “X.”
- Bring the section on the left (1) under the section next to it (3).
- Bring the section on the right (4) over the section next to it (2).
- Now cross the inner left section (1) over the inner right one (4).
- Bring the right section (2) over the inner right one (1).
- If you are paying attention to the numbers, you’ll notice that they are now in the opposite order of where they started.
- Now repeat everything, but in reverse. So section 2 goes under section 3. Continue repeating the steps until you get this point, but switching every under and over.
- Tie off and enjoy.
This style is tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, it is a great way to impress people.
Five Strand Braid
If you have mastered the four strand braid, you can move on to an even more difficult one of the braid styles: the five strand braid. Like the four strand braid, it will be difficult the first few times but once you get the hang of it, it will seem easy. Once again, beginners should try starting with a pony-tail to make it easier.
- Divide your hair into 5 even sections.
- Hold the two left strands (1 and 2) in your left hand, let the middle one (3) hang loose and hold the right two (4 and 5) in your right hand.
- Take the strand on the left (1) and bring it to the center, bringing it over (2) and then under (3). (Your hair will be in the order: 2 3 1 4 5)
- Take the strand on the right (5) and bring it to the center, going over (4) and under (1). (Your hair will be in the order 2 3 5 1 4).
- Keep repeating the last two steps until you get to the end of your hair.
- Tie it off with an elastic.
Once you get the hang of it, this is a great way to impress your friends with your beautiful hairstyle.