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Tips to Make Different Types of French Braids
Braids are a very stylish yet practical way to style your hair. Hair braids are the best hairstyles especially at times when you do not want your hair to fall on your face and also when you do not want to do your hair up in a bun. A hair braid is often a very preferable alternative to a ponytail especially when you do not want your ponytail to fly about.
There are many different ways to make hair braids. Hair braids are not only practical; they also look really chic and smart. The three most popular types of braids are the traditional braid, the French or the Dutch braid and the fish tail braid.
When it comes to make braids, besides the different ways in which you can make them, there are also different numbers of braids that you may want. For instance, while most women prefer to make one braid, other like to make two braids or many small braids.
A French braid is a hairstyle that is great for different occasions. Whether you are attending a formal occasion or a casual outing, a French braid can make you look really elegant and chic. Another reason why the French braid is preferred more than the regular traditional braid is the fact that it makes your hair look great without much effort and fuss.
The French braid is the best hairstyle if you want to keep all of your hair out of your face and yet look stylish. This is because, as opposed to a traditional braid, the French braid is not loose and it tucks all of your hair into the braid starting from the top of the skull and right down to the bottom of your head.
The following article will elaborate on the tips to make different types of french braids. There are two types of French braids – the regular French braid and the Dutch braid.
Making A Regular French Braid
The Following Steps Will Help You To Make A Regular Type Of French Braid –
While a French braid looks more intricate than a traditional or classic braid, it is not that difficult to make. Making a French braid is in many ways similar to that of a traditional braid.
The only difference between a French braid and a traditional braid is the fact that a traditional braid starts at the nape of your neck while a French braid is woven in.
For making a French braid you need to begin at a point high up on your head. The higher the starting point of the braid, the longer will be the braid. Take a small section of your hair at the top of your head and divide it into three sections in the same way that you would begin a traditional braid.
After dividing the hair into three sections, you will need to start making the braid in the same way as you would do when making a traditional English braid. The trick to make a French braid is to add a little more hair from the right section of your head when you move the right section of the braid over the left section.
Similarly, add a little more hair on the left section when you are moving it over the right. This process needs to be continued till you reach the bottom of your head or the nape of your neck.
Since you have kept adding more and more hair, by the time you reach the bottom of your head, you will have used up al of your hair in making the braid. Thus while the top part of the braid is slim it gradually keeps getting thicker as you move downwards.
Once you have reached the bottom of your head, you can tie or secure the bottom of the braid with a hair clip or a ponytail holder similar to that of a regular braid to hold the braid in place.
Making A Dutch Braid
A Dutch braid is the reverse type of French braid. A Dutch braid is also known as an inverted braid. It is a hairstyle that makes the braid looks like a rope hanging from the top of your head. For making the Dutch braid you will need to start with a small section of hair from the top of your head similar to the way in which you made a French braid.
You will need to divide this small section on the top of your head into three sections. In the French braid, the braiding was done in a manner that was similar to the English braid or the traditional braid. However in the Dutch braid, there is a minor change.
Instead of putting the left section and the right section of the three hair divisions over the middle section, in the Dutch braid, the left section and the right section are placed under the middle section. This difference creates the impression that the braid is inverted or reversed from that of a French braid.
In a process that is similar to the process of making of the French braid, you will need to add more and more sections of your hair into the braid as you move downwards. When you have reached the base of your head, the braid will be thicker at this point. You can secure the end of the braid with a hair clip, hair elastic or a rubber band.
These are the two different types of french braids. Both kinds of French braids are easy to make. However both types of french braids have an intricate and complex look that gives the braids the impression of being elaborate.
The French braid and the Dutch braid look great on hair that is long. However the best part about these two braids is that you can also do it if you have short hair since the braid starts from the top of your head unlike that of a traditional braid, where the braid starts at the bottom.