Braiding is one of our favourite styling techniques because it’s so versatile. Here are our 5 pro tips for better braids.
1. START WITH A SIMPLE STYLE
Believe it or not, but fishtail braids are one of the easier braids to do. Check out a fishtail braid tutorial and try it yourself.
Or play around with the classic plaits to create styles like this easy braided updo tutorial.
Once you’ve mastered these styles you can start building on your braiding skills and try more complicated styles.
2. EMBRACE MESSY HAIR
Your braids aren’t going to be perfect first time and that’s ok!
Lucky for us, messy braids often look better as they look more modern and less child-like. Who cares if there are layers poking through your braids, just go with it – you may even get a compliment on your new style
3. DIRTY HAIR IS YOUR FRIEND
Braids are better in unwashed hair.
If your hair is too clean and soft, it won’t stay in place and will fall out of your braid. If your hair is freshly washed use a texture spray or volume powder to mess up you hair a bit and help the braid ‘stick’.
On unwashed hair, spray a little dry shampoo on the roots and let the braids cover up the rest. It’s a perfect style solution for those days when you really should have washed your hair.
I know this isn’t a quick tip, but it is easy. So if you want to be a better braider, keep practicing.
Don’t wait until you’re about to go out to try that new braid. Next time you’re watching TV, practice braiding your hair. You’ll be surprised at how fast you improve.
Some of the best braids have been complete accidents.
Check out Pinterest or start following these inspiring hair accounts on Instagram for inspiration.