This is one of the easiest braids to learn and is a simple cousin to the basic french braid. (Which I should probably include a tutorial of, too!) This braid is very similar, except even easier, using only two pieces. I use a homemade detangler for my girls (tutorial for that coming, too!) and recommend working with recently sprayed/wetted hair. It helps keep the flyaways down and helps keep hair in place, too. It’s actually really hard to work with really clean, dry hair!
When working with toddlers, I put them up on the bathroom counter and have them look in the mirror, as well as hang onto the comb and or/detangler to keep their hands full! This is a really easy braid to start with, even if you’ve never done a simple braid before. I can do all kinds of complicated braids, but figured this is the easiest to start with! Try it out & let me know how it goes and what I can improve to best help you- I’m also considering doing video tutorials for the hair ones, but I feel like people don’t care for videos as much. Would YOU watch or would you rather read? Leave your answer in the comments!
- Section the part of the hair you will be braiding into two equal parts.
- Tie a basic knot. (You know, the one you learned in kindergarten to tie your shoes!) If the hair is uneven or unruly, you might try wetting it or combing or twisting in a bit of pomade using your fingers to help the lock stay together.
- Add a small piece of hair from the loose hair to the strands your are tying and repeat the process. The braid will naturally loosen (unless you’ve used pomade, which helps hold it into place) so I like to work with my fingers as close to her head as possible and re-tighten each knot as I go along. It also helps to twist the strands to keep them together while braiding.