Tutorial Tuesday: Basic Braiding

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! 

I know how to do LOTS of stuff. I’ll show you how. Then, you can amaze your friends and family with your savvy ways, make your life easier, more beautiful, natural and eco-friendly, too!
This week’s subject is Basic Braiding!

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!

 

  1. Section the part of the hair you will be braiding into two equal parts.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
 
This took me less then 10 minutes to do both braids. 
(Give yourself three times that if you’re just starting!) 
How did yours turn out?
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2 thoughts on “Tutorial Tuesday: Basic Braiding

  1. Golly this is pretty, and I *really* want to be one of those mom’s who can style her daughter’s hair in a way that makes other moms go, “Ooooh, impressive”, but I think I’m someone who needs a video. I was with you right up until the loose strands being braided into the two pieces part, which is essentially the whole thing.

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    1. Can you french braid? It’s the same idea, the adding the hair in part. After you tie what I call the “shoelace knot” there are going to be the two sections sticking out. I run my finger along from her hairline toward the braid to gather the next section of hair and join it with the section sticking out on that side, then repeat on the other side, gathering both sticking out pieces with the newly added hair before tying the knot. The difference between this braid and a regular french braid is in the gathering/adding the next section of hair from *both* sides before tying the knot; regular braiding adds in one side (of newly gathered hair with the finger swipe) at a time. I have been asked for videos a few times now and may well start when I can gather my brain together again. In the meantime, I hope this helps & good luck!

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