Hairstyle – Have a Braid Day!
Do you have a gray and boring day? Is your mood really bad and both your mind and body feels miserable? Do you need to boost your mind and soul with energy and new ideas? Well, then it´s time to have a braid day! Take one day for trying out different kinds of hair styles around the braids theme and check out what is your favorite style for the day, or maybe for the week. Read about some popular braid styles here, and then look at our videos for more tips and details.
The French braid has, as the name indicates, it´s roots from France and is noticed in magazines from the late 19th century. The way to create a French braid is to devide the hair into three sections in the form of a three-strand braid. Opposite to an easiest form of a three-strand braid that is close gathered to the scalp. The French braid starts close to the crown of the head with three smaller sections, braided in together and gradually adding more hair to each section and crosses in from the side into the center of the braid. At the end the hair should lie as a flat woven pattern over the head. Multiple French braids can be created also with their own separated sections.
A popular braid is the Dutch braid, sometimes called for an inverted French braid or just an inverted braid. This braid includes three groups of hair braided together to a single intertwined piece. The basic techniques are easy to use in plenty of exotic looking hair styles to any occasions and situations. Is your hair thick and strong enough for a French braid, then it´s good enough for the Dutch also, and with a long hair you can use it as a part of a more complicated hairstyles.
The difference between Dutch and French braid is how the right and left strands of hair is intertwined to the middle piece. The Dutch braids bring the left and right side pieces under the middle part then the French braid instead weaves the three strands together with the sides over the middle piece.
French twist Braid
The French twist has been popular for a long time and have grown in popularity since around 1960. As the name indicates the hair is doing a twist around itself and its holding in place by clips. Choose between different types of decorative hairpieces or just let it be simple and plain depending if you want to look elegant, be casual, or have a more business look.
There are various ways to do a French twist, for example: traditionally, the partial twist, the non-vertical twist, or the divided twist. For a simple traditional twist you brush the hair out, split the hair into sections, part the hair where you commonly have it and then pull it back into a ponytail. Twist the hair with start at the end of the ponytail. Use pins or clips to secure that the hair holds in place on your head.
The Fishtail or Grecian braid is a braid style, origin from 19th century. Other names of this braid style are herringbone or fishbone. The style is close to French braid as smoothly woven look, but is made with two instead of three sections. It can look fairly complicated, but it is actually quite simple. However, It´s often requires a little more time than an average braid to make but don’t be scared to try.
Opposite to a French braid you should not start at the top of your head. Instead, the classic look of a fishtail braid is to have the braid positioning in the center close to the nape of the neck. A more trendy choice today is to have it a little bit of the side. It is easier to handle if the hair is not washed directly before, instead a day or two is to preferring.
An updo is basically a hairstyle there you pull up the hair off the shoulder and neck into a specific style and held in place with some kind of hair accessories. This hairstyle is often used at weddings, proms or other special occasions. To do an updo you need a medium or long hair but short haired women, or woman what like thicker hair can with advantage incorporating additional hair.
Many of the updo hairstyles start with a basic hair technique as a ponytail, French braid or French twist and just pull up the end of the braid, twist it and nail it to keep it up on the head for example with butterfly clips or hairpins. You can chose to nail the braids at the top, at one side, at middle head or low at the neck. A simple updo called a half updo is to pull front hair back in a ponytail, braid or a small bun, but leave much of the hair flowing long.
The technique to create a waterfall braid is to let half of the hair keeping up and the other half falling down as a waterfall. This is a perfect choice in the summer when you like to hold the hair away from the face and at the same time look cute and chic. Basically, you start making the waterfall braid as a three section French braid with the thick section first. Then you grab the top layer and braid it through, split the half of it to a cascade down and let the other half continue in the rest of the braid.
Be sure your hair is clean from gels or other types of hair products before you begin, but use a hair spray lightly afterwards to hold the braid in steady in place. Braid tight and smooth out the strands at the same time you make the braid to avoid bumps in your hair at the end.