Braids are a super versatile, fun, and impactful way of transforming your look. With different types of sections, braiding styles, colors, accessories, and looks– the possibilities are endless.
But getting the right look with your natural hair concealed underneath can be quite the challenge which is why we have created this helpful guide for you. We will discuss all the areas you may need to know about before getting to the braiding part. You may skip those topics if you already have them covered.
So let’s get started!
Prepping your Hair for Braiding
Hydrate and Detangle your Hair
After making sure they are fairly equally and well placed, you may pin them all but one using clips. Generally, it’s better to start with the base of your head.
Moving on, take the thin end of a rat tail comb to create further partitions from the main section of hair. They can vary from 0.5 inches to 2 inches tall depending on whether you wish to go for micro or jumbo braids. Make sure the lines are straight, you can use an anti-frizz spray to get flyaways out of the way and see better.
Brick-pattern partitioning is the classic way of going about it along with other options like diamond-pattern and triangle-pattern. So, you would need to separate 1-2 inch blocks of hair depending on which pattern you choose and the size of the individual sections.
Pinup the smaller sections as you create them, going from the back of your head to the front. Use elastic bands to secure them. Check if the sections are equal and as per your liking to move on to the next step.
Choice of Braid and Colors
Braids come in various colors and textures
You can choose from wavy, straight, colored, and bleached hair for your braiding. We recommend going for natural Indian hair due to its superior quality. You can purchase them from Indian Hair International.
You can purchase between 5-8 packs of braids depending on your intended style. It’s a good idea to purchase a little bit more than you expect to use in case you run short. Use warm-toned or cold-toned colored braids depending on whether your skin is warm-toned or cold-toned for best results. You can experiment with different colors of varying darkness or lightness.
Attaching Colored Braiding Hair to Natural Hair
Braiding in three step process
Take 2 sections of the hair braids about 1 inch and ½ inch thick each. Loop them with each other loosely from the middle, they should presently look like 4 sections.
Now, combine the thinner (½ inch thick braid) into one and the thicker braid will now work as 2 separate sections. You should now have 3 sections of hair locked at one end. The locked end is the one with which you begin braiding.
Concealing the Hair under the Colored hair
Finished look with blond braids
Untie a section of your hair at the base of your head and take your looped 3-way braid to it. The middle lock of the 3-way braid is what your natural hair should be under. Press the lock of hair on your root with your thumb and use your index fingers to turn the left and right lock of colored hair over and under the middle lock.
As you do this, you will have to tuck in your natural layer underneath the colored braid. You could think of your natural hair as a concealed shadow beneath the colored braid. You need to simultaneously braid your natural hair into the color braids.
You may have to go slow and manually tuck in the hair under the braid in the beginning as it becomes more fluid and natural for you. Secure each braid with an elastic band as you go.
Do the rest of the section, in the same way, take sufficient breaks, and rehydrate your hair using gel if it feels too dry. You will also need to dip the end of the braid in hot water to seal them. You can also use a hair masque over your hair to take care of the flyaways in the end. And there you have it, your lush head of colored braids is ready to be rocked!
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