How to Add Beads to Braids

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How to Add Beads to Braids
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Beads can add fun and colour to your braids. With the variety of bead shapes and colours available, you could match your beads to every outfit. Whether you choose to add one or one hundred, beads add accents that help your style shine. A pair of extra hands can make the job easier, but if you can braid your own hair, you can probably handle the addition of beads.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Thin wire (about 20 gauge)
  • Wire cutter
  • Comb
  • Hair clips
  • Pony beads
  • Elastic hair bands

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of wire about 18 to 20 inches long. Bend the wire in half to form your beading tool. Place this aside as you braid your hair.

  2. 2

    Use a comb to separate a small section of hair to braid, no wider than 1 inch. Clip the rest of your hair back to make it easier to work with just the one section of hair. Run the comb through the section to make sure it is tangle-free.

  3. 3

    Separate the section into three strands and begin to braid it.

  4. 4

    Hook the bent end of the wire over the braid, and slide as many beads as you would like onto the end of the wire.

  5. 5

    Pull on the end of the wire, slipping it--as well as the hair you've hooked--down through the beads. This action threads the beads onto your hair.

  6. 6

    Continue to braid, securing the end with an elastic hair band when finished.

Tips and warnings

  • Use beads that have a wide enough hole to accommodate your hair. If you have thicker hair you will need to use bigger beads or make smaller braids.
  • If you don't have any wire, try using a hair elastic with a metal piece to slip the beads onto the braid.

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