How to Do Corkscrew Braids

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How to Do Corkscrew Braids
Corkscrew braids are ideal for a kid's special hairdo. (drying of hair by a hair drier to the little girl image by Sergey Galushko from

Corkscrew braids are a hairstyle made from twisting two pieces of hair around one another. The resulting braid is a twist that resembles a corkscrew. This style is worn by both adults and children and can be incorporated into updos, worn as a single braid or styled into an entire head of twists. Corkscrews work best on hair that is medium to long in length.

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Leave-in hair conditioner
  • Comb
  • Hair clips
  • Small elastics

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  1. 1

    Towel dry clean, conditioned hair. Blot the excess moisture from your hair but leave it damp.

  2. 2

    Spritz leave-in conditioner over your entire head of hair and comb through to distribute evenly.

  3. 3

    Separate your hair into four sections with two in the front and two in the back. You will be braiding one section at a time so clip all but one section up and away.

  4. 4

    Use the end of your comb to select a smaller section of hair that is about 1-inch by 1-inch. Tie a small elastic around the base of this section to create a tiny ponytail.

  5. 5

    Separate the ponytail into two sections. Twist each section in a clockwise motion. Do this by twirling the hair around your first finger.

  6. 6

    Cross the right-hand section over the left and bring the left-hand section over to the right side. After they have been crossed, twist each piece once around.

  7. 7

    Repeat the crossing and twisting motion for the entire length of the hair. When you reach the bottom, wrap a small elastic around the tip of the braid to secure in place.

  8. 8

    Repeat the corkscrew braiding technique for your entire head (or for as many braids as you'd like). Your hair will air dry in the twists.

Tips and warnings

  • Depending on the texture of your hair, you will be able to keep corkscrews in for one to three weeks.

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