How to Do Braids Step-by-Step

Updated April 17, 2017

Braids are a simple and neat hairstyle. They can also be worn in different styles and can be used on a regular work day or for weddings and events. Braiding is a meticulous activity and takes time and patience, so before you get started, give yourself at least a half an hour or longer to braid your hair. Always start braids with clean and combed hair so your locks will be as smooth as possible, free of tangles and easier to braid.

Comb your hair using a wide-tooth comb. Using the comb, divide your hair into three even sections. Comb each section so there are no tangles and it lays as flat as possible.

Use your right hand to grasp the section on the right and cross it over the middle section. Hold both the right and middle sections with your left hand, but make sure they stay separate sections. The right hand section should now be the middle section. Pull it as tight as you can and cross the left hand section over the middle section so the left hand section becomes the middle section.

Pull your hair tight and cross the right hand section over the middle section again. Tighten the braid. Then alternate the left and right, making sure to tighten after each weave. Continue until you reach an inch or two above the bottom of your hair.

Pull your hair as tight as you can. Use one or two ponytail holders to secure the bottom of the braid. If there are loose strands, use hair clips to put them back or spray hairspray on your hair and smooth them in. Spray hairspray over the braid so it will not fall loose.

Things You'll Need

  • Wde-tooth comb
  • Hairbands
  • Hair clips
  • Hairspray
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