How to Braid 10 Strands

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How to Braid 10 Strands
A 10 strand braid will look much more complex than a simple three strand braid. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

According to Collins English Dictionary, to braid is "to interweave several strands of (hair, thread, etc)." While these instructions can easily be used to braid materials such as ribbon or thread, they will specifically reference braiding hair. Practised by ancient Egyptians as long ago as 4000 B.C., braiding ten strands of hair will give a unique twist on an age-old tradition.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Water
  • 3 hair elastics
  • Hair clips
  • Hairspray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wet the hair thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Pull back hair into a ponytail, securing with an elastic.

  3. 3

    Separate the ponytail into two halves, securing one half with an elastic at the bottom.

  4. 4

    Smooth the half without the elastic on the bottom and separate into five strands or sections.

  5. 5

    Put an outside strand under an adjacent section and then over the following section. The piece will now be in the middle.

  6. 6

    Grab the outside section from the opposite side (the one you did not use before), and put it under the adjacent section and then over the following section. This piece should now be in the middle.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps five and six until the entire half of the ponytail is braided. Secure the bottom of the braid with an elastic.

  8. 8

    Remove the elastic from the non-braided half of the ponytail. After smoothing out any tangles, separate the hair into five strands or sections.

  9. 9

    Repeat steps five and six until the second half of the ponytail is completely braided.

  10. 10

    Combine the two, now braided, sides of the ponytail together with an elastic.

  11. 11

    Use hair clips to pin the two braids together, so they lay side by side, and spray the two braids with hairspray to minimise loose strands and to keep hair pristine.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a spray bottle to spray water onto areas of hair that are drying quicker than others, as wet hair will be easier to work with.

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