White hair braiding styles

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White hair braiding styles
A loose braid adds style to a casual hair day. (braided hair image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

From mullets to mohawks, all hairstyles have seen their heyday, but braiding has been a mainstay in women's hairstyles for centuries. Braids can be worn on casual days working in the garden, or on special occasions. While white or greying hair can be a sign of wisdom, it may not always act accordingly. Learning basic tricks can make braiding white hair simple and stylish.

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Braiding Tools

These styling tools are needed to help smooth and divide hair. The best combs are a wide-tooth comb and "rat tail" comb, a fine-tooth comb with a long narrow handle that comes to a point. You'll also need a variety of hair bands to tie off braids and hair pins for fly-aways.

White hair braiding styles
The purple comb is an example of a rat tail comb. (set of plastic combs image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

White Hair Braiding Tips

White hair can be hard to tame. If coarse or wiry, dampen hair with a spray bottle and work in a leave-in conditioner before braiding. This will help soften the hair and make it manageable. Don't overdo it on the conditioner, because it can leave a greasy look. White hair can also be brittle; hair creme or gel is optional for smoothing hair. Simply work through with a comb before braiding.

Traditional Braid

Mastering a basic braid is the first step. Divide hair into three sections and comb smooth. Take the right hand section and cross over the middle section. The right section is now the middle section. Cross the left hand section over the middle. Repeat, crossing right and left over the middle. Leave two or three inches of tail ends unbraided to wrap with a hair band. Remember to tighten each section as you braid. Pull taut for a structured look, or keep loose for a casual look.

White hair braiding styles
A thick braid can add texture to a simple bun. (pinces et chevelure image by rachid amrous-spleen from Fotolia.com)

Braided Bun

A simple bun can be age-appropriate for older women, but it can be youthful and sophisticated when mixed with a braid. Long hair can be put in a side ponytail or low ponytail, and then braided. Twist the braid into a bun and secure with hair pins. Add a flower for a fun touch.

Milkmaid Braid

The twists of the braids gives dimension to white and greying hair. This is one of the simplest styles that looks complex. Milkmaid braids require a centre part. Braid the right and left sides of the parted hair, then pull braids back and cross over the centre. The sides of the braids should frame the face. Braids can be thin or thick. Leave the lower half of your hair unbraided and allow the top braided part to act like a crown, for a softer look. This style works well with fringe, too.

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