The Best Hair Braiders

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The Best Hair Braiders
The best hair braider may still be your own two hands. (long hair image by Bettina Baumgartner from

Creating braids often requires dexterous and nimble fingers Luckily, there are products that make manipulating your hair easier, whether you're tyring to secure loose strands or create a fashion statement. Because many products call themselves "hair braiders" when they're actually hair twisters, it may be useful to understand braiding as a unique way that strands of hair have been combined. Hair braiders can offer fun new looks for your worn-out tresses.

Hair Twirlers

One kind of hair braider is a mechanised wand that twists multiple strands of hair together. The most widely distributed lines are the Conair Quick Braider, which accommodates two strands, and the IGIA Twist-a-Braid Hair Braider and Girl Crush Bead 'n' Braider, which both accommodate three. To use, simply secure the ends of two or three strands in the spokes of the wand. Once turned on, the wand will spin in two directions: the head of the wand spins clockwise, while each spoke spins counter-clockwise. These two actions wind the strands together. You can even bind off each braid with a bead.

Ponytail Loop Maker

Another kind of braider is a wand with a large loop. The original product of this kind was called the Topsy Tail, but it is no longer manufactured. There are many lookalikes on the market today, including the Hair Braider. To use this type of braider, poke the end of the wand into the section of hair directly above the rubber band and thread the end of your ponytail into the loop. By pulling the wand downward, your ponytail is turned in on itself, creating the look of a hairstyle from an earlier time period.

Braid Extension Sealers

Braid extension sealers are useful tools for those who wear braided extensions. The do-it-yourself method of sealing the end of an extension braid is to dip the tips of the hair in boiling water. Because hair for extension braids is made of synthetic plastics, the hot water melts the material, thus sealing the braid. Braid extension sealers such as Hot Tools Braid Extension Sealer create the same action with less fuss for the user. Simply plug in the wand and place the end of the extension between the grips of the iron. The iron will cleanly seal your braid with heat.

Combs and Binders

After reviewing the products that help braid, twist and loop your hair, you may still want a classic, three-strand, over-and-under braid. If this is the case, the best tools to have are a good comb that has a long pick at one end, and durable rubber bands or binders that will ensure your fingers' hard work lasts for at least a whole day. The types of combs and binders available are many, so experiment to find the right combination of tools for your needs.

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