What to do with a classic braid?

Milkmaid Braids

Now the name may sound unappealing to some but that’s no reason why not to milk the classic braid of its worth and come off super cute and dreamy at the end. You can split your mane wither with a straight comb or sometimes just your pinky. As hair does not grow in a grid sometimes it’s quite hard to obtain a straight line so make sure to check the mirror often if that’s what you are going for. You can also try to put your forehead down and start parting from the back of your head to the forehead. This should help as the hair on the top of your head generally has already some patterns of parting which are harder to follow down the back where you can’t see anymore. Now take the tips from the classic braid from my previous posts and split them in two. I would recommend to gather all the hair on one side behind the ear before you start braiding away from your head, that will make the braid more flexible to pull over the crown of your head and the root of the braid being right behind your ear gives it more often than not the length to reach the other side of your head as well as to not look awkward.

Your best friends now are bobby pins. With both braids done you can start putting them up one by one. Use the mirror to find the best place for you to pin it, some people prefer it really high up while others stay close to the forehead. Once you found the perfect place, pin the hair in place. To avoid showing bobby pins everywhere, aim to pin in the lower layers of hair in order to have the top strands cover the metal. Use as many pins as you feel necessary and cross them over one another in order to prevent them from slipping away. When you get to the second braid, position it over the ends of the first braid crossed over and then look to pin the other edge under the initial braid. Two awesome things come from this. Firstly, your ends are hidden. Secondly the two braids look more interwoven and dimensional, like a real crown.

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Tips for your basic braid

An essential of all long haired individuals is a basic functional braid. Once you have that down you can do anything anytime with your hair. The tricky part is adapting it to your hair type as well as haircut.

  1. Thick hair.

You are lucky! Your braid will be textured and long. A braid in such a hair type will easily become a statement. To make it more 3D the tip is to twirl the strands on your finger as you braid as this gives dimension to the individual stitch of the braid.

  1. Thin hair.

Thin hair can be versatile but might need some product in it as well. If you want a low key out of the way braid you can just throw in a normal braid and forget all about it as you go about your day. Beyond practicality, if you prefer to have thicker braids you can do two things which work separately but also together. You can give dimension to your braid by twirling the individual strand in every stich you make. This makes your strand look like a tube rather than like a ribbon. This makes the braid thicker by default. Another thing you can do is to gently pull the edges of the braids. You must be careful to not undo your braid so only tug on the very edge of the strands as they are interwoven.

  1. Shorter or layered hair.

The biggest issue to look out for is edges poking out of the braids. Usually people attack them with bobby pins and hairspray but it doesn’t always work and it can be quite annoying as you might have to redo your braid through-out the day. One trick is to put some hair oil on your hands while you braid as it makes for a smoother outside of the strand and makes the hairs stick together some more while also protecting your hair. If your layers are towards the base of your braid, consider not adding them. Leaving them out of your braid cuts some of your problems as well as opens up for opportunities such as having strands frame your face or twisting them away from the face and pinning them back in a semi-fringe or just as an interesting detail in your hair. Ultimately choppy and messy braids with some colourful accessories can easily become the boho hairstyle of your dreams so embrace them.

Let me know if you enjoyed these tips and tricks and don’t hesitate to contact me if you want me to discuss anything in particular!