How to make different types of braids:-
Braided or plaited hairstyles are a gorgeous way of making a statement without saying a word! There are several different styles and types of braids, and once you have mastered the art of braiding, you can create a beautiful braid for every occasion. Some braids are easy and straightforward to do, while others take a bit more practice and skill, however, once you have mastered the art of braiding, you will have an array of gorgeous and totally unique styles to choose from that will undoubtedly turn heads!
1. French Braid
French braids are probably the most popular of all the braid styles – when one thinks of braids or plaits, a French braid comes to mind – and worn by many girls with long hair. This simple, yet stunning style is quick and easy to do and is the ‘go-to’ style for a fast hair fix on one of those mornings you don’t have the energy to try anything else. French braids can be worn in a variety of styles, such as in a single braid down the back of the head, a low braid to the side of the head, or in two braided pigtails for a cuter look. French braids can be worn for almost any occasion and in any setting.
2. Relaxed French Braid
Another version of the French braid is the Relaxed French Braid, which is a stunning, laid-back version of the regular braid. This type of braid is simply a super-loose French braid which can be worn for both casual and elegant occasions – match it up with a cute ribbon on each end or a decorated headband for a unique look. At first glance, the Relaxed French Braid looks like it could be quite difficult to create, however, with time, practice and patience, you will be able to style your hair into a beautiful Relaxed French Braid.
3. Dutch Braid
A Dutch braid is an inverted form of the French braid, meaning that instead of plaiting the strands of hair over each other, the strands of hair are plaited under one another. This is a great style if you are short on time and need a hairstyle that is stylish and quick in a few minutes. The after-effect of this style when you pull out the braid is gorgeous too – it creates a natural wave in the hair when it is loose.
Expert tip! Wear a tight Dutch braid during the day for work or play and then take it out and have instant gorgeous wavy hair for the evening.
4. Fishtail Braid
Fishtail braids look like complicated braids to re-create at first glance however, they are actually quite simple as they only take two strands of hair and can be done in a few minutes. Fishtail braids can be done tightly and neatly for a more formal look or loose and relaxed for a more casual look. They can be created down the centre of the head or along the side for an unusual and unique look and completed with a beautiful ribbon or bow at the end for a special touch.
Expert tip! Try two fishtail braids down either side of the head for a totally exclusive and head-turning look.
5. Rope Braid / Twist Braid
Rope braids, also known as twist braids, are one of the easiest and prettiest braids to choose for a ‘quick fix’ hair day. As the name suggest, the rope braid involves two separate strands of hair twisted and twirled around each other to create a rope-like effect, and they look best with long hair as the longer the raid, the more striking the style.
Expert tip! Intertwine a bright ribbon into the strands of hair for a beautiful effect.
6. Lace Braid
Lace Braids are a lovely alternative to the regular French braid and are a great style for all-day wear as they hold very well. Lace braids tend to the frame the face very well and create a classy, elegant look for all occasions. Lace braids can be worn in a variety of ways – braided across the front of the head as a headband, or braided down the side of the head for an unusual take.
7. Waterfall Braid
Waterfall Braids are simply gorgeous and really look like a waterfall of hair falling down your back. Waterfall braids consist of a three-stranded braid running along the back of the top of the head with individual pieces of hair ‘falling’ or hanging loosely from the braid. There are various alternatives to this style, such as using three braids along the back of the head instead of one to create a multi-waterfall effect. Waterfall braids are best worn on long, clean, glossy hair with a slight wave.
Expert tip! If you have dead straight hair and want the wavy waterfall look, use a curling iron on the strands of hair beneath the braid to give them a slight wave.