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How To Braid Your Hair : 8 Types of Braid Styles to Choose From

One of the hardest parts of being a girl is to decide what to wear and how to STYLE  your hair every day. It is a story of the past when girls used to wear a boring 3 stranded braid or a ponytail daily to school or to work. Braids might be the only form of hairstyle that you can wear on any occasion depending on your mood. Braids have evolved over the years and today we have so many different kinds of braids.

Be it weddings, work, school, gym or any other occasion. There is a braid for EVERY event! Braids when combined with ponytails, buns, and other hairstyles,  give you a completely different and exciting look. If you think about how to style your hair on different occasions, well you do not need to worry because you came to the right place! I have compiled a detailed guide to braid your hair in different and interesting ways depending on your mood and the event. 

Types Of Braids

Over the years hairstyles have evolved so much and there is a vast variety in different kinds of braids. The following are some of the braids that you need to master to become a hair styling expert. 

    • Simple 3 strand braid 
    • Dutch braid 
    • 4 strand braid 
    • Fishtail braid 
    • Waterfall braid
    • Rope twisted braid 
    • Reverse braid 
    • French braid

#1 Simple 3 Stranded Braid 

It is the most basic braid and almost all of us know how to do it because well, it as the hairstyle we all wore to school. We grew up with this braid and it is probably the first hairstyle we learned to do ourselves. A simple 3 stranded can be styled into endless types of hairstyle just by making small changes in the texture. 

Things required 

    • Hairbrush 
    • Elastic hairbands 

How to do Simple 3 Stranded Braid?

    1. Use a hairbrush to detangle your hair.
    2. Divide your hair into three sections.
    3. Flip the left section over the middle section.
    4. Flip the right section over the middle section which was previously the left section.
    5. Keep on alternately repeating step no 3 and 4 until the end.
    6. Use an elastic hairband to secure your hair.

#2 Dutch Braid 

A dutch braid is also known as an inverted or reversed French braid. A dutch braid can be styled with a half-up style or a bun for some exciting looks. It can also be used to create a headband tail and a pigtail. 

Things Required 

    • Hairbrush 
    • Elastic hairbands 

How to do a Dutch Braid

    1. Brush out all the knots and detangle your hair.
    2. Pick up hair from the front section of your hair and divide them into three sections. 
    3. Label the three sections as the left, middle, and right sections. 
    4. Flip the left section under the middle section, then flip the right section under the middle section (which was previously the left section).
    5. After each stitch of braid keep on adding hair from outside the sections to the side sections. 
    6. When you have reached to the back of your neck, simply braid the hair till the end.
    7. Braid till the end and use a hair elastic to secure your braid. 

#3 Four Strand Braid 

If you really want to take your hairstyling capabilities up a notch, you should really learn how to braid your hair in a four-stranded braid. A four-stranded braid is a new trend in hairstyles. 

Things required 

    • Hairbrush 
    • Elastic hairbands

How to do 4-Stranded Braid?

    1. Use a hairbrush to brush out all the knots and tangles in your hair.
    2. Divide your hair into four equal sections.
    3. Label your sections from the left as the outer left, the inner left, the inner right, and the outer right. 
    4. Flip your outer right strand over your inner right and under our inner left strand.
    5. Flip the outer left strand under the new inner left strand and over the inner right. That completes one stitch of the braid.
    6. Keep on repeating alternately. 
    7. Just remember that the outer strand goes over then under on the right side and under then over on the left side.
    8. Use a hair elastic to tie your hair.

#4 Fishtail Braid 

This chic braid is said to be the ‘most intricate of braids’. A fishtail is a perfect braid for a formal occasion. Once you learn how to nail this trendy hairstyle, you’ll wonder why didn’t you learn to do it before. It looks intricate and intimidating but it is easier to create.

Things required 

    • Hairbrush
    • Elastic hairbands 

How to do Fishtail Braid?

    1. Detangle your hair using a hairbrush.
    2. Tie your hair into a ponytail.
    3. Separate your hair into two even sections namely the right and the left section. 
    4. Pick a half-inch section of your hair from the right section.
    5. Pick up a thin section of hair from the outer side of the left section, flip it over and add it to the inner side of the right section of your ponytail.
    6. Now, pick a half-inch section of your hair from the left section and pull it over and add it to the inner side of the left section.
    7. Keep on repeating until your hair is braided till the end.
    8. Tie the end with an elastic hairband.
    9. Cut the hairband od the ponytail to give it a gorgeous look!

#5 Waterfall Braid 

The waterfall braid is the most beautiful braid of them all. When styled with curls, this braid gives a stunning look. It is the perfect romantic hairstyle for any such occasion.

Things required 

    • Hairbrush
    • Bobby pins

How to do a Waterfall Braid?

    1. Brush out all the tangles and knots in your hair.
    2. Part your hair on one side.
    3. From the parting with more hair, pick up a section, and divide it into three sections.
    4. The section closest to your head is the top section, then the middle section and the section nearest to your ear is the bottom section.
    5. Take the top section and cross is over the middle section.
    6. Now, take the bottom section and cross it over the new middle section.
    7. Leave the bottom section and pick up a new section from right next to it and cross it over the middle section for the waterfall effect.
    8. Add more hair from the top of your head to the top section then cross it over the middle section.
    9. Keep repeating until you have reached the back of your head.
    10.  Do a simple braid for 3 or 4 stitches and then pin it down to the back of your head.
    11.  Pin it down underneath your hair to hide the bobby pins.

#6 Rope Twisted Braid 

It is the easiest of all of the braids and it literally takes 2 minutes to do it. It is a classic hairstyle that looks complicated but it really isn’t. It is your go-to braid on days when you are running late.

Things required

    • Hairbrush
    • Elastic hairbands

How to do a Rope Twisted Braid?

    1. Use a brush to detangle your hair.
    2. Tie your hair into a high ponytail.
    3. Divide your ponytail into two sections.
    4. Wrap the left section over the right section.
    5. Keep twisting the sections to the left and wrapping on the right to create a rope twisted effect.
    6. Keep braiding till the end of your hair.
    7. Tie them using an elastic hairband.

#7 French Braid 

It is the easiest way to keep your hair away from your face on a hot summer day. This classic hairstyle is very easy to learn. It might take you some time to perfect your French braid but once you do it will probably become your go-to hairstyle on casual parties and for school. 

Things required 

    • Hairbrush
    • Elastic hairbands 

How to do a French Braid?

    1. Brush out the knots and tangles in your hair 
    2. Pick up a section from the crown of your head and divide your hair into three equal sections.
    3. Simply braid a stitch in a 3 strand braid.
    4. From the next strand, keep adding hair from outside to each side before flipping it over the middle strand of the braid.
    5. When you have reached the back of your neck and there is no more hair to add from the outside, simply braid your hair.
    6. Braid till the end.
    7. Use an elastic hairband to tie your hair. 

#8 Reverse Braid 

The reverse braid is exactly what the name suggests. It starts from the back of your neck and goes up to your head and creates a ravishing look for your bun or a ponytail. It can be perfect for sports events or your workout.

Things required 

    • Hairbrush
    • Bobby pins
    • Elastic hairbands

How to do a Reverse Braid?

    1. Brush your hair thoroughly.
    2. Bend your head forward and flip all your hair to the front.
    3. Pick up a section from the nape of your neck.
    4. Divide it into three sections.
    5. Start dutch braiding them by flipping the side sections under the middle section.
    6. Keep on adding more hair from outside with every stitch.
    7. Once your braid has reached the crown of your head, tie your hair in a ponytail.
    8. Roll your ponytail into a bun and use bobby pins to secure it. 
    9. Loosen your braid to give it a more delicate look.

And that’s a wrap on some of the stylish braids that you need to master. Happy styling!

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Suhira Munshi

Suhira heads the editorial department of SheBegan Magazine. She joined SheBegan Magazine as an author in 2017, and her writings also appeared on cosmopolitan, lifefalcon and other mags. Suhira loves to write on wellness-related topics, skin/hair/beauty tips, and bridal grooming niche. Later, in 2019, she became the head of our editorial board and also holds the position of Growth analyst. Having had sufficient experience with fitness and nutritional balance, Suhira has worked as a fitness trainer at local Gyms, we utilize her experience in our fitness and nutritional recommendations.

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