Braiding is an age-old tradition, a skill passed down through generations. For mothers new to the world of braiding, it can seem daunting. But with a little practice, you can master some adorable and easy-to-do braid styles for your growing daughter. Here’s a braid school just for you!
- Classic Three-Strand Braid:
- This is the foundation of all braiding. Once you master this, many other styles become easier.
- Simply divide the hair into three sections and alternately cross the left over the middle, then the right over the middle, and repeat.
- French Braid:
- Begin with a small section at the crown. As you work your way down, add more hair to each section as you braid.
- Dutch Braid (Reverse French Braid):
- Similar to the French braid, but instead of crossing sections over one another, you cross them underneath. This gives a raised, 3D effect.
- Fish Tail Braid:
- Divide the hair into two large sections. Take a small strand from the outer edge of one section and cross it over to the inside of the opposite section. Keep alternating sides and gradually work down.
- Crown Braid:
- Create two Dutch or French braids starting from each ear. When you reach the end, wrap each braid around the head, securing with pins.
- Milkmaid Braids:
- Similar to the crown braid, but instead start with two classic three-strand braids. Then wrap them over the top of the head and pin.
- Bubble Braid:
- Create a ponytail. Every inch or so, tie another hairband and gently tug at the hair between the bands to create “bubbles”.
- Ladder Braid:
- This is a combination of a waterfall and a standard braid. As you drop sections from the waterfall, you add them into a second braid, giving the appearance of a ladder.
Tips for Successful Braiding:
- Detangle First: Always start with tangle-free hair. Use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush.
- Practice on Wet Hair: For beginners, slightly damp hair can be easier to manage and braid.
- Use Hair Products Sparingly: A little bit of leave-in conditioner or detangling spray can help manage frizz, but avoid using too much product which can make the hair slippery.
- Accessorize: Add ribbons, beads, or hairpins to give the braids an extra touch of cuteness.
- Be Patient: Braiding, especially intricate styles, can take time. Remember, practice makes perfect!
With these styles and tips, not only will you be able to give your daughter a variety of looks for any occasion, but you’ll also be fostering moments of bonding. Over time, braiding can become a cherished ritual between mother and daughter, and a skill she might one day pass on herself.