Hair Braids: Different Types to Try

Hair Braids: Different Types to Try

My hair right now is the longest it’s been in years, I think. I get tempted to cut it all off sometimes because it’s dry and damaged, and also because the weather’s too hot, but so far, I’ve stuck with long tresses. I like the touch of femininity it gives, plus I can do more styles with it as opposed to a shorter length. Like braids, for example. There are a number of different types of braids. These should be fun to try. I like to try them mostly on my daughters’s hair. When she stays still, that is.

Hair Braids: Different Types to TryHere are the different types of braids you can try, if you haven’t yet.

1. French

Pretty much everyone knows how to do the typical braid. I think the number of those who know how to do a French braid though is just a little less. Unlike the regular type which may start around the nape of the neck and where all of hair is divided into three sections from the start, the difference with the French one is that it’s started with only a small section of hair at the top of the head, to which more sections of hair are added to as it moves down the back of the head.

To do this you basically alternately place the left and right section over the middle one. The how-to is pretty hard to describe in words only, so I’ve embedded a youtube tutorial above. This style is great for keeping hair out of the face and doesn’t budge easily, so if you want a fuss-free hairstyle to alternate with ponytails and buns this summer, this is a good option. It’s not difficult to do either, I can do it to my own hair in about 5 minutes and to me it still looks good even if it’s loosely done.

2. Dutch

Okay, so, doing this one is similar to how the French braid is done. Three sections at the top of the head, but then instead if alternately putting each side section over the middle one as in the French, for the Dutch braid, they’re placed under. The result is a braid that is more pronounced and raised over the rest of the hair, as compared to the French which looks more like it’s under the woven strands. The Dutch braid is ideal for hairstyles where you want the braid to stick out more. Another video tut, below, with a slight variation being that it tilts sideways (Hunger Games’ Katniss-inspired). I find this one slightly more challenging to do than the French because the sections have to be pulled more tightly together for it to look better.

Hair Braids: Different Types to TryDiagonal Dutch braid

3. Fishtail

I really like the Fishtail because it looks more interesting and different compared to the two braids discussed above. I never used to do Fishtail braids before, so to me it’s more difficult to do, but no worries, practice always makes things better and easier, and what more the Fishtail is pretty forgiving because it looks cool when done loosely or even messy. Doing this braid involves using two sections instead of three.

Hair Braids: Different Types to Try

4. Waterfall

I seem to be listing the types from easiest to hardest to do (for me). The Waterfall braid is so very pretty. It looks rather romantic to me and kinda reminds me of medieval maidens and princesses. This is basically two braids, each starting at the temple and going around the back of the head, with the rest of the tresses cascading underneath the braid. Like waterfalls. I find it hard to do, but then I’ve only tried it a few times. I included a tutorial below by one of my fave youtube hair gurus, Hairgirl247.

Hair Braids: Different Types to Try

5. Regular

If you want something super easy though, then I’d suggest simply doing variations on the regular braid, like doing side braids or pigtail braids. These look nice too. I also stick to the regular type when I find that my arms are getting tired too quickly. Haha.

There are other types of braids out there; these are the ones I’ve been doing and trying lately. Most of the time my hair is in a ponytail or bun but when I want a more complex, feminine, and prettier style, I go for braids. Try ‘em!

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4 Responses to Hair Braids: Different Types to Try

  1. Angel says:

    I love that you wrote about this! :D
    I wanna try out the waterfall braid.. so pretty!!

    • Ida says:

      I practiced the braids on mine and my daughter’s hair again after writing this post. :) Try it…it’s hard but should get easier with practice, worth the effort. :)

  2. ife says:

    when i was little i didnt know how to do the normal braid myself.. always did the dutch of my friends at school told me it was called dutch braid..but i thought she was kidding..hi hi.. only now i learned how to braid properly after watching YT.. but still do the dutch braid cause it comes automatically.. Tried to learn the french braid but no use :)..the waterfall looks amazinggg… nice post..

    • Ida says:

      Hi ife, with the french braid you just put the strands over each other instead of under like with the dutch one…but I suppose since you’ve been doing the dutch one for years it does come automatically and it’d be hard to do the kind of opposite of it. With more practice should probably get better. :) The waterfall braid does look lovely, doesn’t it. Thank you dear. :)

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