Braids with Twist

Braids with Twist

french-braidsI’ve been planning today’s post for awhile now and I’m super excited to finally be sharing it. How many of you struggle with the basic braids? From the comments I get on YouTube it’s quite a few of you. And what good are any of the hairstyles I post if you don’t understand the braids?! This is my fault. Today’s video is going to explain the four basic braids that will help you achieve ANY hairstyle. We’re going to move slow and I want you to pull your hair down and just follow along!! The video is at the end of this post, but feel free to read more about the four braids we’ll be going over today.

These are your two basic french braids. Before learning any styles, I’d make sure you have these two braids completely memorized. Practice while watching TV– that’s what I did when I first started this blog less than three years ago. When your fingers just move on your own, that’s when you know you’re ready to move onto some harder styles!

regular french braids finalRegular french braids are done by braiding the outer sections OVER the middle section. Here are a few of my favorite variations:

Dutch french braids are done by braiding the outer strands UNDER the middle section. This is one of my favorite braids right now. I love how the braid sits on top of the head and it’s so gorgeous when spread out. Here are a few of my favorites:

The waterfall braid is so gorgeous! It so elegant and soft and can be dressed up or down. While I haven’t done too many variations with this braid, I feel like this one can stand on it’s own. Make sure to checkout the video to see the tutorial!

A lace braid is when you only add new sections of hair into one of the sides. It’s a really simple braid but it allows you to do a ton of fun things to your hair. It’s more flexible and giving than a regular french braid, so it’s an important braid to learn.

dutch french braids final waterfall waterfallfinal lace

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