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The 5 most popular types of braids (and how to make them)

The 5 most popular types of braids (and how to make them)

April 20, 2024

Although long hair gives a lot of versatility to achieve different looks, sometimes it becomes a problem because we do not know how to comb it and we end up picking it up in a ponytail, carrying it loose or in a chongo, or we even end up thinking about cutting it and avoiding the problem of combing it daily .

A good way to help us with this eternal dilemma is use different types of braids . Sometimes we avoid it because they seem difficult or laborious, but the secret lies in learning the basic types of braiding so, with a little practice, having in 10 minutes a hairstyle that adapts to the style you are looking for.

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The easiest types of braids to make

One of the advantages of braids is that they can look casual, elegant, sporty and even romantic. Given its versatility, it is worth knowing several ways to wear them. Next we will see the easiest braid types to start and achieve incredible looks.

1. The "base" braid

Almost every woman in the West knows her and has done it. It is the basis for all types of braids. You just have to divide the hair into three parts and go passing the lock of the right to the middle part, then the lock of the left to the center and so on. You can tie first in a ponytail and then braid or start from the neck.

2. Braid Twist

It's the simplest braid, but not all types of hair can be styled like this , because not being so tight, it easily melts if your hair is very thick and heavy. First you have to tie a ponytail, either high or low; then it will be enough to divide into two sections and twist towards one side only. In the end you have to tie the tip of the braid.

3. French braid

Of all the types of braids, this is the most complex, but is the basis for achieving many types of braided hairstyles . Actually it only requires a little practice, do not despair and you will see that in less time than you think, you will achieve a perfect braid.

To begin, you have to take a section of hair from the top of your head. You have to divide into three sections and start braiding as we do with the braided base. So a couple of times.

The next step is take a strand of hair left over from the right side, add it to the strip on the right and pass it upwards to the left , adding it to the strand that was in the middle in the base braid.

Afterwards we take a lock of the left hair from the left side and we also add it to the left lock and go over to the middle lock. In this way it will braid until reaching the nape of the neck, from there it is still braided normally.

The strands that are added to the hair can be thin, very thick, tight or leave loose. Each of these alternatives achieves different effects depending on the look you want to achieve.

A good option to start practicing is to make the braid on one side of the head and not necessarily in the middle. This way you will get tired less, You can see in front of the mirror how it is going and you will have a different type of braid that you can also use.

The side braids are of a more romantic and elegant style and can be combined with pigtail at the end or go twisting towards the center of the neck. Without a doubt, the French braid is one of the most popular braid types.

4. Dutch braid

The procedure of this braid is almost identical to that of the French braid; The only difference when combing is that the tufts and sections are not passed above but below the other strands. This small difference achieves a different effect because the braid is "bulky", protruding from the rest of the hair and the head .

As with the French braid, you can experiment by leaving loose locks, tighter, thin or thick strands to achieve different styles.

5. Braid Spike

This braid is made using only two strands; two main parts of the hair are divided and later a small lock of the right side is taken to pass it by above and to join it to the left lock. The same with the left side: a thin lock is taken, it goes over to the right side and joins the rest of the hair. This braid forms thinner segments They can look great in elegant hairstyles.


You can combine any of these types of braids with pigtails or experiment leaving them looser, tighter, make two braids or take just a small tuft on the side and leave the rest of the hair loose, form a headband, make several braids together, tighten the segments and then loosen them to give another effect. Finally, once you have mastered the base braid types, you will be able to experiment to achieve different hairstyles that adapt to your day's look.

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