The Different Types of Braids

There are several different types of braids but they are typically created with a few basic braiding methods. Three-strand braids, or over braids, are created by alternately crossing strands of hair over the center strand. Three-strand under braids are made by crossing the hair strands under the center strand Braids can be made on short hair as well as long hair. Micro braid hairstyles are one of the most popular among women. It consists of few, small hair sections braided in many individual sections to form plaits. If you have long hair and have micro-braided it, you can even wear beads at the end of the braids. Furthermore, you can do several different types of braids variations to normal braided or micro braided hair, such as Herringbone braids, Chinese braided updo, Avalon braids, Goddes Braids, Rope braids,  and many more!


This type of two-strand braid uses strands that are crossed one over the other and pulled tightly once each section is crossed. These strands have to be very even in size to emphasize the desired pattern effect, which usually resembles a fish skeleton. There are variations on this type of braid including fishbone braids and herringbone braids, each of which are very similar and so are usually depicted by the size of the strand.


One popular style for cornrows on women are called goddess braids. These are large cornrows, about one to two inches thick, that are braided in a variety of styles around the crown, side, and back of the head. The scalp is more visible as well, which makes the design even more elaborate. The braids can end at the side of the head or nape of the neck, or you can have them twisted into an attractive up-do. The up-do style is popular for weddings, dinners and other formal events.


How to do?

  • Start by making two simple braids half way up the back of the head and as close together as you can make them. Using a 6″ or longer Dressy Tresses hair stick slide it through two loose braids.
  • Using a second hair stick push it through the outer top braid and weave back towards the center of the head and back out the bottom outer braid. This should secure the style but you may need a bobby pin or two to tuck in the very ends of the braids.


The Inside-Out French Braid is just like a basic French braid, but instead of crossing the left and right strands over the middle strand, you cross the left and right strands under the middle strand. This braid will take practice, but keep trying.

The technique;

  1. Gather a small section of hair from the stop of the head. Divide it into three equal pieces, and hold them as shown.
  2. Cross the left strand under the middle strand, then cross the right strand under the middle strand.
  3. Now, add a small section of hair to the left strand and hold it between two fingers. Braid the left strand, with the newly added piece, under the middle strand. Now, add a small section of hair to the right strand and hold it between two fingers. Braid the right strand under the middle strand.
  4. Continue adding new sections of hair with each braid, always crossing the outside strands under the middle strand.


How to do?

  • Divide the front half of your hair into four equal sections.
  • Using a Inside-Out French Braid technique.
  • After you done with Inside-Out French Braid technique, plait each section working from front to back to just behind the ear.
    • Gather the hair at the back and center of the crown and make a plain braid. Divide the bottom back section of your hair in half and braid each side.
    • Using ribbon, tie the top left braid to the bottom left braid. Repeat with the right side braids.
    • Decorate the ends with more ribbon to complete this style.


This is a simple way to braid your hair using only two sections.

  • Make a ponytail and divide into two sections. Take the two sections and twist separately but in the same direction.
  • Take the two sections and cross them over each other as shown. Continue to cross the sections, winding them around each other until you reach the end, then tie off with a rubber band. Don’t worry that the twist will unwind a bit when you let go as it will still stay together. Make the twists tight to compensate for the unwinding when you finish.

Above are some different types of braids. Hope it’ll add your insights and inspire you to get another style. For the tips: Hair should be detangled and brushed smooth before being braided, and all tools and accessories should be laid within easy reach. The hair can then be pulled back and separated into three equal sections. These sections should then be interlaced with each other, and ribbons can be woven into the braid for a more decorative look. Braids can be secured with simple hair bands or more elaborate hair accessories.

Before braiding hair, all knots and tangles should be worked out. A wide-tooth comb is usually best for this. Some individuals may need to use a gentle detangling spray or leave-in conditioner. The hair can then be brushed smooth with a natural bristle brush.

Braiding hair can be a difficult task for some people. It is usually best to have all tools and accessories set out within easy reach of the person who is doing the braiding. This can include brushes, combs, and hair bands. Rubber bands should not be used to secure hair, since they can cause damage to the hair. Covered elastic bands should be used instead.

And then, if you want to start braiding your own hair, practice on a friend first, that way you’ll get less impatient if you’re not successful the first try. Practice makes perfect, and your arms will be much happier. :D







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