Day Five: The Simple Braid {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Five: The Simple Braid
Skill To Learn: Three Strand Braiding
Difficulty: Pretty Simple With Practice
Time Commitment: 10 Minutes
What You Need: Comb and 2 Clear Elastics

For Day Five of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s talk about the three-stranded, Simple Braid.  I have always presumed that every little girl braided her barbie’s hair and eventually learned to braid her own, but I was truly surprised to find multiple girls in cosmetology school who didn’t know the basic braid.  So we will learn it together today, and a little later on we will move into french braiding, french braiding your bangs and fishbone braiding.  

For any sort of braid, I suggest working with damp hair (it’s better if it’s out-of-the-shower damp rather than spritz-bottle damp, because the root shaft of the hair needs to be wet, not just the outside cuticle layer).  Lightly gel the length of your hair and part it down the center, all the way to your nape.  Check your parting in the mirror at this point if you’re not sure that you have a nice, clean parting (follow that link for a parting tutorial). Remember, others can see those tacky parts, even if you can’t, so do it right 🙂 Put one side of your parting into an elastic to keep it out of the way.  Having combed all of this section down the sides toward your ear, divide it with your fingers into three parts.  Now it is worth noting that if you want your braid to extend almost to the length of your hair, then focus on dividing these three sections where the ends have an equal thickness, not the base where you are beginning.  Your hair will typically be thinner around your temples and ears than at the back, so use the ends as your guide when separating the three sections. 


Now for the Simple Braid, you just need to remember this easy phrase: right to the center, left to the center.  It’s really that easy!  Here are a few more tips to ensure your success:

      • Comb as you go.  It’s okay to pause what you’re doing to grab the comb and smooth out your sections halfway through.  This will keep it looking clean.
      • Keep an even tension.  This will come more naturally in time as you practice, but don’t allow any one section to become to loose or it will throw off the overall look.  Learn to utilize different fingers to hold and switch the sections. 
      • Keep your arms and hands positioned correctly.  You can braid from either of the positions pictured below, but make sure that whichever you do on one side, you also repeat on the other, because they produce slightly different results.


Braiding really is easy and once you get the hang of it, it will open up a whole new spectrum of styles, which we will soon explore!  So go practice and let me know how it goes, okay?  If my eleven-year-old can learn to do this on herself after one demonstration and two helps, you can too!  I promise 🙂  Use the comment section to let me know if you need any further clarification! 

Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness! 


About ~Sarah

Artist. Musician. Writer. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Christian. Existentialist. Pilgrim.

Posted on January 5, 2012, in beauty, hair tutorials and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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