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Learning how to braid (and a bit of french and dutch braiding)

I don’t know whether I ever told you this, but I learned braiding at a pretty young age. I think my mum taught my brother (!) and me how to do it, as a way to occupy us or something, but I learned it, and for a while it was the coolest thing to do.

I also know a few people who are my age or older who never learned how to braid, For this reason I decided to introduce you to braiding, tell you what dto do and then explain to you how I learned how to braid.

When you do basic braiding, you take three strands. Let’s call them 1, 2 and 3.

At the beginning we have 1/2/3.
You then take 1 and put it over 2. Now we have 2/1/3.
You do the same on the right. Put 3 over 1 so we have 2/3/1.We repeat this on the left, so 2 over 3: 3/2/1
Afterwards we do this on the right by putting 1 over 2: 3/1/2
Next thing we repeat it on the left, so 3 over 1 is 1/3/2.
Now we put 2 over 3 so: 1/2/3
Then we start over.

Tl;dr: You put the left strand in the middle, then you put the right strand in the middle, then you put the left strand in the middle and so on.

I learned braiding by knotting three pieces of string to a handle of some sorts, and then started braiding it using only one piece of string as a strand.

Eventually you can move to your hair, where you have to pay attention to not mixing up the strands (like taking hair from strand 1 and adding it to strand 2).

For french braiding, you go ahead and add a bit of hair to your outer strand before you put it in the middle so basically:

Take hair to left strand, put the entire thing in the middle, take hair to right strand and put the entire strand in the middle, take hair to left strand and put the entire thing in the middle and there you go on and on.

Dutch braiding is basically the same technique, the only difference is that you don’t take the outer strands and take them over the middle strand, you now let the middle strand be the upper one.

How to properly tease your hair

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Whenever you’re doing a formal hairstyle, you will be faced with the possibility of a bouffet or even adding texture by teasing. And that’s when randomness kicks in - sometimes teasing works just fine, and sometimes it’ll end up a hot mess on top of your head. But no worries, I finally figured out what you can do to help that matter.

1. Use a proper tool: A backcombing comb or brush will be much easier to handle than a regular brush. It’s much more controlled and (bonus) you’ll be able to reverse that backcomb.

2. Prep your hair with volume products: Oftentimes, you want to achieve volume with your backcombing. To achieve this, it’s pretty handy to use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner or a blowdryer spray beforehand.

3. Backcomb from the front to the back: Start from the very first section in the front (that you want to tease) and work your way back.

4. Tease the entire strand A LOT Your hair should stand up like it does in the gif above, maybe even a bit more. You can always go back and release the tease a bit later on.

5. Tease where no one can see it: By this I mean tease only he back from your front strand, as this will be covered up. The rest of your hair may be teased on either side.

6. Smooth your hair out: After you’ve teased it, you can smooth your hair out, and direct it in any way you want to

After spraying it with hair spray, you’re ready to go