Braiding your hair helps to keep your hair in place and it also prevents unwanted breakage. Hair braid is the most common and practical way of hair styling. It even improves hair growth and your grannies would vouch for that.
Apart from the traditional style of hair braid, there are various other techniques for hair braiding and interestingly most of them are named after the region of their origin.
Different Kinds of Hair Braids
Traditional or English Braid
This is the basic style of braid. It is done with three sections of hair. Starting from the nape of the neck, traditional or English braid is made by crossing the right section over the middle section and then crossing the left section over the right section.
Keep alternating the outer section over the middle section until you reach the end of hair. Secure with an elastic band. Your hair should be absolutely tangle free to make a neat braid.
The French Braid
Weaving pattern of the French braid is same as traditional braid. French braid starts from hair line near the forehead instead of from the nape of the neck. It is also made by parting hair in three sections and you cross hair the same way as for traditional braid.
While weaving the hair, you simultaneously pick strands of hair from right and left side of the head so that all the hair are braided. After you reach the nape weave the braid till the end and fasten it with a band. French braid mostly suits people who have oval shaped face. It is suitable for short girls as it adds to the height of the person.
The Dutch Braid
The Dutch braid is a variation of French braid. It also starts from top of the head, the difference lies in weaving the braid. Instead of folding the section over each other, you take right section from under the left one and vice versa and follow the same procedure as for French braid.
This braid is an inverted braid and it seems to be sitting on top of the hair. It dosed not loosen easily due to its inverted braiding.
This is an interesting and more intricate type of braid. Herringbone or Fishtail as it is known is made by taking two sections of hair instead of three. You divide the hair in two parts; take a small section of hair from outer side of right section.
Fold the hair over the other side and similarly take some strands from outer side of left section and repeat the process. Herringbone braid need not be secured at the end as it does not loosen itself.
Herringbone is a time consuming braid and it stays neat and tidy for a long time. It takes as much time to unbraid it as it takes for braiding. Sportspersons prefer wearing this type of braid in order to keep the hair secure for long period of time and to prevent loose hair from bothering them while playing.
Hair Braids are also called Plaits. The more intricate weaving is often referred to as Braiding.