17 Easy Braid Tutorials for Beginners

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Okay, okay—so I know that rocket science is ~supposedly~ the hardest mental task in the world, but, like, um, have you ever tried to create a Dutch-fishtail-crown braid?! I’m just sayin’, NASA…let’s talk. Of course, some of us are more gifted in the hair department than others, and while your best friend can create an upside-down French-braid bun in the time it takes you to google “how to braid,” you may need a little bit of extra help. And that’s where we come in.

From a waterfall braid to a chain braid to a good ol’ French braid, Kayley Pak, braid specialist at the John Barrett Salon in New York City, helped us recreate 17 (YES, 17—WE ARE MANIACS) braids, step by step, to show you exactly how to master them all. Don’t worry, you’ve got this.

1)Brush your hair with a boar-bristle paddle brush until it’s smooth (or if you have curly hair, try gently finger-detangling to avoid destroying your curl pattern).

2)Then, using a rat-tail comb or your fingers, section off the triangle of hair from your forehead to the crown of your head.

3)Split the section into three pieces and three-strand braid them, making sure to incorporate more hair from each side of your head each time you cross the hair over.

4)Continue braiding and feeding in sections until you reach the ends, then tie off with an elastic.

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