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How To Do A French Braid

How To Do A French Braid

A French braid is one of those beautiful and classic hairstyles that look good on any type of hair, whether straight, wavy or curly. A French braid looks quite similar to a three – strand braid, rather than a fishtail braid or a four strand braid. French braiding

French braiding is easier when done on someone else’s hair, but quite confusing when it comes to braiding your own hair. However, though the intricate weave of the braid may appear complex, following some simple braiding steps can help you achieve this hairstyle in an easy way. To learn how to do a French braid take a look at this interesting guide listed below.

How to do a French Braid?

What you need:

· Brush

· Hair Band

Directions:

Step #1: Prepare your hair

Brush your hair backward away from your forehead to remove all the tangles and make it soft, smooth and ready for braiding.

Step #2: Divide your hair into Sections

Gather a top section of your hair (3-4 inches) wide and divide it into three sections. Using your right hand, hold the right section of your hair and use the left hand for the left section of hair. The hair in the center should be grasped between the thumb and another finger of either hand.

Step #3: Start with traditional braiding

To begin braiding, cross the right section of your hair over to the center. Then, bring the left section of hair over to the center. Continue this process smoothing your hair down until you have made a few rows of the traditional braid.

Step # 4: Keep adding hair to both segments

Continue the traditional braiding, but start adding hair from the heads’ right side for the right section and vice versa and include it in the cross- over.

Step #5: Collect all your hair into a braid

As you reach towards the nape, all your hair would have been incorporated and you will be running out of free hair required to be added to the braid.

Step #6: Finish the braid

When the entire additional hair strand has been gathered, finish it off as a traditional braid until you have reached the end of the strand. Secure the end using a hair band or a ponytail holder.

Simple Tips to do a Basic French Braid

· Use water spray before braiding your hair. This will help pull the braids firmly and keep hair neatly in place

· Ensure that you are adding an equal amount of hair from the sides. This will prevent the braid look lopsided.

· To prevent from your hands from getting tired while doing the braid, just take deep breaths and stop braiding for a minute.

· Before you tie the braid, ensure that all your strands are tight.

· To prevent frizzy hair from getting messy or ugly when in a braid, apply a bit of hair conditioner on your braid or use a hairspray.

· Dry shampooing your hair before French braiding will make hair less oily and have more texture, preparing your hair for the perfect braids.

· Hair that is washed prior a day is best suited for French braiding

Different ways to do French Braid

Apart from doing the simple traditional French braid, you can do some variations in this hairstyle, keeping the basic steps the same.

· The Side French Braid: This style has hair braided over the top and to the side

· French braids on both sides: This style has French braid on each side that end in smooth silky ponytail

· The Braidhawk: Small French braids done tightly on the sides against the helps shape can help the illusion of a mohawk

Why choose to do a French Braid

Keep hair intact: Besides looking pretty, a French braid keeps hair out of your face and does not cause any hair dents like that of a ponytail,

Natural beachy waves: If you are looking for a natural way of achieving beachy waves, all you need to do is spray some water on your hair and do a French braid. Leave the braid overnight. Remove the braids the next day to get natural beachy waves.

Get Fancy with your braid: The basic weave of a French braid can be easily manipulated in a way that your hair looks runaway ready.

So what are you waiting for, get started with a French braid and see the difference this hairstyle makes to your overall personality.

A Step-by-Step Guide to At-Home Coloring Your Hair

A Step-by-Step Guide to At-Home Coloring Your Hair
A Step-by-Step Guide to At-Home Coloring Your Hair

Should You or Shouldn’t You?

You’ve been eyeing the boxes for a while now when you walk down the aisle to grab your favorite shampoo – boxes with shimmering, vibrant hair glossing the front, promising a better style is just a quick rinse and wash away. But you wonder, is dyeing your hair at home really safe? Will it really work?Colored hair
We’re often told that we should reserve our haircare needs to professional hands.

However, dropping a minimum of forty dollars for a stylist to color your own hair can be a bit daunting especially when you’re on a budget.

Doing an at-home dye job can be a welcome and affordable alternative to the salon when you crave a change or need to cover up some unwanted gray hairs.

Surprisingly, the process is less intimidating than you would expect and the results, if the process is executed properly, are comparable to professional standards for more than half the price.

How often should you dye your hair?

The frequency of touch-ups often depends on the color you choose for your hair. The more drastic the color change from your natural color, the more frequently you will need to color.

Additionally, if the dye you choose has even the slightest tint of red, you must also dye more frequently to avoid a brassy hue that can quickly develop.

A quick rule of thumb is that if you are going lighter and/or redder, you should plan to recolor your hair every four weeks. If you’re going darker and there is no red in the color, you can wait as long as eight weeks between coloring.

Use your own judgment as to whether you should only touch up the roots or color your whole head when it comes time to redo the dye job.

If you’re going darker and there is no red in the color, you can wait as long as eight weeks between coloring.

Step-by-step Guide

1. Select your hair color.

If this is your first time coloring your hair, consider going for a more subtle change until you get the hang of dyeing at home and have found a favorite brand of dye. Also consider whether you want a permanent color or a semi-permanent, which usually washes completely out within four to six weeks.

2. Prepare

Set up your station with plenty of old towels, an old T-shirt that you don’t mind getting stained, petroleum jelly to rub around your hairline to keep your skin clear and hair clips to keep your hair in place while you wait for the color to set.

Make sure that you wait twenty-four hours or more between washing your hair and applying the dye as your strands develop protective oils that reduce damage and breaking from the chemicals.

3. Perform a strand test

Most home hair coloring kits recommend doing what is called a “strand test” before fully committing to a full coloring to make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions to the dye.

All this means is following the same process as you would for a complete dye job, but only coloring an inconspicuous section of your hair, about one inch in diameter, on the underside of your hair. After rinsing and drying from the strand test and waiting approximately six to twelve hours without any reaction, you should be safe to do a full color.

4. Dyeing

Your at-home kit should come with a developer and the color. First, put on the provided gloves, then mix the color into the developer bottle and shake it well until it’s mixed, your finger covering the applicator tip to avoid splattering dye. Some kits also come with an additional fragrance to add to the mixture, but not always.

After mixing, divide your hair into manageable sections and clip them apart.

Then begin applying the dye, beginning at the root of the hair and working your way down, massaging the dye into your hair with your fingers as you work your way towards the tips.

The reason you begin at the roots is that often the ends of your hair are much drier than the roots and therefore will soak up more dye than the roots, causing an uneven look if you aren’t careful.

Continue working your way from root to tip on every section, clipping each finished section up into a loose twist to keep it off your neck.

Once you are done with the application process, remove the gloves and set the timer. Depending on if you’re doing a touch-up or a full coverage will be the determining factor for how long you leave the color on your hair, but usually, it’s between twenty-five to forty-five minutes of wait time.

Use this time to pamper yourself, read a book or watch your favorite short television program. Just make sure you don’t lose track of time!

5. Rinsing

Once your timer has gone off, carefully remove the clips and begin rinsing the dye out with cooler water to ensure the strands hold the dye.

Keep rinsing and massaging the color out of your hair until the water running from your hair is completely clear. Most kits also include a good quality conditioner that you should apply immediately after coloring. Leave the conditioner in for at least three minutes and then rinse again.

This second rinse also doubles as a second check to make sure you have no dye left in your hair that will get left on your clothes or you pillow later on. Once the conditioner is rinsed out, style your hair as you normally would. For optimal results, do not wash your hair for at least twenty-four hours after coloring.

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Succes!

Although it may seem intimidating the first time around, the process of using at-home hair coloring kits is so simple that you’ll sport shinier, luscious locks regularly without having to wait on salon appointments and pay salon prices.

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