Do you like totally suck at braids but desperately wish you didn’t?
Frustrating isn’t it?
It’s like your stupid fingers don’t know what to do when which results in lost strands of hair, tangles and an embarrassing “braided” style that’s nowhere near as stylish or polished as what you see on Pinterest or Instagram.
Plus your struggles mean you can all but forget doing any plaits in a hurry like you should be able to.
Four Hacks That Might Actually Work
Good news is … if you can’t do braids to save your life there are four things to try.
Some you’ll know. Some may not.
Now as they say, and practically every one says this about braiding, practice makes perfect! Lots and lots of practice. A little corny but true.
Next try working with dirty hair as the extra grit will help it hold together better. That’s because clean, slippery strands tend to be much harder for beginners to braid up.
Then here’s a bit of a crazy one. Unexpected too maybe. Don’t use a mirror.
Honestly I’ve found looking in the mirror to be more confusing and distracting than helpful. Instead practice over and over again while binge watching Netflix and then check out how you did between episodes, take it out and go at it again.
The fourth thing is watch helpful YouTube vids – over and over if need be.
Which is why we’ve written about all sorts of braids and these articles include tips, hacks PLUS hand picked YouTube vids galore, who knew?, to get you over the hump.
By all means indulge.
Use these to rock the techniques for yourself. Okay?
So here’s a sampling of the help for braiding beauties you’ll find on our site.
Pancaking: The One Braiding Hack You Simply Must Master
Ahhh, pancaked braids.
Such plumped up hairstyles are big. Fat. Darling.
Which is all the more desirable if you have fine and thin locks.
But … is this really a reliable way to make a Dutch, French or fishtail braid look thicker, wider and fuller, as seen all over Pinterest, or just another styling gimmick?
Truth be told if you know how to do it right pancaking can elevate most braided hairstyles to the next level.
And that’s true whether the braiding is part of an updo, worn with the plait to the side, dressing up a half up style or done with a ponytail.
This technique is so popular because you’ll be able to make any braid look flatter and loaded with cool girl texture while creating the illusion of a bigger, bolder braid just by tugging on the edges.
So this pancaking braids tutorial we researched and wrote makes it easy to get the prettiest plaits ever. Check it out now to get your best, most voluminous, intentionally imperfect braids ever!
Step by Step Dutch Braiding Cheat Sheet For Beginners
So you’re a Dutch braids babe wannabe looking into how to Dutch braid your own hair, huh?
Lucky for you the next of our efforts to help involves how to master stunning Dutch braids.
Here’s a guide that’s perfect for anyone hoping for some easy, step by step, video tutorials simple enough for beginners with braid ready fingers who just lack the technique.
As the tutorials show braids like these are easier to rock than you might think.
So maybe you could do something like a phat plait that crowns your head with a tight or messy headband of hair – single or double braids, your choice – that looks all intricate and fancy.
Or it could even be accent plaits on the side, an edgy faux hawk, or something done with the help of clip in extensions.
Which is why we wrote an informative article featuring a step by step video for experienced beginners that makes any of this easy. It lays out the ideas and tricks of the trade needed so you’ll know how to do style staples like this on your own hair.
Look. If you know how to do a French braid this is your next move on your braiding journey.
As these tutorials show Dutch braids are actually easier to rock than you might think. If you want to know more about Dutch braiding this article’s for you!
15 Super Easy Short Hair Braids To Die For
Sadly many with short hair can’t get beyond their beach waves rut seemingly forgetting all about braiding.
Which is a shame. Because for a change of pace a pretty little mini side braided updo at your crown can give you a day free from bangs.
And okay. You’re right. You probably don’t have enough length for a decent messy boho French plait or full blown Dutch halo braid, much less a fishtail – but so what?
Braids can still have the short tressed looking OMG-orgeous in no time.
It’s a little known fact that most bobs or shoulder length cuts can be braided by beginners like yourself no problem.
And once you know how to braid short hair watch out! You can hit the beach or barbeques this summer and look stylish and put together while staying cool, calm and collected.
For those who don’t know how to make that happen … for this short braided hairstyles article we found amazing step by step video tutorials (brimming with timeless tips that will have you lookin’ all braided up in no time) demonstrating 15 easy ways to rock a braided, cool girl look with short hair.
Once you’ve read this one you’ll never find yourself stuck in a styling rut again.
Waterfall Braids: The Only Guide You Need to Rock This Flowing Hairstyle
Do those whimsically cascading tendrils have you obsessed with how to do waterfall braids?
Sure they can be a tad tricky to get the hang of but luckily this lusted after French braid upgrade is such a totally-worth-the-effort look to master.
Besides strands spilling down from your crown all around your head is such a romantic style.
Yet it’s not nearly as complicated to rock as it looks once you learn the basic moves.
Still those who know how to waterfall braid their own hair are signaling they have definitely stepped up their braiding game.
If you are ready step up too be sure to check out the step by step DIY video we uncovered that reveals exactly how to get that cascading action happening for you!
Tutorials like these give you the 411 on such chic styles. So you’ll definitely want to check out our guide to get up to speed on this type of plait.
Believe it or not, as you’ll see, this braided hairstyle really comes down to just three simple steps. And just imagine if you could make ah-mazing mane magic like this happen whenever you wanted to!
Who’s up for waterfall braids?
Halo Braids: Hacks and Videos For Neophytes and Wannabe Halo Braiding Wizards
Have you met the halo braid?
Few things say romantic more than a fat, somewhat Bohemian, goddess looking plait like this.
They’re perfect for special occasions during the summer because they look all complicated and everything yet keep your hair off your neck.
And about that complicated bit – nothing could be further from the truth.
Even if you’re all hopeless when it comes braided hairstyles after watching the deceptively easy step-by-step video tutorial you’ll nail this thick and voluminous looker.
Besides the seven simple hacks also shared will see to it you do get this one since it’s also the perfect plait for beating hair boredom.
Hey I saw that eye roll. But I’ve got confidence in you.
Look it’s really just a play on the Dutch braid using bobby pins to hold it where you put it.
Hopefully you’ll find our article super helpful as you step up to master this oh-so-fabulous hairstyle.
So why not give your second day strands a cute and totally new lease on life with this majorly epic look?
21 Darling French Braided Hairstyles You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet
With a bit of a free spirit vibe going for them.
French braided hairstyles are all those things and more.
This sleek plait conveys elegance and sophistication at every turn.
But back to everyday reality they’re great for keeping your hair out of your face.
Best of all they’re the simplest type of braided style going.
If it’s time to elevate your French braiding game these 21 super cute French braided hairstyles offer the inspo you need to upgrade a common braid into an uncommon look. Proving that creative yet lazy day hairstyles really do exist.
Then for help to make the magic happen you’ll want to watch the point-by-point video tutorials that accompany many of them.
So yeah. Be sure to visit this French braiding image post we wrote because it offers all that and more.
Ultimately with the help of braided hair tutorials like those found here for most plaits will become incredibly easy. Think like second nature for you once you get the hang of it.
The way to get the hang of it is to practice. Practice. Practice.
Develop braid ready fingers and you got this.
So no putting it off.
Either watch the select, must-see videos in these posts we’ve compiled for you or practice, practice, practice.
Now let’s say you are interested in more than just braided hairstyles. In that case why not why not follow our Pinterest hair care boards where we share all kinds ah-some tips and hacks?