The Braid Breakdown

September 19, 2011
Everyone knows it, braids are in style.  
If you have ever done a braid and thought "Why doesn't my braid look like her braid?  How do I get it to look like that?" Then this braid breakdown is for you :) 

1.  The french braid
This is the braid most people know how to do.  Three pieces, outside pieces alternate going OVER the inside piece, adding new hair to each outside piece as you go.
image source - love magean
image on right source - Blossom and Glow

2.  The inverted french braid
This is exactly like the basic french braid, except the outside pieces alternate going UNDER the inside piece, still adding new hair to the outside pieces as you go.  The simple change creates a totally different look.

3.  The fishtail braid
This braid is created by dividing the hair in 2 sections, then alternating a small piece of hair from one side to the other.   The smaller the piece, the more it will look like a fishtail.  This how-to might be helpful -

 4.  The twist braid
The twist braid is created with two sections as well.  To start, take two pieces and twist one over the other.  Add a piece of hair to the bottom section, and twist again.  Here is another helpful how-to-

5.  The waterfall braid
This braid might look complicated, but it's actually pretty simple!   As you french braid, add new hair to the top section, then drop the hair of the bottom section out, picking up new hair in it's place.  You can also do this with a twist instead of a braid.
This video will explain it a lot better than I can -

Image on left - love maegan

6.  The one sided braid
The one sided braid is just like the french braid,  but gathers new hair only from one side.
Image on right- the Beauty Department

There are several other varieties of braids, but those are the basics.
Happy braiding!