1. If you're just starting to learn how to braid your own hair I recommend starting with the FRENCH BRAID. All other braids are basically variations of this popular favorite.
2. A TRUE BRUNETTE looks younger within her own color range. Add highlights and low lights 2-3 shades within natural color range to keep that youthful look. 3. BRAIDING DRY HAIR causes less breakage, however, some braids do come out better if the hair is damp. When braiding damp hair apply a small amount of conditioner to the hair working it completely through to the ends prior to braiding will allow your fingers to slid through the hair easily lessening breakage.
4. LOOSELY BRAID CURLY HAIR to achieve the latest popular tousled braid look. 5. TUG on the individual LOOPS OF THE BRAID to create an appearance of thicker hair along with many unique braid variations. An example is the pancake braid.
6. If you can't shampoo your hair SPRINKLE BABY POWDER on the roots and work completely through the hair. Do this will add volume and fullness due to the powder absorbing the natural oils.
7. Use a SALT SPRAY to add fullness and holding power to your hairstyle. Mix sea salt with water then spray mixture along hairline and roots and comb completely through the hair. Then blow dry and style as usual. Learn how to make your own Hair Products!
8. APPLYING GEL to LAYERED HAIR prior to braiding will help to eliminate the layered ends from poking out of the braid and use hairpins to tuck in ends that poke out.
9. Sometimes CHLORINE and HARD WATER MINERALS can cast a blue or green hue on light colored hair. There are many products on the market to help eliminate this problem such as aloe rid by Nexus.
10. Use pipe cleaners to tie off a child's braiding hairstyle. PIPE CLEANERS are an easy way to add a playful accent of texture and color and they're also gentle on the hair.
11. Most braids use THREE SECTIONS of hair to achieve. However, there are several two strand braids such as the twisted pony or rope braid. And then you have the more intricate braiding techniques that have four or more sections of hair. Learn how to how the strands of a Braid!
12. Ask your stylist for a RAZOR CUT instead of a blunt cut using shears for a softer finished hairstyle.