The Basic Braid
Source: Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair, published by Artisan
- Start with damp hair — either towel-dried or misted — and use the wide-tooth comb to detangle hair.
- Using a fine-tooth comb, divide the hair into three equal sections: right, left, and middle.
- Hold the right section in your right hand and the other two sections separately in your left. Cross the right section over the middle section and hold with your left hand. The original right section is now the middle section. Pull the sections away from each other to tighten the braid.
- Now cross the left section over the middle section. The original left-hand section is now the middle section. Tighten again.
- Continuing alternating right and left sections over the middle, until you reach the end of the hair. Secure with a ponytail holder.
Friedman adds that braids should never be too tight. You should also braid the hair all the way to the very bottom and secure with a coated elastic. "Leaving the tiniest piece of unbraided hair can cause split ends and breakage," she says.