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How to Style Braided Hair

Prepared by: Alaa Almadani Jackson Bowns Madeline Chapman Savannah Booth 2700.003 class time 9 to 10 April 18, 2014

Table of Contents
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Introduction to How to Style Braided Hair


We can define braids as a complicated structure that can be applied to the hair by interlinking parts of the hair. According to Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, the history of braiding hair might go back to about 30,000 years. However, you can see braids through out history when you look at some of the ancient Egyptian drawings in decorated tombs as shown in picture 2. Also, according to Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, the oldest work of art indicates that braiding existed 30,000 years ago (picture number 1). In this instruction project, you will learn how to braid your hair in three different styles, which are the normal braid, the French braid, and the fishtail braid.

Picture 1 Venus of Willendorf

Picture 2 Decorated Tomb

Materials Needed
1. Hair 2. Hair brush 3. Hair ties 4.!Hair comb

Pre-Instructions
Before braiding, wash the hair so the hair is clean and smooth. Use a comb or a brush to thoroughly work through the hair to get rid of all tangles. For a French braid a fine-tooth comb works best. For wavy or curly hair, dampen the hair with a small amount of water or hair product (such as gel or hair spray) to make the hair more manageable. Gently comb through the hair, and if necessary, use a small amount of conditioner to make the hair smooth and easier to work with.

Instructions
Normal Braid
1. Brush hair to remove any tangles. 2. Divide the hair into three sections, using a comb, as shown in picture 1A. 1A

3. Cross the green section over the blue section. 4. Cross the red section over the green section. Your braid should now look like picture 1B. 1B

5. Cross the green section over the red section as shown in picture 1C. 1C

6. Cross the blue section over the green section as shown in picture 1D. 1D

7. Continue crossing the right and left sections over the middle section in an alternating pattern, as shown in pictures 1E and 1F, until you reach the end of the hair. 1E 1F

8. Secure the braid with a hair tie. The braid should look like picture 1G when you are done. 1G

French Braid
1. Brush hair to remove any tangles. 2. Gather a four-inch wide section of hair at the top of the head as shown in picture 2A. 2A

3. Divide the section of hair you have gathered into three sections. 4. Cross the green section over the red section. 5. Cross the blue section over the green section. The braid should look like picture 2B at this point. 2B

6. Gather a small section of hair on the right side of the head and add it to the red section as shown in picture 2C. 2C

7. Cross this new larger red section of hair across the blue section of your braid. This is shown in picture 2D. 2D

Note: At this point, it is easier to continue French braiding if you hold the blue section with your thumb and hold the red section in between your index and middle fingers. This is depicted in picture 2E. 2E

8. Gather a small section of hair on the left side of the head and add it to the green section of your braid as shown in picture 2F. 2F

9. Cross this new larger section of hair across the middle section of your braid as shown in picture 2G. 2G

10. Repeat steps 6 through 9 as you move down the head until you have gathered all of the hair. You will alternate between gathering hair on the left and right sides to add to the braid. Note: At this point you will have three sections just like at the start of a normal braid. 11. Braid the hair like you would a normal braid until you reach the end of the hair as shown in picture 2H. 2H

12. Secure the braid with a hair tie when you reach the end of the hair. The braid should look like picture 2I when you are done. 2I

Fishtail Braid
1. Brush hair to remove any tangles. 2. Secure the hair in a ponytail at the nape of the neck with a hair tie. Note: This step is optional. You can do this braid by starting with or without a ponytail. 3. Divide the hair into two sections as shown in picture 3A. 3A

4. Gather a small section of hair from the back of the red section of your braid. 5. Pull the small section of hair around the red section until it joins with the blue section of the braid. This is shown is picture 3B. 3B

6. Gather a small section of hair from the back of the blue section of the braid. 7. Pull the small section around the blue section of the braid until it joins with the red section of the braid as shown in picture 3C. 3C

8. Repeat steps 4-7 until you reach the end of the hair. 9. Secure the braid with a hair tie. Without starting with a ponytail, the braid should look like picture 3D when complete. 3D

Clean Up
After completing the braid, clean the hair out of the brush and comb and put away the materials used. Wipe the area clean of fallen hair and sticky hairspray or gel. Check the area for any Bobby Pins or hair ties that may have fallen. 9

Troubleshooting
1. What if some hair is falling out of the braid? You can use Bobby Pins to secure the hair in the braid or you can use hairspray to secure the hair.

2. What if my hair is so smooth it will not stay braided? Soft smooth hair is easier to braid if the hair is slightly dirty. The natural oils in the hair help to hold the hair in place. 3. What if I want my braid to look thicker? To make your braid look thicker once you have completed your braid, you can pull the hair on either side of the braid to make the braid looser. Do not pull the hair so much that you pull the hair out of the braid.

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