A plain braid can be a great way to add some fun and flair to your hairstyle. It’s an easy and simple look that can be worn to school, for a casual lunch with friends or to a special event. You can even adorn your braid with some accessories or lace to make it stand out from the crowd.
There are many different types of plain braids to choose from. The most common is a simple three-strand braid, but there are also some variations that can be a bit more intricate and dressier.
If you’re a beginner, the simple three-strand braid is a good place to start. Once you master the technique, you can move on to more advanced styles, like this rope braid and these heart braids!
How to Make a Plain Braid: Step 1
First, you need to have well-combed hair. It should be dry, preferably freshly-washed but slightly dirty hair can be fine as long as it’s not too tangled.
Step 2: Use a wide tooth comb to section your hair into two parts, separating the top half from the bottom. Brush and detangle your hair if needed, then apply a dab of Styling Paste on your palms to emulsify and work it into your hair for added grip and hold.
Then, begin a basic Dutch-braid by taking a section of hair from the center part (the “Mohawk” section), crossing it UNDER a section of hair on the other side. Repeat this process until you’ve crossed all of your sections over one another.
This is an easier way to get a plain braid, but it does require a bit of patience and the ability to keep your strands together while you’re braiding. You should also be able to make this style on medium or longer hair lengths.
How to Make a Plain Braid: Option 2
The second option for a plain braid is to do a double-tubular style. This is a type of braid that starts at the front of your head and then continues down to the nape of your neck. This is a great style to wear for any occasion, especially if you have a lot of hair to work with.
How to Make a Double-tubular Braid:
The double-tubular braid, also called the Dutch-braid, is one of the most classic types of plain braids. It’s also the most popular choice for those who are new to braiding as it doesn’t require as much attention to detail and can be made on a variety of hair lengths.
Once you’ve finished braiding your hair, wrap the ends of the braid around each other several times to secure the ends of the braid and give it a neat look. For added hold, you can use a small amount of hair oil or leave-in conditioner on your braids.
How to Make a Double-tubular braid:
The double-tubular braid is more difficult than the other versions of the plain braid but it’s worth the effort if you want a pretty and unique braid that will last all day. You’ll need a bit of extra hair on the ends of your hair to create this braid, but it will be worth it for the neat and clean appearance it gives you.