1. English Braid
*3 strand braid, also the most common.
a. Start at the nape of the neck, begin with 3 strands of hair.
b. Next, wrap the right strand over the middle, then the left strand over the middle. Continue to the end of hair.
c. Secure end of braid with an elastic, or hairband.
2. French Braid
*Also a 3 strand braid, beginning at the top hairline.
a. Starting at the top of the head, take a section of hair and separate into 3 strands, as you would with an English Braid.
b. Begin the motions of an English Braid, after the 3rd pass, add about a half inch of hair to the sections, pass the new section over the center strand, and repeat with the opposite side. Continue to the nape of the neck.
c. At the nape of the neck, there will be no hair left to add to the braid, so finish the braid off with a classic English Braid.
d. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic, or hairband.
*** The Dutch Braid is similar to the French Braid, but instead of passing the hair over the center, you will pass the hair under the center with each pass. This style is popular for corn rows, or a braided bang section. The Dutch Braid shows a little better than a French Braid would.
3. Fishtail Braid
*2 strand braid.
a. Section hair into 2 sections, beginning at the nape of the neck.
b. Take a small strand from one side, and cross it over to the other side.
c. Do the same for the opposite side, forming an "X" shape.
d. Continue this pattern to the end of the hair.
e. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic, or hairband.
f. Pull on edges to loosen up, or back comb sections to form a more "lived in", or messy look. *Be sure to keep it nice and tight so the top doesn't loosen up. *The smaller the sections, the more intricate it will look, larger sections can tend to look like an English Braid when finished.