Women’s braiding techniques just continue to burst forth, with a nice flow of so many absolutely gorgeous ways of performing the standard crossover, to create 3D effects, sculpting with strands of hair and breathtakingly beautiful sweeps of loosely gathered tresses that amaze, impress and definitely turn many a head. This fall, why not consider changing up your same old braiding go-to, and instead, exchanging it for something really different, really stunning and really high class? If you have not checked out the many new braiding techniques that are now available for women’s hair styling, it’s definitely time to do so now. Here are two lovely braid styles for brisk, fall days.
The Waterfall Half-Up
This braid is easy to do with a little practice. You want to wind up with a bottom row of very loosely gathered loops in with the whole braid–that is what gives this braid its glory.
- Gather three equally sized strands of hair at your hairline on the opposite side of your part and begin making a French braid toward the back.
- After a couple of full passes, take the top piece, cross it over the middle of the braid, leaving it to hang in a loose loop. Next, pull in some hair from the bottom, to become the new middle piece. Continue this process for the next three passes, so you’ll wind up with five loose loops at the bottom. Once you’ve completed the third pass, gather up the waterfall pieces now hanging down to introduce back into the braid. These will form the top for the next five passes. The looser you can keep everything, the more dramatic your loops will be.
- At the end, do a regular braid, then securing with bobby pins in an X, to secure the end to your head.
The Celtic Knot
- This one is relatively small, but mighty impressive, for sure! Begin by gathering a ¼” strand of hair from each temple, so you’ll have one on each side.
- Take the left strand and create a loop and hold securely. Take the right strand and go underneath the left loop. Next, slide the right strand up over and through the loop.
- Then, you slip the right section back underneath where the strand is pulled back from your right temple.
- With the end of the right side section, go back up through the loop. Now, you gently tug on the ends of both left and right strands, as you observe the Celtic knot come together.
Think whimsical and romantic – the fishtail braid appears as if it took DAYS to create, but in truth, these striking braids are simple, once you get the hang of it.
Of course, the trend is not the straight up fishtail braid of the past, the new fishtail starts at the front of the hairline, somewhat asymmetrical and “weaves” around the side and ends skewed on one side. It sounds like something out of Star Wars, but looks AMAZING. This braid works dressed up or down, and is even acceptable for weddings!