7 helpful tips to follow if you are a beginner braider

Braids are fun! It's quite amazing how many different ways you can manipulate your hair into different shapes and textures, just by using different braiding techniques. But, it can be a pain. Literally. Finger cramping, arm pain, and neck cramping are par for the course, especially when you're just starting out.
If you're having a hard time with braiding, you'll want to check out some of these helpful tips. And remember: practice makes perfect.
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1. Start simple
Of all the items in your hairstyling arsenal, the ponytail holder is something you probably reach for the most. Those little elastic bands make it easy to lift your hair up and out of the way at a moment’s notice. Now, a ponytail has its place, but sometimes you just want something a little more stylish. Say hello to the braided ponytail. Get the full tutorial here.
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2. Try braiding your hair wet
Style Caster recommends braiding your hair when its when because look strands will stick together, making it easier to achieve a clean look. If you are just starting out, braiding wet hair can be much less frustrating than working with dry hair.
3. Or try braiding it dirty
Have layered hair? Try weaving on second-day hair. The natural oils make it easier to work your hair. Bustle recommends only washing your hair every few days to help color last longer. Braiding second-day hair keeps it out of your face so you can't tell it's unwashed.
4. Make it look thicker fast
Thicker braids are often more eye-catching. If you want your hair to look fuller, try pancaking the braid. That just means, tugging gently at one side of the braid to loosen it a bit, so it looks bigger, according to The Beachwaver.
5. Use a clear rubber band first
Having trouble getting your hair to stay where you need it? Secure it in a cheap hair rubber band, finish your braid, secure it in place and then cut the hair tie out with scissors.
6. Tighter braids last longer
Tight styles last longer and look more put together. If you're having trouble keeping the braid tight, there are a few tricks you can try. The biggest tip is to keep your hand as close to the head as possible. Moving your hands away creates a looser braid.
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7. Practice, practice, practice
I got into the weird habit of braiding portions of my hair while I'm watching TV. It gives my fingers practice with different techniques. Find time to practice. If you get discouraged, stop and come back when you're feeling less annoyed.
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