Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cascading Braid

Today, I wanted to try something I've seen pop up on Pinterest every few days.  What I learned:  do it on a less active head.  You do all that work and within five to ten minutes of play it looks pretty ragged.

Start by doing a french twist (that's a french braid with only taking hair from one side) over the top of the head near the bang line and curving it around the head near the ear.  When you are adding small amounts of hair to this design always take hair from the top side of the braid toward the center of the head. Make sure you only take small sections from the top layer of hair so you have plenty of hair for future rows of braid.  After you have curved the design around, braid a straight line at a slight downward angle until you reach the other side of the head, then gently turn the braid by making a few plaits and starting to incorporate hair on what is now the top side of the braid.  I would suggest spraying the hair with water to help the ends tuck neatly into the braid until you can hair spray it at the end.  (I forgot this trick, maybe next time it will look cleaner).  Braid to the other side of head slightly downward, then turn the braid again and continue zigzaging across and down the head until you are out of hair.  You can choose to use your last braid in corporate all the remaining hair into the top side of the braid or leave a row of hair out.  Your choice.  The trick to this one is not to have the braid tight to the scalp, this braid follows the hair not the head.  Claire wanted cute little clips.  So, if you have 'em, use 'em.  Good luck!

Time: 10-15 minutes (with restarts)
Difficulty: Hard
Length: Long (The longer and thicker the better)