How to do braids tied at the head? The ultimate guide

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If you’re looking for an easy way to change up your look, braids are a great option due to their incredible versatility.

There are many different types, and some alternatives can be done on both long and short hair and are suitable for both casual and more formal styles.

That’s why we decided to write an article on how to do braids tied to the head, to try to explain what they consist of and, of course, the procedure to do them step by step.

How to do braids tied at the head?

A first step before starting to braid your hair is to wash and detangle it perfectly, possibly with a wide-bristle comb so as not to stress it too much. Then you have to let them dry, either naturally or with the help of a hair dryer.

And here comes one of the most important parts: deciding what kind of braid you want to do! For that, you have to consider the occasion: do you want to gather your hair for a workout or are you going to a fancy party? In any case, the decision is yours, so choose the one that best suits your style.

Here’s how to perform the most popular alternatives.

French sewn braids, ideal for men and women

Let’s start with one of the simplest types which is a series of braids that come together and stay completely attached to the head. Do you want to know how they are made? Although it takes a bit of practice to get them looking flawless, the procedure is very simple:

  1. Separate the hair into different sections, drawing a line from the face to the nape of the neck (the thickness will depend on the size you prefer for the braids).
  2. Take one of the sections and divide the hair closest to the face into three more sections.
  3. Pass one of the side strands under the middle one.
  4. Repeat with the other.
  5. Continue to cross the side strands under the central one to create the braid.
  6. As you go, gather more hair from the same section and add it to the main braid, to give it some thickness.
  7. Continue until you are done with all the hair and secure it with an elastic.

REMARK: don’t take your hands off your head while you do the braids, so they don’t come loose.

African braids

This is another of the main types of head tied braids and is basically a series of very thin braids that start at the base of the scalp.

If you want to understand how African braids are done, just follow these steps:

  1. Using a mousetail comb, divide the hair into two parts, drawing an arc from ear to ear.
  2. Separate each section into three (or more) equal subsections.
  3. Take the first section from the bottom and divide it according to how thick you want the braid to be prepared.
  4. Put gel at the base of the hair, near the head, and separate it into three strands.
  5. Then cross the sides below the middle one.
  6. Continue to perform the procedure along the entire length of the section.
  7. Close with an elastic band or with a decoration of your choice.
  8. Repeat with the rest of the hair.

REMARK: some people sometimes use extensions while doing African braids to give them more volume.


band braid

As the name suggests, this type of braid is similar to wearing a headband, but done with your own hair. It’s a popular choice because it suits both young girls and adults alike, and it looks great with both loose and gathered hairstyles.

So, if you want to learn how to do headband braids with the headband style, you can start with this procedure:

  1. Part your hair from ear to ear and move the rest of your hair.
  2. Start by taking three strands near one ear and braiding them, keeping the braid close to the head.
  3. As you go, incorporate the strands of hair that go towards the forehead, and you will notice that the braid becomes wider and wider.
  4. Make sure the braid is pinned up so it doesn’t cover your forehead.
  5. Continue like this until you reach the other ear and secure the end with a rubber band.
  6. If you want, you can loosen the braid a bit to give it a softer look.

Other types of braids

We hope our short guide on how to do tied head braids helped you learn how to achieve the most popular hairstyles, however, if none of the styles above convinced you, here are two final options. We are sure you will like them.

If you want a single braid, try the Dutch braid!

The Dutch braid features a thick braid that crosses the head from the forehead to the end of the hair.

To make it, follow these instructions.

  1. Get three thick strands on top of the head.
  2. Pass each side strand in the center, crossing it under the central strand.
  3. Add the hair to the side section and crisscross it below.
  4. Repeat the procedure on the other side.
  5. Keep braiding and adding hair until you reach the tip of the head.
  6. Secure the end with a rubber band.

REMARK: in this type of braid, thick strands are added to give volume and at the end they can also be slightly tousled to give a touch of softness.


How to do boxer braids

This style basically consists of two symmetrical Dutch braids tied at the head.

The procedure is very similar to the previous one:

  1. Divide your hair exactly in half.
  2. Take three very thin strands from one of the sections.
  3. Start weaving them.
  4. Add finer strands as you weave them in, keeping them close to your head.
  5. Once you have braided all your hair, secure it with an elastic.
  6. Repeat in the other section.
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