Braided hairstyles have been around for thousands of years and have remained a popular hairstyle choice for people across cultures and centuries. There are countless braid variations, from the classic French braid to intricate, multi-strand cornrows. Single braids are a common and simple way to style African-American hair with a modern, polished look.
Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Single Braid Updo
Creating a single braid updo is a fairly easy hairstyling process that can be done even by novice hair braiders. First, start with freshly washed and blow dried damp hair (or add a leave-in conditioner to increase manageability). Comb through your hair with a wide-toothed comb and make sure it is free of any tangles. Separate your hair into two sections – one at the top of your head and one at the the nape of your neck. Start braiding the hair at the nape of your neck in a regular three-strand braid.
Braid the hair in a regular three-strand braid all the way up the back of the head, until you reach the top. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic or hair clip.
Next, start creating the second braid. Divide the separated top half of the hair into two equal sections. Start braiding the hair from the middle of the head in a three-strand manner and braid all the way to the end. Secure the end of the second braid with an elastic or hair clip.
Finishing the Single Braid Updo
Gently tug on each braid to loosened it slightly and give the updo a more full and voluminous look. Gently twist the two braids together on the back of the head and secure with an elastic or bobby pins. Coat with hairspray to help set the style and keep it in place. And that’s it! You’ve successfully created a trendy, single braid updo right in your own home!
Single braid updos are a great way to mix up your normal hairstyling routine and add a bit of sophistication and style to your look. And since the braid will eventually unravel, it can make for a great night time style that easily transitions into a wavy look for the day after.