Darlene asked in Beauty & StyleHair · 10 years ago

What are all of the different types of braids?

I know the basic braid, the french braid, the dutch braid, and the fishtail braid. I just recently found out about the waterfall braid, so I still have to learn how to do that one. Is there anymore types? I want to find out and learn how to do them all.

3 Answers

  • Nina
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    English Braid

    English braid is a traditional hairstyle, popular amongst the women in the Great Britain since a very long time.

    French Braid

    French braid makes use of an extra segment of hair. In this popular hairstyle, a technique similar to the English braid is used to stylize the hair.

    Dutch Braid

    Dutch braid is the inverted form of the popular French braid. The Dutch braid is made by crossing the outside strand of hair under the center strand, which is known as the left-under-middle and right-under-middle technique. This hairdo should also be done by taking strands from either side of the head.

    Swiss Braid

    While making the Swiss braid, the hair is divided into two halves, by parting it centre, right down to the nape of the neck. The left-hand side segment of the hair is braided into simple three-strand plaits. After securing the ends with an elastic band, the braid is taken on to the left side and curled around the head, up past the right ear and back to where it started. The right-hand hair segment is braided in the same form and is curled in the opposite direction. They are then joined around the head and pinned to form a kind of crown.

    Rope Braid

    It is very simple to make rope braids, although the hairstyle looks complicated. The braids are made with wet hair, preferably. To start with, the hair is pulled back into a ponytail. After securing it with an elastic band, the ponytail is divided into two strands. Now, each of the segment is twisted clockwise to give the appearance of a rope. The right section of the hair is wrapped counter clockwise over the left hair segment, tightly. You repeat the process until the end of the ponytail is reached.

    Multi-Strand Braid

    The number of strands used in multi-strand braid hairstyle ranges from five to nine. The complicated hairstyle should be done with a lot of patience, since it is hard to keep the hairdo neat. The technique used to make multi-strand braid is the simple left-over-middle and right-over-middle.

    Biker's Braid

    Not really a braid at all, a biker's braid is a ponytail secured at intervals down the length with a number of hair elastics. The braid is so named because it is useful for motorcyclists, requiring little time or skill to achieve while protecting hair from whipping around in the wind.

    Heidi Braid

    Heidi or Swiss braids, recently popularised on the catwalk, are formed by crossing two braids at the nape of the neck, bringing them up around the head and pinning to form a kind of crown. A variation for those with shorter hair brings the braids straight up and crosses them over the top of the head.

    Square 4-Strand Braid

    This unique braid does not have a front and back, but looks the same on all sides, giving the braid a rope-like appearance. It is made with four strands, woven in a pattern of left-under-two-back-over-one, right-under-two-back-over-one.

    Cascade Braids

    Cascade braids leave the back half of the hair loose (usually all the hair from the ears down to the nape of the neck). Single, classic, combination and even crown braids can be made cascade-style, to give a flowing, feminine look.

    Combination Braids

    Any braid which turns into another is a combination braid. Typically, a combination braid is formed by two classic braids joining at the nape of the neck to make a single braid, of the same or a different type.

    Accent Braids

    Any small braids which add to the overall effect of a hairstyle, whether braided or unbraided, are known as accent braids.

    The Crown Braid

    This is a picture of a crown braid. The twist produces a rope like effect and also appears to sit on top of the head. It is great for proms and formal hair styles. A crown braid stays up very well, and looks good on almost everyone.

    Rasta Braids

    Rasta braids actually are lots of fine braids. Almost always synthetic hair is woven into the natural hair from the hairline until at least 1 to 2 cm. more than the natural hair length. The braids are often decorated with pearls.

    They can be worn three to five months. The finer the braids the longer the hairstyle that can be worn (maximum five months).

    Dreadlocks are for men and women. There are several methods of dreadlocking hair. After dividing hair into sections, you can either braid, hand roll, or allow the hair to naturally "loc" on its own.

    Fishtail braid

    The Fishtail braid, also known as the Herringbone or Fishbone, looks elaborate and time-consuming. But it's actually really fun and easy to do!

  • 10 years ago

    Basketweave, Five strand, four strand, 10 strand, cornrow, Box Braids with extensions...

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago


    Try searching yahoo first, before asking a question.

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