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Braid encyclopedia – definitions and how to for fishtail, mohair etc.

/ 12.09.2013
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There are a lot of different braid hairstyles out there and we think it's good to know the differences between them all. After all, a fishtail and a mohair are hardly the same thing... yeah, we'll expand on that.

There are a lot of updos, chignons and the like that involve braids including a braided crown but that's pretty self-explanatory. Basically, it's a headband, formed out of a braid and wrapped around your head as a crown or headband would be – a lot of us probably have more experience with the latter.

The most important thing to know about when it comes to braids is the different styles of the actual braid itself and the method involved.

The classic

Perhaps the most common braid of all, this is a regular three-strand braid that can be worn to one side, as a ponytail, or straight down.

The wavy braid

This is basically a slightly off-kilter version of a regular braid. All you have to go to get the look is create a regular braid and then hold one strand and push the rest upwards to create ripples.

The fishtail

This braid gets its name from its intricate, bone-like structure. It's a two-strand braid where you pull smaller sections from behind each strand and tuck them under the opposite strand at the front. It can be tricky to get the hang of but once you do, it gets pretty addictive.

The mohair braid

This braid is an especially romantic one that is surprisingly easy to recreate. All you have to do is tease your hair to add in extra volume and then clip two strands together – one on top of the other – before braiding down as you would normally. This kind of braid is great for a really bohemian look.

And there you have it, four braids to build a repertoire of up, down, half-up and original side hairstyles with. Happy styling!

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