For those of you who are hair challenged like me, discovering the kinds of braids that work for fine, slippery hair is a godsend.
I was born with my mother’s fine locks but, additionally blessed with my father’s Italian genes as well. This means that while my hair is very fine, there is quite a lot of it to work with. I was also taught to wash my hair almost every day. It’s only really in the past year or two that I started to learn what hair experts recommended, and what the right techniques for healthy, and style-able Selena Gomez hair are.
For Bustle readers with hair like mine, the right prep makes a world of difference in achieving Pinterest-worthy braids. Christina Butcher, the author of 30 Braids in 30 Days, recommends adding dry shampoo to clean hair before attempting to style, according to the website Hair Romance. As Bustle previously reported, washed hair has a harder time taking to styling and braiding, but if you must wash, avoid ingredients in volumizing shampoos like ammonium lauryl sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate, Chaz Dean, creator ofWEN Hair Care recommended to Buzzfeed Life, “These ingredients are added to make the shampoo feel thicker and richer in your hand, and also to create the foaming lather people have come to expect. The reality is that these same ingredients are incredibly harsh and drying to your hair and scalp,” he told the publication.
Butcher recommends adding grip with a pinch of styling powder or styling mousse before you begin. During the braiding process itself, make sure to keep tension on your braid and use bobby pins to maintain structure. After the braid is looking satisfactory to you, spray, spray, spray, with hairspray straight from the musical.
Sally Hershberger Salon stylist Matt Fugate told Cosmopolitan UK, “The key to styling fine hair is making sure you always have a strong focal point. It adds dimension and the appearance of thickness, tricking one’s eye into thinking you have more hair.” For example, StyleCaster states that crown braids are “more delicate and smaller in diameter,” so finer hair takes to them better. The publication also recommends fishtail braids. With all of this in mind, here are a few braids for all fine-haired women to make your hair look as cool as LC’s and as thick as Zooey Deschanel.
1. Crown Braid
This crown braid tutorial is sure to make you look regal with volume!
2. Side Braid Bun
This cute side dutch braid is perfect for the every day effortlessly flawless look.
3. MilkMaid Braid
This milkmaid braid is sure to make you feel like you own a large milk conglomerate, rather than just one cow.
4. Side French Braid
OK, how great does this look?
5. Braid Out For Natural Hair
This braid out looks wonderful and she does a great job with the step-by-step for women with natural hair.
6. Waterfall Braid + Bow & Curls
The waterfall braid is a fine hair favorite.
7. Standard French Braid
OK, I know this video is from the early ’90s, but it works!
8. Braided Flower Bun