Types of Hair Braids

The words 'braid' and 'plait' are basically convertible, although more tangled weaves are generally acknowledged as braids. There are several types of hair braids worn by worldwide women and men. A few, most popular hair braids includes: 

Biker's Braid

Not actually a hair braid in fact, a biker's braid is a ponytail tied at intervals down the length with several hair elastics. The hair braid is termed so as it is beneficial for motorcyclists, seeking little time or expertise to obtain while protecting hair from whipping around in the wind.

Crown Braids

Mesmerizing but tough to obtain solo-crown braids are intertwined around the head French-braid style, unlike Heidi braids, which are clasp around the head and pinned. Princess Leia portrayed a crown braid in The Empire Strikes Back; along with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, consolidating the symbol of strength and royalty the hairstyle conveys.

Dutch Braid

A Dutch braid is a reverse French braid. It is done by transforming the left-over-middle, right-over middle process into a left-under-middle, right-under-middle methodology. Intertwining the strands under instead of over generates a hair braid which stands away from the head, giving an 'embossed' look. Novices to hair braiding often end up with discovering that they have made a French braid in mistake for a Dutch braid or vice versa.

English Braid

This is the primary hair braid, the simple three-strand plait. Beginning at the nape of the neck, this braid is made with a simple right-over-middle, left-over-middle action and tied at the bottom with a hair band.

French Braid

A French braid is made following the same process as an English braid; nevertheless, instead of beginning at the nape of the neck, it begins from the hairline at the forehead and runs down the back of the head, tangling strands from either side of the head and intertwining them into a single braid so that all the hair is tied and secured.

Heidi Braid

Heidi or Swiss braids has recently gained momentum on the catwalk, are created by crossing two braids at the nape of the neck, pulling them up around the head and pinning to create a kind of crown. A variation for those having short hair pulls the braids straight up and traverse them over the top of the head.

Herringbone Braid

Displayed by bikers and Legolas alike, herringbone braids are acknowledged somewhat masculine. They are practically two-strand braids, created by carrying tiny sections from one half of the hair to the other. Herringbones takes whole lot of time to braid and unbraid, but remain neat for a considerable amount of period and do not require to be secured at the end. An untied herringbone braid often waves out at the bottom like a fishes' tail—in fact, 'fishtail' is yet another term for this kind of braid.

Lace Braids

Also flaunted in some scenes of LOTRby Legolas, a lace braid is just similar to a French braid, but collects extra hair only from one side of head as it runs down the head.

Multi-Strand Braids

There is, de facto, no limit to the number of strands which can be intertwined into a flat mass of hair. Generally 5 and 7 strand braids are witnessed and 9 strand braids are a triumph of panache generally exhibited only by Renaissance Faire professional expert braiders. The more strands a braid manifest, the tougher it is to sustain its neatness with a mere ten fingers, and the wider and shorter the hair braid will be.

Rope Braid

Rope braids, which can be formed facilitating two or three strands, are basically are created by twisting the hair instead of weaving it. Rope braids are not actual braids in that they must be tied at the bottom with hair elastic to inhibit them from untwisting.

Square 4-Strand Braid

This exclusive hair braid does not have manifest any front and back, but appears the same from all sides, offering the braid a rope-like layout. It is formed with four strands, intertwined in a pattern of right-under-two-back-over-one, left-under-two-back-over-one.

Braids’ Structural Arrangement

Accent Braids

Any small hair braids adding to the complete expertise and look of a hairstyle, whether braided or unbraided, are termed as accent braids.

Cascade Braids

In cascade type of hair braids half back of the hair is left open (generally all the hair from the ears down to the nape of the neck). Single, awesome, traditional and even crown braids can be made cascade-style, to give a waving, feminine look.

Classic Braids

Any two similar hair braids manifested by one on any side of the head are termed as classic braids. This classic hair braid appearance is often acknowledged as childish or schoolgirlish, nonetheless if the braids are wrapped up together into a flat bun they can appear to be very elegant and delicate.

Combination Braids

Any hair braid which appears to be another is a combination braid. Generally, a combination braid is created by two classic hair braids combining at the nape of the neck to transform it into a single braid, of the same or a different style.