Part your hair in half, straight down the middle and bring each side up front over your shoulder.
Keeping your hands below your ear, near your shoulder, take a small portion of hair at the front as you normally would to make a side braid. Remember that you are keeping your hands low though... not up close to the scalp.
Cross outer strand over middle, then inner stand over middle. Just like a regular braid.
Now.. add a small portion of hair from the outside to the outside strand and cross over the middle.
You will NOT be adding another section of hair to the inner strand, just cross that over the middle next.
Keeping your hands low you will repeat those two steps. Adding hair to only the outer strand, and then crossing that over the middle, then the inside strand over the middle. Do this while continuing to keep your hands in the mid to lower length of your hair until you've run out of hair on your side. Secure the end. If you look at the hair, what you will have is a braid running down the perimeter of your hair. It will look interesting, but not amazing.
Braid both sides of your hair this way.
Pick up the braided area and flip it back over your scalp area... like if you were brushing the sides of your hair back.
You will lay the braid down the center part and secure with pins, butterfly clips, or mini claws.
You can secure one side, and the when you bring the other up, you might want to use the same pin to bring them together to secure. In this last photo, the braid is secured with only one mini claw at the top of the braid. You can use bobby pins to make it an invisible seam, or use butterflies down the seam for decorations. You could also use those flowers on wire ends down the center to cover up any bobby pins that hold it together. If you keep the braided area close, it looks like a wide braid. I left it open here so you can just see how it works.
This is my niece pictured here. She was my hair model. I didn't think I could get the right angles if I tried this on myself to show you. Plus... her hair is straighter than mine on the underneath, and it shows off this style better. Her hair is just above waist length.
For shorter lengths, just remember that you don't have to bring the top part of the braid all the way up to the hair part line. You can angle it back like a side braid, and let them come together at a lower point. It's a beautiful style and all it takes is a little practice to find a way that works best on you!
17/34.75/35+ Type 2CMii (3B underneath layer) Somewhat fine, slightly wavy (with curls on the underneath layer), light brown with gold and red highlights. To see more pictures, click on the gallery collection link found here:
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Nature's Gate Conditioners (As well as Forest Pure, another brand made by the makers of Nature's Gate)
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