Braiding Instructions

Braid Examples





The herringbone is one of the simplest braids on the planet to do, but one of the harder ones to make look good.


  1. Gather a section of hair where you want the braid to start.
  2. Insert your left index finger through the strand, bottom to top, separating the section into two strands.  Use your right hand to finish separating the two strands.
  1. Gather a small section of hair from the right side of the head.
  2. Move the section over your index finger and combine it with the left hand strand (between your thumb and index finger.)
  1. Transfer both strands to your right hand.
  2. Gather a small section of hair from the left side of the head.
  3. Move the section over your index finger and combine it with the right-hand strand (between your thumb and index finger.)
  4. Transfer the strands back into your left hand.
  1. Repeat 3-8 until there is no more hair to add.
  2. Take the right strand in your right hand and the left strand in your left hand.

Note: For the sake of clarity, we'll say that the last section of hair gathered was from the left crossing over to the right.

  1. Insert your right index finger, palm up, through the back portion of the right strand, separating off a small section.

  1. Turn your right hand palm down and add the separated section to the strand in your left hand. (Return your right hand to palm-up position.)
  2. Use your left index finger to separate a small section from the back of the left strand.
  3. Turn your left hand palm down and add the section to the right-hand strand. (Turn hand palm-up again.)
  1. Repeat steps 11-14 to end of braid.
  2. Tie off with hair fastener.


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