Braiding Instructions

Braid Examples





A lace (in this case, a lace across the top) is similar to a french braid, except that you only add new sections of hair to one side of the braid.

Terms to Know:

To cut out wordiness, I have decided to name the webbed area between the fingers. 

  • Slot 1 is between the thumb and index fingers.
  • Slot 2 is between the index and middle fingers.
  • Slot 3 is between the middle and ring fingers.
  • Slot 4 is between the ring and little fingers.

Right and left hands will be denoted by a capital R or L after the slot number.  For example, 1R is between the thumb and index finger of the right hand.


  1. Part the hair from the front of the crown to the top of the ear.  Start the part a little farther forward than it looks like I'm doing.
  1. Clip off the hair to keep it separated, either the front or the back part.
  2. Part the same way on the other side, creating a part the runs all the way across the head in a straight line.
  1. Clip the entire back section of hair together and free the front half if it was clipped.
  2. Brush the loose hair over the head towards you.
  3. Collect a section of hair at the side of the head farthest from you, and divide it into three strands.
  4. Braid right over middle, left over middle.
  1. Put all three strands in your left hand, with the far left in 1L, middle in 2L and far right in either 3 or 4L.
  2. Gather another section of hair, running all the way from the front of the head to the part, and add it to the strand in 3/4L.
  3. Braid right over middle while pulling the braid gently over the part.  This won't have a noticeable effect at first.
  1. Braid left over middle without adding a section of hair, but still pulling the braid gently over the part.
  2. Continue to add sections on the right but not on the left, gently pulling the braid over the part.
  3. Continue the braid as a simple 3-strand once you have run out of hair to add to the braid.
  4. Tie off the end of the braid.
Here's a view of the lace across from the side . . .
. . . and from the back.


Want to see some examples of lace braids in use?



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