A plait is a hairstyle that most women shy away from, but it really does have its own advantages. Read your way through this article for instructions on plaiting hair.

How To Plait Hair

Plaiting hair or plaits have always been associated with school going girls. However, the plait is an extremely versatile hairstyle and if styled properly can be carried off well by college going girls and even working women. For women, deciding on a decent and convenient hairstyle has always been an issue. The choices are almost endless. This is when the traditional and classic ‘plait’ comes to the rescue. Tying a plait together may take a considerable amount of time, but once tied together can prove to be a big boon. This is because a plait is a no-fuss hairstyle. Once your hair is plaited, you don’t really need to worry about your hair turning into a mess in the wind or worry over dealing with a bad hair day. It’s all about making the right choice.  
Step-By-Step Instructions On Plaiting Hair
Simple Plait
  • Start off by dividing hair into three equal sections, after combing it out, of course.
  • Reach out for the section on the left and bring it over the middle section. Then reach out for the section on the right and take it over the middle section, in a crisscross manner.
  • You should tie both the right and the left section over the middle one. Tie the strands of hair firmly into place.
  • Repeat this step until you reach the end of the hair. Proceed to finish off the plait with a rubber band tied tightly around the end of the hair. 
French Plait
  • Comb out hair and remove knots and tangles. This is crucial to the ‘success’ of a French plait.
  • Begin from the top and divide the hair into six to seven layers.
  • You’ve to be both careful and skilful now. Between your index finger and thumb, grip strands of hair from the top layer of the head. After doing so, divide these strands of hair into three sections. The sections should be almost if not equal in size.
  • Pull the right section over the middle and follow it up by pulling the left over the same. Repeat this step until the top layer is completely plaited.
  • Now go on to the second layer. This step too requires concentration and skill. Begin working on the strands of hair on the left side of the second layer and pull it over to the left of the side of the first layer. You should be looking at reaching the middle of what will become your French plait.  
  • Move to the right hand side of the second layer and pull the strands of hair over to the right of the first layer. You simply have to repeat what you did in the left side of the second layer in the right side of the same.
  • Repeat these steps until all the layers of hair have been pulled to the middle. Finish off the plait by tying together the end of the hair with a rubber or elastic band.

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