We know most everyone learns to braid about the same time they learn to tie their shoes. But that doesn’t necessarily translate into the beautiful, elegant braiding techniques that are so hot these days. Sure, you know how to braid, but does it look like one soft, sinewy rope when you’re done or is it a little more haphazard than that? There’s a good chance it’s all in your grip. Redken artist and professional hairdresser Isabella Vasquez has a suggestion: Teach your hands how to hold all three strands by practicing with three different-colored shoelaces!
braiding trick

Here’s the proper positioning:

Strand 1: Hold strand 1 (pink in the image) in the crook of your left thumb.
Strand 2: Secure strand 2 (blue) between your index and middle fingers on your left hand.
Strand 3: Place strand 3 (yellow) in crook of your right thumb.
Practice with the shoelaces, and then try it on your hair. Use a little spritz of hairspray, like our favorite Redken Control Addict 28 Extra High Hold Hairspray, to hold it all in place and you’re done!
 
What kind of braid is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!