Key Braiding Skill:
Adding String and Tying Off the Braid
Although the exact point at which you’ll want to add string to a braid varies with the specific situation, the technique is the same for all braid types. Chances are you’ll feel like you have ten thumbs the first time you try, but practice truly does make perfect and with frequent practice you’ll be braiding like a pro before you know it.
Fold the string in half, and lay the fold on top of the braid so that the two ends become part of adjoining sections of hair.
Continue braiding normally, holding the strings with the hair sections to which you added them.
When you reach your stopping point, separate the strings from the hair, taking care to hold the hair firmly at the base of the last braid so it does not loosen.
Holding the two strings together, pass them over the braided portion of the hair and back through the resulting loop. Pull firmly on the ends of the string to tighten the knot.
For extra security, repeat the loop and knot with each string individually. Be sure that all of the wrap knots are up against or on top of each other, with no hair visible between them. When this loop knot is pulled tight, the braid will be secure and ready for whatever next step is appropriate for the desired style of braiding.
For easy removal of the braid, insert the sharp end of the seam ripper into the knot, pointing towards the ends of the hair. Gentle pressure will sever the strings, allowing you to carefully work the braid loose with your fingers.
Author’s note: Braiding string should be as close as possible to the color of the hair being braided. Hot pink is NOT appropriate for show!