Follow the instructions below to master one of the most magnetic braids ever. This tutorial works for all hair lengths and textures. So let’s start braiding!
Step 1. To begin, you want to start with a few stitches of a regular three strand braid.
Step 2. Next, gently pull on the stitches of the braid on the outside edge to make them look big and fanned out. This technique is called “pancaking”.
Step 3. Continue these steps all the way down your braid. Make sure to braid only a few stitches and then go back and pancake as you go. If you wait to pancake you braid when you reach the end, the braid will be too tight and your pancaking will look messy and uneven.
Step 4. When you reach the end of your braid, secure it with a small elastic. It should look like this:
Step 5. Next, begin to roll your braid up into a spiral, with the pancaked side on the outside.
Step 6. Continue rolling your braid with the pancaked side facing out until you reach the head. (Having the outside edge pancaked gives a more ‘petal like’ effect to your flower!)
Step 7. Once you finish rolling up your braid, hold your flower steady and in place with one hand, and pin it down with the other. Here I am using Lala’s Updos and Pink Pewter’s magnetic bracelet to hold my bobby pins.
Step 8. Try your best to wiggle your bobby pins under the flower, only catching the bottom part of the braid. This ensures that you won’t see any bobby pins once you are done pinning.
Step 9. Next, use your favorite hairspray to set your flower in place. I love using Big Sexy Hair’s Get Layered hairspray. It sprays as a really nice, easy to control mist, which is perfect for when I don’t want to get thick globs of hairspray on my braids.
Step 10. Tweek your flower as needed, tugging on some of your ‘petals’ to even them out. And then, you are finished!
See? How easy was that? Now you can try it for yourself. You will be sure to get a lot of compliments!