Tips to Get a Smooth and Nice Looking Hair Plait
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plait your hair.
Comb the dry hair smooth before starting. Plaiting wet hair damages the hair, and makes it harder to get it to lay smooth. The fact that it sticks together so that there are fewer wispies also makes it more difficult to separate and fold neatly in different directions.
Pull the hair gently snug as you plait.
Fold over the strands as high on the plait as possible (while still staying at the crossing point).
Hold the hair close to the most recent cross-over to keep the folds in place.
Choose your sections of hair. If you part a section to add to the strand and it’s too big or too small – re-part the hair for a smaller/bigger section.
Remember that you are not racing against the clock, and there is nothing you can’t redo if you don’t like it.
Make sure the hair – strands and new sections alike – are completely separated before crossing over. If hair is long enough, it will plait itself together at the bottom. Simply comb out the tangle or plait with your hand every few times you cross over, or as necessary.
Comb the hair with your hand as you go. If you see hair bunching up in places, simply hold the whole plait in one hand while you comb the loose hair with the other.
Use hair gel, if you like. I use clear hair gel with aloe vera. It has the wonderful property of making rough hair easier to work with and smooth hair easier to hold onto – while keeping down wispies!
Never fight the plait. The plait will win. If you’re getting frustrated, go away, have fun, and try again later. You cannot make hair do what you want if you’re trying to dominate it.
Remember Do NOT have to pull hair tight to make a tight-looking plait. Pulling the hair tight will not improve the look of the braid. It will damage the hair, give the wearer a headache, and possibly turn them off to plaiting forever.