How to Create
If you want “crunchy” waves, mix a bit hair gel with the water for a slight crunch. If you need a powerful hold you may prep each section of hair after spritzing with water with mousse, gel or even paste. Experiment to achieve different results.
For extra control across the face, crown and sides, apply a firm holding hair cream or sculpting gel. One to try: Ken Paves Healthy Hair Curl Balm.
Note: Damp tresses are required to help the waves set better. Creating braid on bone dry hair won’t create the identical results. It is also true hair with natural texture will generally have a more uniform results then stick straight strands unless numerous styling products are applied to the damp strands.
2. Plan Your Braid Pattern Before You Start
If you don’t really care about the result of your waves and are fine with random results, just grab individual chunks of hair and start braiding.
Keep in mind the smaller the braid, the tighter the waves and the larger the braid, the looser. Also, for those who do three strand braids you will have a looser wave pattern than for those who do six or eight strands or more.
3. Start With Your required Part – Or Not
It’s always best to plan your wave design before you begin braiding.
Take into consideration where or if you’d like an element. The part could be center or to either side unless you prefer no part. Should you braid all the best way from the tip of the root to the very end of the hair you should have a bigger texture than in the event you start a couple of inches from the roots with the braid.
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You might want to contemplate separating your entire head into four, six or eight sections and creating the identical sized braid pattern all around your head. This will create uniform waves. If you’d like an irregular pattern you may alternate thick and thin braids or three strand with six or more strands for an unusual wave result.
4. Whether you start with newly washed or dry hair keep a water spritzer handy.
You might find that as you braid from one side to the other your hair may dry out in some sections. Be certain the entire braids have an equal straight and silky hair dampness. It will guarantee uniform results. It’s usually best to start out at the front of the hairlines and work around your head in a circular pattern.
Have a friend aid you with the back if you are creating braid waves for a special event and want them to have a uniform look and flow.
5. Use a “hair friendly” hair tie to secure each braid.
Remember hair is most fragile when wet so be gentle with your hair and you braid. It’s always best to apply a light leave-in conditioner to your fingers to help glide through your tresses easier.
Also, if there are any snags in your fingernails or fingers make sure to remove them before using to finger pick or braid delicate tresses.
It’s possible you’ll wish to make use of Blax bands after which simply cut them off the ends whenever you undo the braids which eliminates and pulling or wear and tear on the ends. Or you could wish to use “hair friendly” elastic bands that can be easily removed from the ends.
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Note: Never, ever use rubber bands in any manner on either wet, dry or damp tresses.
6. Let braids air dry overnight or sit under a hood dryer. After you will have created the braids to your satisfaction the longer you retain them in your hair, the deeper and more defined the waves might be once you remove the braids.
You can either sleep on the braids overnight or sit under a hood dryer if you want instant results. A blow dryer can work in a pinch but the waves won’t be as deeply set and should not hold as long or consistently. By far one of the best method is to use the braids to damp hair and let the hair air-dry for at least 12 hours or more.
In the event you sleep on the braids overnight it’s possible you’ll either want to cover with a satin night cap or sleep on a satin pillow case to forestall hair from frizzing or being disturbed from the braids.
Note: If hair naturally gets frizzy you could to apply a light coating of defrisant cream to damp strands before braiding.
If you did sleep within the braids overnight and they did not dry on their very own you can finish them off in the morning with a quick blast of a blow dryer set on low/cool speed/temperature.
7. Once braids are 100% dry remove to unveil new waves. It is important Not to remove the braids until hair is completely dry. If you happen to remove the braids too early you’ll likely see wimpy results and never the deeply patterned waves which are possible with braid waves.
8. Finger pick waves into position. After you remove the braids you could first wish to spritz your entire head with a quick or firm holding hairspray for extra hold like PhytoPro Strong Finishing Spray or Ken Paves Healthy Hair Shaping Finishing Spray. Let the hairspray dry and then use your fingers to carefully pick through the brand new waves.
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In case your hair is of course curly you may play with gently twisting a few of the newly formed waves into ringlets instead of allowing them to remain as waves. Do not use a brush or comb or else there is danger of deconstructing the natural waves.
After you could have the waves to your liking finish with another blast of shine enhancing hairspray or finish with a swipe of Ken Paves Healthy Hair Shine Serum. Apply one drop of the Shine Serum to the palms of your hands, rub together after which lightly brush over the top of your gorgeous new soft waves.
Other Braid Wave Notes
Braid waves looks fantastic with a stupendous hair flower affixed to 1 side over the ear allowing the waves to softly cascade down the back of your neck.
Headbands also work fantastically with braid waves. Experiment with a variety of hair accessories to find out which looks best along with your waves.
Braid waves are a simple, hair friendly and low maintenance style which works well on hair that’s medium to very long in length in just about any texture and type of hair. It gives hair a rest from brutal hot blow dryers or hot irons and rollers and looks amazing.
Note: If you’ll like to try the Ken Paves Healthy Hair products take a look at his convenient Healthy Hair Try Me Kit which incorporates 2 oz of the daily shampoo, conditioner, shine serum and shaping hair spray. All Ken Paves Healthy Hair products are available at the HairBoutique.com Marketplace.
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