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Old 08-05-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
 
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I've been looking at all these pictures of amazing braids and twists and I don't see anything holding the ends together. When I put a braid (or multiple braids) in my hair, it will fall apart if I don't tightly elastic the bottom. How do you do it?
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
 
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I've been looking at all these pictures of amazing braids and twists and I don't see anything holding the ends together. When I put a braid (or multiple braids) in my hair, it will fall apart if I don't tightly elastic the bottom. How do you do it?
I do the following:

at the end of my braid, I sorta "shuffle" the ends together (moving mini-sections from the right to the left, sorta braided together) and then I curl the end around my fingertip. When I pull my finger (hehe) out, it stays in a little curl.
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I've been looking at all these pictures of amazing braids and twists and I don't see anything holding the ends together. When I put a braid (or multiple braids) in my hair, it will fall apart if I don't tightly elastic the bottom. How do you do it?
I do the following:

at the end of my braid, I sorta "shuffle" the ends together (moving mini-sections from the right to the left, sorta braided together) and then I curl the end around my fingertip. When I pull my finger (hehe) out, it stays in a little curl.
Do you have layers? My layers make my braid(s) have funky little stick-out pieces that I don't know what to do with.

Also, how much unbraided area do leave at the bottom?

I wonder if this has something to do with coarseness. My hair is fine and "slippery." Hmm. Thoughts?
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I've been looking at all these pictures of amazing braids and twists and I don't see anything holding the ends together. When I put a braid (or multiple braids) in my hair, it will fall apart if I don't tightly elastic the bottom. How do you do it?
I do the following:

at the end of my braid, I sorta "shuffle" the ends together (moving mini-sections from the right to the left, sorta braided together) and then I curl the end around my fingertip. When I pull my finger (hehe) out, it stays in a little curl.
Do you have layers? My layers make my braid(s) have funky little stick-out pieces that I don't know what to do with.

Also, how much unbraided area do leave at the bottom?

I wonder if this has something to do with coarseness. My hair is fine and "slippery." Hmm. Thoughts?
I don't have layers per se, but since I cut my own hair, I'm not exactly organized and straight across either. I have a sort of "hack at the spot that looks wrong" way of cutting my hair. When I have curly sections that stick out I usually try to get a little curlie q going if I can't tuck it in anywhere. I am not opposed to using extra gel to get this to work.

At the bottom of my hair I tend base it on my shortest piece. I keep that piece just long enough to mix in with the other two. I think that if I had a looser curl I would maybe leave it longer so that I could get a good complete turn or two in the ends.

I'm not sure about the coarseness but you may be right. My hair is pretty coarse and not what I could ever call "slippery" (except for in the shower and in the first moments of the LI).

I wonder what other people think.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:19 PM   #5
 
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My hair is just curly and coarse enough to do what Curlyminx is talking about. But over the course of hours it would unravel, so I use the clear ouchless binders from Goody. They practically disappear and don't harm the hair.

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Mine is not curly enough to stay in one or two braids unbound but for skinnier multiple braids (say 6 or so) it will stay in if I do it wet. Braid to the very itty bitty bottom, it unravels a little but most of it stays braided.

My hair's not slippery though, it's coarse.

And yes if you have layers you will not likely be able to get neat braids without using a product, wax works best. Though usually if you do it wet the hair just sort of dries into the right direction and doesn't poke out too bad.
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Sigh. I think this probably comes down to my own hair idiocy. I'm pretty incapable of styling in any way besides down or ponytail/bun. I will keep trying though.
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I actually use a piece of thread that matches the color of my hair.
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I actually use a piece of thread that matches the color of my hair.
A-ha!

So, the secret's out.
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Sorry being type 4, my hair just holds together on it's own. It's cool like that. It might have something to do with coarseness but also curl size. The smaller the curl the more it wants to be together naturally. Downside is more tangles, upside is styles that hold. I've got that good locing hair. Nothing it really required at the bottom of my twists, I just twist the hair in one direction to create a cute little curl. But it's not strictly neccesary. If you are a silky or looser curly perhaps a hair band or piece of twine? If you make it the same color as your has has CHF has said, it will blend and you will still get a seamless look.
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I actually use a piece of thread that matches the color of my hair.
That's a really good idea. My hair is like in between brown, blonde, and red, so none of the hair colored hair bands really blend for me. I am going the check my sewing basket when I get home.
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Sorry being type 4, my hair just holds together on it's own. It's cool like that. It might have something to do with coarseness but also curl size. The smaller the curl the more it wants to be together naturally. Downside is more tangles, upside is styles that hold. I've got that good locing hair. Nothing it really required at the bottom of my twists, I just twist the hair in one direction to create a cute little curl. But it's not strictly neccesary. If you are a silky or looser curly perhaps a hair band or piece of twine? If you make it the same color as your has has CHF has said, it will blend and you will still get a seamless look.
Hmmm, I was hoping the type 4 curlies had some kind of secret they just weren't sharing! I guess it just comes down to natural texture. Our hair's going to do what it's going to do. Thanks for chiming in
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