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English/French braids?

Fallen_angelsFallen_angels Posts: 8Registered Users
Hi!

Do any of you do English or French braids (or any other of the non-Nigerian/cornrow braid styles) on your hair, and if so, how easily? My 3b/c hair is about 9 inches long when stretched, and the back kind of brushes my shoulders sometimes. I figured maybe I could make a small English braid with my back hair, but every time I try it ends up looking like a mess, even though I think I'm following the online instructions (and from friends) pretty thoroughly. Now I HAVE seen a very nice-looking English braid on a lady with thick 3c hair, but her hair was much longer than mine. For hair my length, do you think it's possible to do a clean-looking braid, or is it just a problem with my hairtype and the length? Is my hair just too short to be trying anything like this?

If any of you have pics from personal experience or people with a similar hairtype with such a braid too, I'd appreciate them.

Thanks!

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  • vivasmomvivasmom Posts: 312Registered Users
    I do dutch braids on 3c hair
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  • NatakueNatakue Posts: 319Registered Users
    whoa, i didn't realize there were braid nationalities! :lol: can someone please post pics so i know what these european braids look like? :D
  • vivasmomvivasmom Posts: 312Registered Users
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  • *Ani**Ani* Posts: 351Registered Users
    Natakue wrote:
    whoa, i didn't realize there were braid nationalities! :lol: can someone please post pics so i know what these european braids look like? :D

    Interestingly enough, the French call what we call "french braids", "nattes africaines" or African braids.
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  • NatakueNatakue Posts: 319Registered Users
    ooh, great pics vivasmom! i can't figure out how some of them are done, they look so fancy!
  • CurlilocsCurlilocs Posts: 821Registered Users
    vivasmom wrote:

    Wow! My Grandma used to do my hair like the pic on the right in the 1st link. She called it under-braiding.
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  • LipGlassHoneyLipGlassHoney Posts: 230Registered Users
    Curlilocs wrote:
    vivasmom wrote:

    Wow! My Grandma used to do my hair like the pic on the right in the 1st link. She called it under-braiding.

    Mine too! I didn't know it had another name!!!
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  • vivasmomvivasmom Posts: 312Registered Users
    That's the only way I know how to braid, what you guys call underbraiding. BTW I bought that lady's book, the author of the links, and her DVD, but I still suck at braiding. She make a point of mentioning on her site that she specializes in braiding caucasian hair. I went back and forth with her a bit via e-mail on this, but she's harmless, not the potentially scary hair-racist that I initially suspected. She just says that she doesn't do super curly hair.
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  • Fallen_angelsFallen_angels Posts: 8Registered Users
    Thanks for the info and pics, guys. My problem was related to what braiders like that say about not doing super-curly hair, and my own experiences with trying it. But it's good to know you guys have done them before. Thanks again!
  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    vivasmom wrote:
    She make a point of mentioning on her site that she specializes in braiding caucasian hair. I went back and forth with her a bit via e-mail on this, but she's harmless, not the potentially scary hair-racist that I initially suspected. She just says that she doesn't do super curly hair.

    Did she say why, exactly? Isn't hair easier to braid the curlier it is? In my experience braiding on straight/loosely curled hair is the hardest, largely due to slippage and the fact that curlier hair usually holds braids better. I think this is why the cultures with the longest history of braiding tend to include a lot of curlyheads; it just tends to suit this this hair best.
  • vivasmomvivasmom Posts: 312Registered Users
    she on the renaissance fair circuit, that is where she braids. So she almost exclusively braids straight silky hair and does not feel like she can call herself an expert in braiding other hair textures. Those braided styles are meant to last for a day or MAYBE two, whereas I think people who braid curlier hair textures expect the styles to last longer in the hair. My daughter has very fine 3c curls and her hair looks great in cornrows for at the most 2 days before it gets "fuzzy" looking. Less fine textures can last upwards of 6 weeks before looking fuzzy.
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  • jazzijenni81jazzijenni81 Posts: 529Registered Users
    it takes alot of practice to become a great braider! i think it may be more effective to use african american guides in learning how to braid your baby's hair. hair textures like hers arent as simple to manipulate as cornsilk textures. there are countless books/videos available that walk you through the steps of braiding afro textured hair. that way, you can expand her styles, and get alot more time out of them! 8)

    ITA w jeamaria!

    i never knew there were european styles of braids. whenever i think of "braid," i get images of africa. learn something new everday 8)
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  • *Ani**Ani* Posts: 351Registered Users

    i never knew there were european styles of braids. whenever i think of "braid," i get images of africa. learn something new everday 8)

    I know at least in France, they call their style of braiding African braids (because that's where it originated) even though we in America call them "french braids"....

    I imagine the same is probably true of so-called Dutch braids.
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