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Im really excited about the S Braid right now, it's a simple braid that's really eye catching and perfect for the summer months when clients want to control hair and/or create beachy waves. It's a dual-purpose braid because it's great for visual character (think hippie couture) and it can also be used as a set for natural organic texture. When I learned braiding back in the 80s, I remembered how we used to use different colored gimp to weave key chains and friendship bracelets at summer camp, so I tied three different colored ropes to a chair to practice and establish my braiding rhythm. Consistent rhythm is the key to successful braiding. If you have a mannequin, you could also clip three strands of colored string to the crown of the head and practice braiding around and down the head. If you loose your rhythm you loose the visual flow of the braid - the pattern wont be consistent. Remember, when working towards the inside, your braid will sit underneath and when working towards the outside, your braid will sit on top. I like the S Braid to be underneath, so I work it towards the inside. A lot of people are taking sections by the front temple areas, braiding them and then pulling hair across the back of the occipital and gripping. The S Braid Pick Up can also be used to create more intricate looks. Heres how to do it:
S Braid Pick Up
This technique works best on one length hair, if youre working with layered hair, use Redken hardwear 16 super strong gel to keep the layers compact and controlled. Have fun with this and take the time to teach your clients how to do it too! Show them how they can customize the look by curling the ends, securing the back into a ponytail or coil the options are endless.
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