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In this introductory class I'll teach you the basics of braiding your own hair, and so much more. You'll learn fun and easy styles for every occasion, even if your hair is on the shorter side! Nine braids in the class will build your skills over time, adding new techniques along the way.

You'll start with small braids in simple styles to learn the basics then build up your arm muscles and take on Dutch pigtails, fishtail and waterfall braids, just to name a few. At the end of this class you'll be ready to tackle all kinds of braided styles, and maybe even invent a few of your own!

We'll also cover a few hair styling tips, like how to deal with stray hairs, and the types of products to use to get the style you want.

This class will help you gain the confidence to seek out and replicate a wide variety of braided hairstyles. I hope you'll join the fun!

About the Teacher

Becky Stern has loved to wear her hair in braids since she was a child. She grew up to be a content creator at Instructables and has authored hundreds of tutorials with fiber-based subjects like knitting, sewing, embroidery, and felting. She lives in New York City and enjoys riding her motorcycle, making YouTube videos, and collecting new hobbies.

Her work has been featured by VICE, the BBC, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Engadget, CNN, Business Insider, Forbes, and Science Friday.


Lesson 1: Welcome to Braids

Let's review what braids you'll learn and what you'll need to get started. Here you'll also find links to suggested tools and hair products!

Lesson 2: Supplies for Braids

To get started all you need is hair, a mirror, and two hands, but these supplies will help you get the most from your braided hairstyles.

Lesson 3: Your First Braid

Here we go! In this lesson, you'll learn the basics of braiding and put in some practice. If you know how to do a basic braid already, you should still review this quick lesson.

Lesson 4: Two Small Braids

Now that you've got the basics, let's work some small braids into a basic hairstyle!

Lesson 5: Single Braid Half Updo

Let's work out those arms! It's time to start braiding at the back of your head. This lesson will strengthen your coordination and spatial relationship skills needed to create ornate updos.

Lesson 6: Crossing Over Vs. Crossing Under

This lesson introduces the technique for crossing strands under one another to create an "inside out" braid. You'll need to understand both to proceed into French and Dutch styles.

Lesson 7: Introducing French Braids

Unlock the key to all complex braided styles: adding bits of hair at a time! When combined with a crossing-over braid, you've got the ingredients for a French braid.

Lesson 8: Dutch Pigtail Braids

Dutch pigtail braids have a lot of wow-factor even though they are quick and easy to create. This lesson guides you through creating and refining technique for two symmetrical Dutch braids.

Lesson 9: Crown Braid

Another take on the Dutch braid! This more challenging style creates a single braid that wraps around your whole head.

Lesson 10: Waterfall Braid

This lesson teaches you how to achieve this ornate half-up style, created by freeing and replacing sections of a crossing-over braid as it cascades across your head.

Lesson 11: Fishtail Braids

The fishtail braid is a bit different because it uses two strands instead of three. You'll learn the technique for sectioning and crossing very small pieces of hair, then level it up into a complete style.

Lesson 12: Stacked Braid

Braid bonanza! Double your braids, double your fun. You should have a solid understanding of the basics before attempting this advanced style. Once you've completed this style, you are a master of braids.

Lesson 13: Bonus: Rope Twist

Named for it's appearance and technique, the rope braid is not actually a braid; it's a series of twists. It's great on its own or can be combined with other braids for a really unique style.

Lesson 14: In Conclusion & Going Further

The braid world is now your oyster! This lesson contains some suggestions for what to try next.