Introduction: Welcome to Braids
Welcome to the world of braids, the craft project you carry around with you on your head! This class focuses on learning to braid your own hair and introduces the basic techniques and then more complex styles through step-by-step instructions, photos, and videos. You don't have to have super long hair to rock braids! Many of the included styles can be achieved or modified to work with hair that is chin length or longer. All the lessons in this class are taught in the first person, but are also easy to understand if you're braiding someone else's hair.
Step 1: Braids You'll Learn
If you follow the lessons in order, this class will build up your braid skills, muscle memory, patience, and arm strength gradually, adding on new skills to what you've learned along the way. However if you can already do basic three strand french braids, you have my endorsement to jump around the lessons a bit. The complete styles later in the class vary in difficulty and what comes naturally to one person may be super frustrating for another-- practice makes perfect!
Early on, you'll practice with small braids that are easy to see and hold, then level up to braiding all (or most) of your hair at once.
French and Dutch braids are your next challenge, which require small bits of hair be added with each stitch.
Then you'll use your new skills to make Dutch pigtails and a crown braid.
Next up are three more complex styles involving small sections of hair: the waterfall, fishtail, and stacked braids.
Your cool down is a rope twist-- a nice easy style that, while not technically a braid, feels just as magical.
Step 2: Why Should You Take This Class?
This class is covers all the fundamentals with detailed photos and videos and a consistent voice. In addition to a few decades of braiding my own hair, I've also authored hundreds of tutorials on a wide variety of fiber-based topics, and seen wild success in my students. I've crafted a lesson plan with the absolute beginner in mind, and I look forward to answering any questions you have along the way. After taking this class, you'll be confidently able to take on any braided hairstyle.
Step 3: Meet Your Instructor
Hi, I'm Becky Stern! I've been wearing my hair in braids longer than I can remember. (Thanks, Mom!) From family camping trips to Pippi Longstocking Halloween costumes (yes, more than one), I've always loved rocking braided hairstyles.
I believe that braiding your own hair can be a great creative outlet! Not only are braids extremely practical for securing your hair during physical & outdoor activities, but you can use braids to express your personal style for any occasion, dressed up or down. I've even used braids to make new friends, since they are great conversation starters!
Like many crafters, I'm a hobby collector. In addition to braids, I'm also excited about knitting (the topic of my previous class), electronics, vintage motorcycles, and making videos on YouTube. I've been documenting my DIY projects and writing tutorials online for 10+ years, and before before joining Instructables, in the past I've worked at Adafruit and MAKE Magazine.
Step 4: Let's Do It!
I hope this class helps increase your self confidence by teaching you more options for styling your own hair. While it may be more difficult to learn using yourself as a model, presumably if you can achieve these styles on your own head, you'll be able to braid someone else's hair as well. Are you with me?! Cozy up with these lessons and a mirror, and let's find your new signature style. The next lesson will cover some optional supplies to help you get the most from this class.