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How to Do Braids and Twists: 12 Braid Styles to Master


Twists and braids are more than just hairstyles; they are a celebration of culture, identity, and beauty, especially for Black women. These styles have long been cherished for their ability to protect natural hair while providing a canvas for creativity and self-expression. In recent years, twists and braids have gained immense popularity not only within the Black community but also across diverse groups, becoming a mainstream fashion trend.

Despite their rising popularity, we have also shared various beautiful and creative braids and twist hairstyles. Many individuals have shared their struggles with mastering these intricate hairstyles on their own. We have taken note of your comments and reviews, and we understand that learning to braid or twist your own hair can be challenging.

That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide about Basic Braids and Twists  Easy Braid Styles. Our goal is to help you learn the fundamental techniques of braiding and twisting, empowering you to create stunning, stylish hairstyles with ease. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your skills, this guide is here to enhance your hair beauty journey with simple, yet beautiful, braid and twist styles. Let's embark on this journey together and unlock the secrets to gorgeous, protective hairstyles.

How to Do Basic Braids? Learn 6 Types for Beginners.

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Three-Strand Braid:

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Also known as a classic braid, this is the most common and simplest form where hair is divided into three equal sections and alternately crossed over each other.French braid has a more subtle and sleek look.

French Braid:

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This braid starts at the crown of the head and incorporates strands of hair gradually as you braid down, allowing the braid to be attached to the head. It's a step up from the three-strand braid but still considered a basic technique. In a French braid, hair sections are crossed over the middle section and this is specifically referred to as the "overhand" braiding technique.

Dutch Braid:

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Dutch braids, often referred to as the reverse French braid, use the "underhand" braiding technique. The Dutch braid makes the braid appear to sit on top of the hair rather than being woven into it. It involves crossing the strands under each other instead of over, creating a raised braid.

Fishtail Braid:

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This braid is created with two sections of hair instead of three. Hair strands from the outer edge of each section are crossed over to the other section, which gives a herringbone or fishtail-like appearance. It's relatively simple once you get the hang of it.

Crown Braid

This involves braiding the hair around the head. It can be done using Dutch or French braiding techniques, forming a "crown" or halo effect around the head.

Cornrow Braid

Hair is continuously added from the scalp into each braid section as you go, using the underhand technique. You need to pull and stretch the hair with a slight press while braiding. This secures the braid to lay flat against the head and creates the distinctive row pattern.

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How to Do Basic Twists? Learn 3 Types for Beginners.

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While not a braid in the traditional sense, a simple twist involves taking two sections of hair and twisting them around each other. This can be a very quick and easy alternative to braiding.

Two-Strand Twist

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This is the most basic form of twisting. The hair is divided into numerous sections depending on the desired thickness of the twists. Each section is split into two, and the strands are simply twisted around each other from root to tip.

These styles are foundational and frequently serve as the building blocks for more complex braiding techniques. They're often the first styles learned by beginners.

Flat Twist

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Similar to a cornrow but using two strands twisted together. The hair is divided into sections along the scalp, and as you twist, new hair is added to each section, continuing until all hair is incorporated into the twists, lying flat against the scalp.

Rope Twist


This technique starts with creating a two-strand twist, but each individual section is twisted on its own before being twisted together. This creates a more durable and defined twist.

How to Parting  for Braids and Twists?

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The main parting methods for braids play a crucial role in determining the overall look and style of the braid. Here are some of the most commonly used parting methods:

Horizontal Parting

Description: Hair is parted horizontally across the head, creating rows.

Use: Commonly used for cornrows and other styles that follow the contour of the head.

Vertical Parting/Straight Back Parting

Description: Hair is parted vertically, creating columns.

Use: Often used in conjunction with other parting methods to create various styles.

Diagonal Parting

Description: Hair is parted diagonally, which can either be from one corner of the forehead to the opposite nape or in smaller diagonal sections across the head.

Visual Effect: Creates an angled look that can add volume and a sense of movement to the braids.

Zigzag Parting

Description: Parts are created in a zigzag pattern across the scalp. This method is often chosen for its playful and less formal look.

Visual Effect: Adds a whimsical and casual flair to braids, making the roots less noticeable as they grow out.

Box Parting/Brick Lay Parting

Description: This involves parting the hair into square sections. It's a classic and widely used method for styles like box braids and twists.

Visual Effect: Creates a uniform, grid-like appearance on the scalp.

Triangle Parting

Description: Hair is sectioned into triangular shapes. This is a popular choice for adding a unique and stylish twist to standard braiding patterns.

Visual Effect: Offers a more dynamic and eye-catching layout compared to box parts.

Curved Parting

Description: Parts are curved, following the natural curvature of the head. This method is often used for styles like halo braids or when creating a more organic, flowing hairstyle.

Visual Effect: Produces a softer and more natural look, allowing braids to flow smoothly around the head.

Free-designed parting

Description: Parts are made without a specific pattern or symmetry, often used for more natural or bohemian styles.

Visual Effect: Results in a more casual and less structured appearance, giving the style a laid-back feel.

Easy Braid and Twist Hairstyles to Create by Yourself

Mini Two Strands Twist With Hair Extensions(5 Easy Styles)

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How To Twist with Extensions

And we've also shared a previous blog showing how to DIY twist locs with clip in hair extensions,check here if you are interestested.

Straight Back Feed-in Cornrow Braids With Hair Extensions

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Zigzag Braided Low Buns With Clip-in Hair extensions


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Boho braids

Half Stitch Braid Half Clip-ins


The clip-in hair extensions used in the video below is CURLSQUEEN  3b/3c water kinky curly clip-ins, 22 inches long.

Straight Back Twisted High Ponytail


Two Strand Flat Twists Pigtail Buns

Twisted Updo

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Two Flat Twists Pigtails

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