Saturday, June 28, 2014

The New Braiding Handbook Review

When I learned about The New Braiding Handbook: 60 Modern Twists on the Classic Hairstyles, I was pretty excited to get my hands on it. My daughter Penelope has long straight hair and I have always wanted to learn how to create those beautiful braids and twists I see on other little girls hair. I have not had long hair since I was about eight so I never really learned how to create anything beyond a simple braid. The New Braiding Handbook features step by step photos and easy to follow instructions to help you achieve some gorgeous hairstyles like Fishtail Bun, Twisted Bohemian Updo, French Braided Pompadour, Celtic Knot, Topsy Tail High Bun and so much more. One of my favorites in the book is the Waterfall Braid featured on the cover.

Here is another look, how pretty is this? Now I wish I had long hair! Here is step by step instructions on how to create this lovely look.

Waterfall Braid

Basic steps: Braid, transfer left and middle sections into your top hand, and drop the bottom piece. Replace the bottom piece with a new section. Braid the new bottom piece over the middle and repeat.

1. Start with a simple three-strand braid near your part: bottom section over middle and top section over middle.

2. Transfer the top and middle sections into your top hand and let that bottom section fall.

3. Next to the section you just dropped and right under the two sections you’re holding in your top hand, gather a brand new section to braid with. Look at my bottom hand, that is a brand new section. We simply dropped the original and are gathering a new bottom section to use.

4. Gather all three sections in your top hand, braid the new bottom section over the middle, and then transfer all three sections into your bottom hand with the top section in between your index finger and thumb.

5. Start adding in new hair
up top like you would a regular French Braid. Add hair to that top section. Braid it over the middle and transfer the left and middle sections into your top hand.

6. Drop that bottom piece.

7. Add in a new section of hair to replace the dropped bottom piece.

8. Repeat steps 5–7.

9. Once you’ve wrapped the braid around your crown, you can either secure it by sliding in a bobby pin or braiding it down and securing it with a clear elastic band.
Of course when you purchase the book you will also get step by step photos to go along with these instructions as well as tips to help you achieve your new do. I attempted to create several hairstyles on my daughters hair but alas she is 6 years old, fidgety and probably has the most sensitive scalp around. She insisted that I was hurting hair and taking way too long. I managed to finish a couple of the easier styles on her hair, albeit messy and not picture worthy  but I am hoping we can get some hairstyles down for the coming new school year. Who knows I may even decide to let my hair grow out.
You can purchase The New Braiding Handbook on amazon.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

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