Braids are among the go-to hairstyles of long-haired women. These ‘dos are also perfect when the day is hotter and more humid as usual. If you’ve been wearing your hair in a basic three-strand braid for so long, maybe it’s time for you to level up. Why don’t you try pipe braids? This hairstyle looks similar to a Dutch braid, but involves some loops and knots. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you every step of the way so you can create this hairstyle in no time. Ready to make pipe braids? Here’s how.
9 Steps in creating pipe braids
Whatever hairstyle you’re about to create, it’s best to start with soft, smooth, and manageable hair. Get this by washing your hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo. It helps control frizz and makes hair easy to style. If you have salon-treated hair, this shampoo is your best bet.
Clip one section of your hair afterwards so it stays in place as you work on the other one.
Create a loop and a knot
Take a small section of hair near your hairline and another one below it. Then, hook the second section onto the main section by forming a loop, wrapping the second section on the first, and inserting the second section onto the loop.
After that, grab both ends and tighen to form a knot. Set aside the top tail by clipping it on the other side of your head.
Make another loop and knot
Take a new section beside the tail of the knot that has been left. Again, create a loop, wrap the knot tail around the new section, then insert the tail into the loop. Tighten the knot, switch the knot tails, and clip the top tail on the other side of your head.
Unclip and repeat
Remove the first knot tail that you clipped on the other side of your head. Put it back to the side that you are working on and create another loop-and-knot combo. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you reach neck level.
Now that you’re done with one side, it’s time to create pipe braids on the side of your hair. Again, your hairstyle doesn’t need to be perfect.
Jazz it up
Loop a cord or a slim ribbon into your pipe braids to make it more interesting. Work on the right side first, starting from your hairline and working your way up to the elastic. Then, cross the cord over to the left side and loop it from the bottom up to the top. Then, cut the cord or ribbon and tuck the end into your hair.
Look chic and pretty
With pipe braids, ever strand of your hair will stay in place. This hairstyle is perfect when you’re attending a party outdoors, or when you’re spending a day at the park or playground with your nieces and nephews. You can also style your hair this way when you’re going sightseeing in your city or elsewhere.
What can you say about pipe braids? A bit challenging to do, yes, but the effort is super worth it. All you need to do is practice until you master this hairstyle. Soon, you’ll be creating pipe braids like a pro.
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