Braids are in, and that’s bad news for women who have to wear hairstyles for thin hair. Tight braids put pressure on the follicles and cause further problems with thinning hair. Women who have volume problems have an easy, stylish solution: loose braids. It’s a twist on the trend, and it looks great with fine, thin hair.
Loose braid hairstyles
For thin hair, styling can be a nightmare. Curls and waves tend to fall out, but straight hair tends to lay flat and limp. You try to find a happy styling medium, but the truth is all that blow-drying and iron-using might only make thinning hair problems worse. Heat is bad for hair, whether it’s thick and rich or fine and thin. Loose braid hairstyles for thin hair are an easy option. They don’t require heat or even a lot of product, and they’re a stylish style solution.
- Side braid. Part your hair as usual and pull it all to one shoulder. Separate the hair into three sections and begin to braid. Start the braid low instead of right up against the scalp; you want to begin just above or right at the top of the shoulder. Braid loosely all the way down and secure the end with a ribbon or hair tie. Gently pull the sides of the braid with your fingers, moving all the way up, to make it look even thicker and looser. Re-adjust the hair tie at the bottom as needed. A little light hairspray, and you’re ready to go.
- Up-low braid. Get the hair off your neck with a braid near the nape of the neck. Part your hair on either side of your head, then gather it together in your hand at the nape of your neck to drape over your shoulder. Move to the other side of your head, at the base of your skull, and grab three 1-inch or 2-inch sections of hair. Begin to braid loosely close to the hairline, grabbing new sections of hair as you progress across the back of your head. As you braid, blend new section of hair into the old so that you are never working with more than 4 sections of hair at a time. Braid all the way across the back of the head, then complete the braid down the length of hair that remains hanging over the shoulder. This hanging part of the braid can be secured at the end and left to drape, or it can be picked up and fastened across the top of the head to meet the beginning of the braid on the other side.
- Halfway braid. Instead of braiding all your hair, try a double loose braid to sweep hair away from your face. Part your hair in the center and grab equal sections from either side, next to the face. Twine this into two braids, then join them together across the back of your head. It’s a classic look and a very easy style to create.
Don’t be afraid to decorate your loose braids, especially if you want to glam up your look a little for an important event. Add ribbon while you’re braiding to include a bold line of color, secure flowers into grooves in the braid with bobby pins, or even add some pins with sparkly decorations at the end. Loose braids work well with medium and long hairstyles for thin hair, but short braids can easily be added to more close-cut styles as well.
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