Braiding 101 With The Experts At Salon Tru Santa Monica

I've watched a few You Tube videos, gotten a quick lesson from a friend and practiced what I thought to be right, but not until I met Kristine at Salon Tru Santa Monica did I officially learn how to make a respectable french braid.

Salon Tru, which just opened on Santa Monica and 6th in December, is warm, bright and welcoming which makes sense as it's under the helm of pro, Michael Schoenfeld, who opened the original and highly successful Salon Tru in Scottsdale over a decade ago.  He understands what customers want from quality products to first rate stylists to great customer service and knows how to deliver.

Recently, I wanted to learn the art of braiding and Michael was more than happy to indulge.  I brought my daughter Mira into the salon as my hair model and met with both Michael and Kristine, who promised I'd walk out knowing a bit more about braiding than when I walked in. Despite possessing little to no skill before, I'm pleased and even a bit surprised to report that I know A LOT more.  Enough that I can now create a french braid in the back, on the side and even do one on each side ( The "Anna" - from Frozen - as Mira calls it). I'm still working on "Around the World," but there's time.

Basic French Braid 


*note: It's easier to do on hair that's not super clean.  For fine hair, you can always use a wax or texture paste like Aveda

Step 1: Create a small section about two inches back. (First timers can also start with a half ponytail which looks great and is a little easier)

Step 2: Divide section into three

Step 3: Bring the right section over the middle and then the left over the middle

Step 4: Grab another section from hairline to braid with your pinky or index finger and combine it with the section that is closest to it.

Step 5: Bring the new section over the middle

Step 6: On the opposite side of the head, grab another section (make sure they're all about the same size), combine it with the section closest and bring it over the middle section. Be sure to relax your shoulders, keep the hair pulled downwards and pull the braid in the direction you want it to go (in this case down) to create a nice flow.

Step 7: Repeat throughout the rest of the head.


                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







   












Side French Braid


Step 1: Create a side part

Step 2: Start the braid on the fuller side

Step 3: Create a section and divide it into 3

Step 4: Take the piece on the right and bring it over the middle.  Then take the left and bring it over the middle

Step 5: Create another section, add it to the section closest to it and bring it over the middle

Step 6: To angle the braid, keep your fingers and the braid over the area you want it to go.

Step 7: When you get to the opposite ear side, remain stationary and just keep following along the head keeping hair and hands low and pulled down.

                                              

                                                        

                                                




Around The World


Step 1: Start with a deep side part

Step 2: Start the braid on the fuller side

Step 3: Create a section and divide it into 3

Step 4: Take the piece on the right and bring it over the middle.  Then take the left and bring it over the middle

Step 5: Create another section, add it to the section closest to it and bring it over the middle

Step 6: Instead of keeping hair and hands low, move upwards towards the other ear

Step 7: Fasten end with a rubber band, weave into braid and fasten with a bobby pin.  

                        

                       

                         

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