chain link braids

This open weave pattern offers a dramatically different feel and texture from more common braids like the fishtail and French braid. Because it relies on the use of negative space, it’s best for surface designs and is a great choice for fine and thin hair. The technique is surprisingly easy. Click the notes for step-by-step instructions.

Step: Section out a strip of hair 1” thick and 2” wide. Mist lightly with healing oil for shine and manageability and comb. Divide in half.

Step: Cross left strand over right about 1” from scalp and fold ends of right strand up and through the space between the strands. Do not pull tight.

Step: Move fingers down another 1”. This time, cross right strand over left and fold the left strand up and through. Repeat, alternating between left and right until ends are reached.

Step: Fold ends over each other to make a loop and secure with bobby pins. Repeat on as many strands as desired then arrange braids over remaining hair.

 

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.

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