- Hi, it's Marquetta Breslin
and today we are gonna get
right into learning how to do box braids.
Box braids are very beautiful
and they're very
actually the technique is very similar to micro braids.
The only difference is the type of hair that you use
and in most cases the size.
Now with box braids,
you can do them small.
You can do them medium like mine.
You can do them large.
You can do the Janet Jackson "Poetic Justice" ones.
There's so many different sizes
that you can go with box braids
and they're really cool.
They're really awesome.
And they work for children.
They work for adults.
They work for older women.
Box braids are very versatile
and they work for everybody.
Now as far as the length,
my braids that I'm wearing go all the way down
to the bottom of my back,
which is what we're going to be doing today.
We're going to be doing them really, really long.
You don't have to do that.
You can get them shorter.
You can get them in an asymmetrical bob.
You can do whatever you want to do
when it comes to doing box braids.
So let's get right to it.
My client has had her hair shampooed
and it has been dried
and she gave herself a deep condition before coming in
and her hair feels really, really soft
and it feels really, really good.
So what I did is I went through,
she came with it twisted and I went through
and detangled her hair by,
and it wasn't tangled,
it was just twisted so I wanted to pull those twists out.
So I took her hair from the ends
and I started to comb those ends out
and I worked my way up towards the root.
That is the correct way you want to always detangle hair.
You never want to start up here at the roots
and just start pulling
because that hurts and you will pull hair out.
So you want to start detangling from the ends always
and work your way up towards the roots.
Now that I've done that
and she's all detangled
and before I move on any further,
I just want to mention also that my client is natural.
She's been natural for about five or six years.
So her texture is very, it's soft,
but it's also more kinky textured, just like mine.
And sometimes a lot of people like to say
that kinky hair is always easier to braid
than any other type of textured hair,
which I don't agree with that.
I believe hair is hair
and if you can braid you can braid anything.
You just have to practice.
So, we're going to start braiding her hair now.
So now what you always want to do
in your consultation is ask your client
if they're every gonna wear their hair down
and if they are do they like their part
in the middle or on the side.
My client is in the military,
so she's probably gonna be wearing her hair
pulled back a lot.
Well not probably, she is because I've already asked her.
So, as far as parting is concerned,
I can either keep this parting like she has it here
or I could part in the middle
or I could do different things.
Since she already has this part,
I'm just gonna leave this part
and when I start to braid her hair
she's just gonna have this nice part here
in case she decides to wear it down.
So the first thing you want to do is
if you want to start from the front,
which is what I always do
is you want to make sure to put the part in the hair
as you're going to braid.
You want to separate this top section.
I always start from the front.
Every once in a while I may start from the back,
but I just, I don't know.
It's just something I do.
I always just start from the front.
Who knows why.
Okay, so now that I have this part,
I'm going to go from the back of this part
and I'm gonna come all the way down right behind the ear.
And that's gonna determine my first section of hair
that's going to be braided.
So I'm gonna start from here.
And I'm gonna come all the way down.
Now you can use a rat tail comb if you want
or you can use a comb like this
that has the bigger teeth than normal,
with the small teeth on the side,
whatever you're more comfortable with.
A lot of times with rat tail combs,
you'll be able to get a more precise part,
but you need to use whatever is going to work best for you.
Now when I start braiding,
I may switch over and use my rat tail comb.
I don't know.
It just depends on how her hair is working with the comb.
You just wanna make sure,
also make sure that whatever you're doing
is comfortable for your client.
So I'm gonna turn her just a little bit,
so you can see where I've parted.
I've parted from the top here
and I've come all the way down just behind her ear.
This is a good section of hair to start working with.
You don't want this section up here to be too big
and you also don't want it to be too small
because this is where the hair is going to lay.
This is how the hair is gonna lay.
This section will determine that.
So now that I've done that,
I'm going to clip this hair back here out of the way.
Now, there's several different clips you can use.
You can use the traditional duck bill clips
or you can use these alligator clips
or you can use the butterfly clips.
I like to use these alligator clips
because they hold a lot of hair
and as you can see,
my client does have a lot of hair.
So now I'm gonna come to the other side with my same comb
and I'm going to pick up my parting
opposite of where the other one started.
So if the other one started here,
I'm gonna pick up right here
and continue parting all the way down.
The same way I did on the other side.
Now with box braids,
you want to be sure that,
the most important thing is
making sure your parts are consistent
and the amount of hair that you pick up is consistent.
And that's I think in my experience
that's the hardest thing for people to grasp
is how to stay consistent with your parts
and with the amount of hair that you're grabbing
to put into the braid.
And to be honest with you,
it does come with practice.
So you're going to have to continuously do them
and practice them in order to be able to perfect
how much you're picking up
in order to get your technique right.
And that's okay
'cause that's what we've all had to do.
Even I've had to do that.
And once you do them enough,
then you'll understand
and you'll be able to just,
it'll be like second nature.
You can just pick up the hair, braid it,
and then you're done.
Okay, so I've parted the section over here
and I'm gonna go ahead and clip this hair out of the way.
I'm gonna turn her around
so that you can see
how this is parted.
And it comes down just over the ears
just like the other side did.
All right, now what you wanna do
is you wanna just pick a side to start on.
It doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter if you start on the left.
It's not gonna determine anything from the right,
but you always want to start from the bottom
and work your way up towards the top.
So, I'm going to start on the side that has the most hair,
just because I like to feel like I've accomplished something
when I get done with that side.
So I'm just gonna wrap this hair around my finger
and I'm gonna clip it away.
You want be sure to have lots and lots of clips.
You see how I have my station set up over here.
I have clips.
I have combs, just two combs
and with box braids,
you don't need a lot of stuff.
You just need a few clips,
some combs, and some hair and that's it.
The type of hair that I'm using,
we'll get into that later,
but that's all you need.
It's very simple, very easy.
You don't need a whole lot of stuff
and we're getting ready to get started into the braid.
Now, I'm going to turn her around,
but the parting technique.
A traditional parting technique,
way back in the day when I first started filming videos
and teaching people,
I would always teach how to part using the boxes
and each box was all perfect
and you would start from the bottom
and then it was like a bricklay effect.
And your next set of boxes would fall in between those
it was a bunch of boxes in the head.
Well, we don't do that anymore.
We use these half moon shaped partings
and they still fall in that same bricklay effect,
but it just looks a little more updated
and they lay a little bit better.
So I'm gonna show you how to do that.
And the easiest way to make sure they're laying properly
is to start either,
if you're gonna start on the side
you wanna start right here,
right by the ear and here
and in the back,
you wanna start in one of the corners.
That's the easiest way to insure
that this technique lays correctly.
So I'm going to turn my client
and I'm gonna turn myself
and when I come back,
I'll be ready to start showing you
how to do the parting technique.
Okay, so we're back.
In order to do this type of parting
that I was talking about.
Now you can use this with box braids, kinky twists,
micro braids whatever kind of braid you're doing.
You can use this same parting technique
and it's going to be determined,
the size of your part is going to be determined
by the size of the braid.
So we're doing medium sized braids,
like probably around about the same size as mine.
So, I'm gonna do a medium sized part,
but before I do that,
I'm gonna show you,
just in case you're doing micro braids or something
because this technique does work for micro braids.
I'm gonna show you how to do this part on a smaller scale.
So, you're just gonna start on one side
and make a semi-circle or a half moon.
And you'll see here
that you have that kinda semi-circle type of shape.
So on a larger scale,
I'm gonna go from one side
and make a half moon to the other side.
Okay, now depending on how big you want them
or how small you want them you can refine that later.
Now that's just a simple, simple parting technique.
So if your first braid is going to be here,
twist or whatever you're doing,
in this case we're doing box braids,
so I'm going to say braids.
So if your first braid is going to be here,
you next one you want to fall outside and outside
and inside and inside and in between the parts,
like a brick lay effect.
So where's the next one gonna go?
Yes, you're right.
It's gonna go right here
just outside of it and that's gonna fall here.
Your next one will go here
and your next one you'll start in the middle
and so on and so forth.
But we'll get deeply into that
as we get deeply into the hairstyle.
So for right now,
I'm gonna start with this
this section of hair.
So now that we've got this all parted out,
you can place your comb there,
and now it's time to grab the hair.
And now I can tell you what type of hair I'm using.
So in this next clip,
you're going to see me
and I'm gonna be talking about the hair.
Okay, so when it comes to hair,
and you walk into the traditional hair store,
the walls are usually filled
with nothing but synthetic hair.
It's overwhelming, but that's okay
because even I have gone into the beauty supply store
thinking I'm buying something that's a higher quality
so instead of 99 cents I'm paying, ooh $2.99 a pack
and I'm thinking,
Oh, I'm getting some high quality synthetic hair
for braiding and then it starts to frizz
and it just after a short period of time
it just does not look good.
So even the most qualified person
always has to go to someone else
for more information or further education.
So I was sitting in a braid salon
when I was getting my hair done
and I was asking her,
I said, "What type of hair do y'all use in here
"because it doesn't look like this stuff
"that I'm bringing in."
And she said, "Your hair is 100% Kanekalon,
"but the fibers are different."
So she said, "Let me order you some hair,
"and we'll use our hair
"and compare it against your hair
"and see which one you like best."
What I'm wearing now is the hair she ordered for me.
And it looks absolutely amazing.
The ends look straight and everything.
In that, the first day that I came in,
and she brought
I had some synthetic hair
and it wasn't the Kanekalon fibers.
And she stressed to me,
"No it needs to be Kanekalon fibers
"'cause the synthetic is not gonna work."
So that's the first thing you want to remember
when you go to the beauty supply store
and you're overwhelmed.
Do not buy synthetic hair.
Buy 100% Kanekalon hair.
And you also want to get the flame retardant kind,
if they have it.
Not every beauty supply carries it,
but if they have it,
get the 100% Kanekalon flame retardant.
What I am using is 100% Kanekalon.
They did not have flame retardant.
Now sometimes with the Kanekalon hair,
they also have it super long.
So the hair that I'm wearing when it came in
it actually had to be ordered from New York.
They hair was double this length.
So if she had put it in my hair and didn't cut it,
it probably would have been like mid-thigh,
which I'm okay with,
but I didn't want to have her there all day,
so (laughing) it was all good!
So this is again,
this is 100% Kanekalon.
It is not flame retardant.
It feels really good.
It feels really soft.
So what do you wanna do when you pull it out of the pack?
You just wanna take a section,
take a chunk of hair off.
So I'm gonna take my favorite Denman brush
after having taken a chunk off of the full pack of hair
and you don't want the end to be blunt.
So I'm gonna take my brush,
and I'm just gonna brush through it.
Okay, I'm gonna brush through this hair,
get the tangles out and to kinda break up
that blunt look at the bottom.
Now, you can also take some moisturizer
like Luster's Pink Oil Moisturizer
and you can put it on the hair for some shine as well.
Or you can just leave it like this.
Now you can also take the hair and pull it apart.
See how that tangled?
I'm glad I did that now,
because if I hadn't done that now,
and it was tangling when I was trying to braid
it could have been a disaster.
So you wanna take the hair
and pull it through a few times
to make sure that when you get ready to work with it,
it is exactly the way you want it.
So, I'm gonna start from the bottom
and I'm just gonna brush through it
a little bit more.
And there you have it.
It's okay that it's not even at the bottom
that's not what we're going for.
Now, this is going to be the part
where you have to make your determination
on the size of the braid.
Like I said in the beginning,
I'm doing medium sized braids.
So, if you're doing smaller sized braids,
you're gonna wanna take a little bit less hair
than what I'm taking
and just try it out.
If you start to braid,
if you see that it's too thin or too thick
take it out, remove some hair.
It's gonna be the best thing to do
until you get used to pulling out
the same amount of hair every single time
so that your braids are consistent.
Okay, so for medium sized braids,
I'm gonna take a medium size chunk of hair.
Okay, now I'm just gonna take it and pull it apart,
just like this.
You always wanna handle your hair at the top like this.
You don't wanna pick your hair up from the middle
and then everything falls apart.
Always handle your hair
right up at the top like this where it loops over.
Now, if you are working with a child
or an adult that doesn't want their hair
as long as her hair is going to be,
You can always cut this in half
and work with this at the bottom
and then once you get it to the top,
you can just leave the hair at the full length.
We're doing these long.
So, I'm not gonna cut the hair at all.
All right, so I have my chunk of hair.
I am going to put this to the side,
neatly for the next braid.
Okay, so now we're getting ready
to start to do the actual box braid.
Now, the thing you want to remember
when you're braiding hair,
if you're doing cornrows, micro braids,
whatever you're doing,
the key to not having lumps and bumps is making sure
that all of your strands of hair are even
throughout the entire braid.
I have a method to my madness.
The way that I do that is
I take a single piece of hair like this
and I divide it up into three pieces,
three even pieces,
so that when I get ready to braid,
I don't have any lumps and bumps
and it looks absolutely gorgeous and it's neat.
So I'm getting ready to show you how I do that.
Okay, so you wanna take your hair
that's just like this,
and what you wanna do is
pinch a smaller piece of hair off.
You see that?
I have a chunk here,
but I have a smaller piece here.
And you almost,
you don't wanna do half.
You kinda wanna do like a quarter.
Okay, so I'm gonna tear that off.
My hands are gonna move
outside of the camera for just a second.
All right, now once you do that,
you're gonna have two pieces of hair.
All right, you wanna take your smaller piece,
and you're just gonna make a T across the fatter piece
and then you have three piece of hair.
You have one,
these two make one,
boom, so you have one, two, three
and guess what?
They're all even strands of hair.
Now that is going to take some practice.
You are gonna have to work with that a little bit
and figure out how much you need to pull off,
but you have to have even strands.
Now you may figure out a way to do this
that's not just like the way I do it
that works for you and that's fine.
My only point and the only thing
you need to get out of this part of the DVD,
is that you need to be working with
three even strands of hair
the entire time you're braiding
to prevent lumps and bumps.
So now let's move on to the actual technique.
Okay, so I know you're all up in my grill,
but that's okay.
That's part of teaching.
Okay, so any time you're doing box braids,
micro braids, cornrows, kinky twists, whatever,
anytime you're doing something
that's going to extend from the head
in little bitty sections,
the key to them not falling out
is creating a teeny tiny little cornrow.
So that's what we're gonna start with.
We're gonna start with a small cornrow
and then we're gonna extend out.
That's gonna insure that this does not fall out
and that it stays the entire time.
So the way you do this is you take your section
that we've parted off,
and you wanna take a small piece
from the top of that section.
Now that piece is going to be added into
this middle strand right here.
So, I'm gonna take that piece,
and I'm just gonna slide it in there
with that middle strand.
And then I'm going to cornrow down, okay,
and then I'm going to just extend out
just as I would a normal braid or a normal micro braid.
And I'm just going to braid all the way down.
Now, just like I said earlier,
when you are doing braids
and you have to determine
and you're working with hair
that you're not used to working with
you pull off a section of hair
and you realize it's not quite as small
or as big as you thought
and you have to go back and redo it,
that's the exact same thing that just happened to me.
I've never worked with this hair before.
And it's smaller than what I thought I pulled off.
So I could have actually used more hair.
So what I'm going to do
is I'm gonna take this out.
And I'm gonna add a little bit more hair
make my part a little bit bigger
and I'm gonna redo this braid.
So, I'm just gonna take it out,
and you wanna be careful.
So since the amount of hair
that I had was about the size of this part,
I'm gonna make my part a little bit bigger too.
Because my concern with my client is that
her hair for the military can't be too bulky.
And if I do a bunch of braids this size
all over her hair,
it's going to be too bulky.
So we're gonna go a little bit bigger.
Again, don't be afraid of that.
That's the whole point of this first braid.
Okay, so what I did was
I took that braid out,
and made the part slightly bigger
and I added some more hair.
So I'm just gonna go in with that same technique.
Remember, you're gonna pick up a piece of hair from the top.
You're gonna add it in
with this middle strand that you created earlier,
and then you're gonna make a small cornrow here
by picking up hair from each side as you go down
and then you're just going to extend the braid out.
It's really really easy and in fact,
I'm gonna run that clip back again
before you see this,
you'll see the clip again
so that you can see exactly how to do this.
And it's very repetitive.
The whole style is gonna be done the exact same way.
So the way to do this is you take your section
and you wanna take a small piece
from the top of that section.
Now that piece is going to be added into
this middle strand right here, okay.
So I'm gonna take that piece,
and I'm just going to slide it in there
with that middle strand.
And then I'm going to cornrow down, okay.
So one of the things
you want to be very, very, very, very, very, mindful of
is the edges and your tension.
Braids, just because they're braids,
do not have to be tight.
You don't want to do that.
You don't want to be uncomfortable for your client.
You want it to be snug of course,
but you don't wanna pull their hair out.
That's the reason why I go to who I go to
to get my hair braided
because she cares about the health of the hair
and not pulling the hair too tight.
So you always want to be mindful
and ask your client,
and one thing that I do when I'm braiding
is I look at how tight I'm pulling the hair
and I just loosen up a little bit.
And I ask my client, Does that feel comfortable?
- There you have it.
So you always want to be mindful
of the comfort of your client
and the health of the hair
and the integrity of the hair
and you'll be good to go every single time.
Now what I've done here is I've taken this braid
and as you can see, it's even all the way down.
I don't have any lumps and bumps
or anything like that.
I just braided it all the way down to the end
because once we get to the end of the DVD,
we're gonna be dipping these in hot water
and then we'll be done with this style.
So now I'm gonna move on to my second part.
And remember you wanna be consistent
in the size of your part
and in the size of the actual hair for the braid.
So, I'm gonna take off a section of hair,
in my half moon shape,
this is the hair I'm going to be working with,
One thing you want to take into consideration,
when you're braiding is the length and bulk
of your client's hair.
My client has a lot of hair and it's long.
So when you're pulling your hair the Kanekalon hair
that you're going to use for this braid,
just take that into consideration
'cause it is gonna create some bulk at the beginning
and then the braids are going to get skinnier
as they go down and in fact,
let me show you what I'm talking about.
I'm gonna pull one of my braids out from my bun.
And you'll see that with this braid,
it starts out thick
and then the closer it gets to the bottom,
the thinner it gets.
That's because I have some bulk in my hair
and my bulk with the bulk of this hair made it thicker
and then it got thinner as it got down to the bottom.
Now there is a way to not do that.
If you want the same size all the way throughout
I will show you how to do that later,
but I don't think it needs it.
I like it like this.
I like it tapered down.
I think it looks nice.
But I will show you how to do it the other way.
So let me put this back in my bun.
And so now after we do that,
we're just gonna move on
and continue this technique throughout.
Hopefully that looks good.
I'm sure if it's not,
somebody will let me know.
Okay, so I'm gonna separate the hair,
just as I did before and make my little three strands
and then I'm going to continue on with the braid.
So you just wanna check the size of the braids
up against each other
and make sure they're the same size
and you just wanna continue your braid.
And that's all box braids is.
It's just the same thing
over and over and over and over and over again.
The key is just to make sure
that your parts are consistent
and that the width of the braids are consistent
and that there are no lumps and bumps.
Okay so for your next braid,
you want it to fall in between these two right here.
And then your fourth one will fall out here.
So I'm just gonna do my parting right here just like this.
And then I'm gonna go ahead and part my next part.
That's just gonna fall to the outside,
just like that
And then I'm going to start my braids.
So the next time you see me,
most of this side will be completely done.
If you need to,
don't be afraid to hit the back button
or hit that previous button
or whatever's on your remote control
and go back and watch the technique again
because it's so simple and it's so easy.
But it is gonna take a little bit of practice.
What you'll also notice,
Is that through here,
of course I braided this all the way down.
This was the first one.
But it's gonna save you a lot of time
in getting the actual hair braided,
it's gonna save you a lot of time if you stop the braid
in the middle and go back and finish that up later.
So that's what you're gonna see when you come back.
It's gonna look,
all of them will not be braided down to the ends.
We'll just have some hair left out
and then at the end,
I'll go back and finish everything up.
So one thing I want to mention,
as you can see,
and before I mention
you can see the progression.
All of them are the same size
and they're laying nice and neat.
And my parts,
they're falling in between,
just like a bricklayer effect without the boxes.
But one thing I want to mention is
when you go to a braid salon
and when they're doing the finishing touches on the hair,
they always clip the ends and the hair that's sticking out.
And they end up clipping some of your ends
and then at the salon I go to,
they also take a candle
and they sear all the ends to melt them in.
Well what happens when they do that,
is they end up burning your actual hair,
which is why I always ask that they don't do that to me.
But having said that,
I don't clip ends.
And I don't clip that stuff that's sticking out
because in most cases, this is for a protective style.
If you're going natural
or if you're just want to give your hair a break,
when you take it out,
you still need your hair
to be in that shape that it was in
when you got them done.
So when doing that,
I like to use something on the hair
to help keep those ends down.
And right now, I'm using a product called "True Braids Rx."
Now I got this at the Natural Hair Show
that I just went to this past year.
And it's a really, really good product
and it works a lot like Jam.
Jam will also work.
But it's keeping these edges down.
It's keeping everything nice and smooth.
And so I'm applying it to her hair right at the start
and then I'm also applying it as I'm doing the braid.
So right now I'm just gonna continue braiding,
and you'll see me periodically pop in
and give you some instruction.
And you'll see the progression throughout.
All right, so what you're seeing here
is everything completed.
Now one thing you'll notice is that
when I got into the areas
where there's more hair,
I kinda made the,
not kinda I did.
I made the parts a little bit smaller.
But I used the same amount of hair.
And that's gonna give her a fuller look
throughout this area.
It's gonna fill it out a little bit.
Because when I get through here,
because her hair is so long and bulky,
I'm going to make my parts bigger,
but use the same amount of hair
'cause you won't see that.
It'll be covered up all the time.
Now sometimes you'll want to be consistent
all the way throughout.
But with her hair, you won't be able to tell.
And plus, we wanna make sure to minimize the bulk
because her bun has to be less than three inches thick.
And this is already a lot of hair.
Because the hair that was in those packs.
It wasn't a lot,
so this is about three and a half of those packs.
So I don't want to make her too too bulky.
So I'm gonna make things a little bit bigger
through this middle section.
The back will be just like this,
so will this side and that'll even everything out.
So now what I'm about to do is
I'm just gonna turn her to the side
and then I'm going to repeat the exact same thing
that I did on the first side.
Okay, so here you have it.
The entire front portion that we previously sectioned off
is all braided.
Now you'll notice that these are close together,
so that you can't see any parts through here.
I mean you're gonna see some parts,
but I wanted them to be closer together in the top.
And you'll see here and here.
And now what I'm gonna do,
you see how my parts,
see how they're laying even through they're not boxes,
they're still laying between the two underneath it
or the braids underneath,
so that they create a fuller effect.
So now what I'm gonna do is
I'm gonna turn my client around
and we're gonna start in the back.
Now another thing you can do it
you can just go ahead before you move on
and braid these all the way down to the ends,
but I'm not gonna do that.
I wanna go ahead and get all of the braids done,
then I'll go back and braid everything down
to the ends at once.
You can do it however you want to.
It's not gonna mess up your results either way.
So now that I have my client to the back,
I'm gonna lift her chair
all the way up,
as far as it can go
so that I can get to the back without having to bend over
because a lot of times as stylists
we have to bend and move and shake
and do all this extra stuff
it creates more stress on our bodies,
like standing and bending and moving.
So it's very important during this process to stretch.
You want to be healthy.
You want to be drinking a lot of water
and keeping yourself hydrated, so you're up
and you're alert
and you can move your back and stretch
and do all these kinds of things
so that you're not feeling too stiff
after these are done
because these do take quite a bit of time.
Okay, so I'm just gonna remove this other clip
that I have in her hair.
If the hair is kinda tangled
and disheveled a little bit,
just start from the bottom
and comb through the hair,
just straighten everything out.
Once you've done that,
then you're going to start parting
from the back,
braiding the hair from the back ,
working your way up to the top.
So the first thing you want to do
is decide what corner you're going to start in.
It doesn't matter.
It's not gonna make the results any different.
So since I'm standing over here,
I'm going to start from over here.
So, all you're gonna do,
is pull your section, your half moon shape
just as you did when you started on the corner.
Now one thing you want to remember with nape hair
is that you don't wanna make your parts too small
and then add a whole bunch of hair
because that can cause too much tension
and it can pull the hair out.
So you wanna take a bit of a generous amount in this area
to start your braids.
Now as I said before, through here for the back section
the small portion of the back section,
I'm going to keep the braids close together,
because I want is to appear the way it does in the front,
and when I get through the middle,
I'm going to make them bigger,
so as not to make it to bulky for her because again,
she has to stay within three inches with her bun
because she's in the military.
I'm going to start braiding from this corner,
and the next time you see me,
some of this back will be completed.
Okay, so we are moving right along.
And as you can see through here,
the parts are much bigger then the ones on the sides
and the ones down at the nape area.
And again that is just to
not to thin it out,
but to reduce the amount of bulk
because these size box braids,
whether you know it or not,
these size box braids can be thick and bulky
once they're all in.
So I wanna reduce that
so I made may parts bigger.
Sometimes I reduce the amount of hair
depending on the size of the part.
If the part is really really thick,
you're gonna want to reduce the size of the hair
that you're using because otherwise
you'll have a really fat braid.
So you just wanna kind of eyeball it and test it out
just as you did in the front.
If you remember when I first started,
I had to redo that braid because I didn't have enough hair.
So it's okay if you need to take hair out or add hair.
Because you want to make sure that it's right.
So again these are big,
and I'm going to turn my client,
and show you the difference,
As you can see through here,
these parts right here are much smaller
than the ones from the back,
like I showed you earlier.
So now what I'm gonna do,
I'm just gonna continue braiding
and when I come back,
we'll be at the very top
with the last couple of braids.
And then, we'll start to do the ends
and I will show you how to make these even
and nice and consistent all the way throughout.
We're actually almost done.
Okay, so now I'm at the last braid.
So I'm just gonna use a little bit of my braid gel.
That's gonna help keep everything nice and together
and neat just like everything you see here.
And this is smaller.
This section of here is smaller than those big pieces
of hair that I was taking through the middle
because this is the top.
Everybody's gonna see this part
and it's gonna cover everything underneath.
So it's okay if these are a little bit smaller.
But you still want to use the same amount of hair.
What you're also going to see me do in this clip
is you're gonna see me braid
all the way down to the end.
And then for the last two that I need to braid the ends,
I'm going to show you how to add more hair
to add more length
if you want to make them a little bit longer.
And I'm also going to show you what to do
when you start to run out of hair
where one of your strands had to borrow
move hair over from one strand of hair
to still make sure everything is consistent and even.
So the first thing I want to do is complete this braid.
Now, I'm just going to continue braiding
all the way down to the ends.
Now with my client's hair,
if her hair was short
and it was sticking out from the braid,
then I would add a little bit more of my gel,
rub it in my finger and just continue braiding.
What this type of gel does is it holds the hair together.
And it also has a bit of a moisturizer in it too
and it adds a little bit of shine as well
and it keeps everything together.
So as you can see it added just a little bit of shine
and you always want to use a little bit of this type of gel
when you get towards the ends of your client's hair
because it's gonna help hold everything in as well.
And when you're braiding all the way down to the ends,
anytime you're braiding,
you want to make sure to be consistent
in all your strands of hair.
You see how consistent my braid is?
Okay, so now I'm getting towards the end of the braid.
Now once you get towards the ends,
your strings of hair are not going to be the same.
I don't know if you can tell this on camera or not,
but you see this little piece here that's sticking up?
This is going to run out,
which in turn is going to thin out my braid.
So what you're gonna have to do
when you get to your points like this
is you're gonna have to pull hair
from another section
and make it even.
So I'm just going to continue braiding just like normal.
And you see my braid is already starting to taper.
It's already starting to get smaller.
Now this strand of hair right here is a lot thinner
than the other two.
So what I'm gonna have to do, is borrow hair
from my middle strand and add it to this one.
It's really simple.
So all you wanna do is just pinch a little bit
of that hair off and just add it with your other section
and continue braiding just like nothing ever happened.
And you'll see here that my braid is still consistent.
And you may have to do that two or three times,
but you want to continue doing that
all the way out to the ends.
Now where you stop braiding,
will totally depend on how the finished result will be.
So I'm just gonna stop here
'cause I'm gonna dip it in hot water.
I'm gonna stop right here.
Now, you see all these ends that are sticking out?
This is not her hair.
The client's hair stops right about here.
None of this down here is her hair.
So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna grab a pair of shears
that I use for things like this,
and I'm Just gonna trim all that excess hair off.
Now you can wait until the very end
and do these all at once.
You can do them one by one.
You can do them however you want.
The key is to make sure
you are not cutting your client's hair.
So even after you clip,
you're still gonna have pieces of hair sticking up.
Don't worry about that
because when you dip this hair in hot water
all those pieces that are sticking up
are going to melt right into the hair .
That's the whole point of the hot water.
Now, what I'm about to show you is how to add hair
to the braid that's existing to add length.
So let's say my client wasn't satisfied with this length.
She wanted it even longer
and the hair didn't come that long.
What you're gonna have to do
is add hair as you braid.
And I'm going to show you how to do that.
But remember, the key to doing that
insuring that you're consistent with the width of the braid
all the way throughout.
So you want to wait
until the hair starts to taper a little bit as you braid.
And you see it's slowly starting to taper
the further I go down.
It's starting to taper.
And what I mean by that is it's thick up here
and it's tapering to get smaller here.
The width of the braid is getting smaller as I go down.
Now once you get to the point
where it's tapered enough for you to add hair,
here's what you wanna do.
Okay, so I'm gonna take just a piece of hair,
and you wanna try to make sure it's the same width
or thickness as what you have in your hands
and I'm gonna add it with two strands.
And then I'm just gonna to continue my braid.
Now, you're still gonna have one short piece in there
and you can either use the technique from before
by borrowing hair or you can add another piece.
So I'm just gonna borrow
I'm gonna keep doing that
until I'm forced to add another piece.
And you can see it's still consistent.
Everything is still consistent all the way down.
Now, I have to add another piece,
so the second piece that you add,
if you have to add another one,
you want that to be a little bit thinner
because you're going to be adding it.
So the next piece you add,
you wanna add it the exact same way that you did before,
but you just want to make sure it's a little bit thinner.
And then once you get it in there and you braid it in there,
that's when you want to redistribute the hair,
so that everything is all the same,
meaning all of your strands are all the same width.
And it's still gonna taper.
And you just continue braiding just as you did before
and you'll see all this length here in a second,
how much length I've added.
And so you can see just from the original braid,
This is the one we just added the length to.
You see how much length we have,
just from using that technique.
And if you don't want this much length,
start adding your hair from up here.
You don't have to add it twice.
You can feel free to be as creative as you want.
But since we don't need all of this length,
I'm gonna go back and take this out,
and then I'm just gonna continue the braid down
to complete this portion.
Okay, I know you're like,
"Why is she standing there with a tea kettle thingy."
Whatever this is, a pitcher.
Well this is going to finish her ends.
So when you get to this point,
everything is done.
Everything is all braided.
I braided down as far as I'm gonna go
and it's time to finish my ends.
You can do a lot of different things.
You can curl the ends by braiding them by rolling them.
Whatever you wanna do,
but what we're going to do with this style
to keep it current,
to keep it timely,
is to dip it in extremely hot water.
So that is why I have this nifty difty thing.
And this I purchased from Walmart
and this right here is I don't know the electricity for it.
So you fill it up with water through here.
And there is a little heater thing.
And it looks like a stove's eye or something.
This heats the water
and you bring it over here
with your client being very careful.
And you just take the hair and you dip it in here
and that's what seals the ends and makes it look pretty.
So that is what I'm getting ready to do now
I'm going to show you how to do a couple of sections,
maybe one or two sections
and then I'm going to go ahead and finish
and we will be done.
Now don't forget to clean up your ends with the shears.
You don't have to do this.
In the braiding salons they go all the way up
and then they use the candle
like I said earlier and burn everything.
I don't believe in that.
We're not gonna go there and be all up in her hair
trying to cut end off that don't need to be cut.
So, I'm gonna go ahead and seal the ends
after I trim off what's sticking out.
And then we'll be completely done.
Okay so my kettle, or teapot or pitcher
or whatever you call it just clicked,
so that means that water is ready.
So I'm gonna go ahead and remove it.
And I'm gonna start (plastic base crashing)
to dip the hair.
Sorry that just fell,
but that's okay
because we're gonna keep rolling anyway.
All right, you want to be extremely careful
when you do this because I have been known,
I haven't been known,
I haven't been known but,
stylists have been known to be sued
from clients being burnt when working with this hot water.
So you just wanna be very very very careful.
And if you have an assistant,
work very closely with your assistant with this part.
I don't have an assistant here today,
but I'm so used to doing this
because I've been doing it for so long
that I can do it by myself.
But even that, you don't want to take for granted
because you can always make a mistake.
So you want to take your section of hair
and your water and you just want
to dip the hair in the pot.
Now I did not get it all in there.
Dip, dip and dip.
Now this is where you want to be very careful.
Now I should have a towel underneath me,
but I don't so I'm gonna let that water drip on the floor.
And then I'm gonna take my towel
and I'm going to towel dry the hair all the way down.
And this is what we've got.
It kinda straightens the hair
and it seals those ends together.
Now if you have a client like my client
that has long natural hair,
You don't want to go too far up
because you don't want that hot hot water
on your client's natural hair.
So I'm just going to continue to do this
until I've dipped everything
and when I come back we will be completely done.
Well, after many many hours behind the scenes of braiding,
we are 100% done.
The end are done and it looks beautiful.
And as you can see,
I'm gonna pull it back so you can see how everything lays.
I'm going to be very careful
because I know from experience
that no matter how loose they are and not tight,
they still hurt.
Not hurt, but your scalp may be a little bit sore,
especially if you're not used to getting your hair braided
or if it hasn't been braided in a long time.
So you can see when I pull it back,
it looks very very full,
although through the middle the parts are a lot bigger.
And around her edges,
these braids are not tight
around her edges they're kinds loose,
so I can maintain the integrity of her edges
and I'm gonna just show you the back.
You see I maintained the same size
by reducing the amount of Kanekalon hair I added,
but I made the parts bigger and reduced the amount of hair
and it kept everything pretty much the same size
as far as the width of the braid.
Now there' a ton of different styling options
that you can do with box braids.
You can get a high bun, just like me.
And all you do is pull all the hair up
into a very high high ponytail
that sits further up than what you would normally do.
So if your ponytail normally sits right here in the crown,
you'll want to pull it up to the top of the head
and then make a doughnut,
just like mine and wrap it around.
You could just pull some back.
You could put half of it up.
You could do so many different things with this style
and it is a great, great, great protective style
if you're going natural.
It's just like wearing micro braids
or a sew-in weave or whatever.
It's just something to protect your hair
and it's great for the summer.
It's great for vacation.
It's great for anything.
If you wanna give your hair a break.
If you have children.
My daughter runs track.
Her hair needs a break from the ponytails,
so I'm going to do her hair today as well.
So this style is very versatile
and I absolutely love it
and I really hope that you enjoyed it.
If you enjoy doing this style
or you enjoy learning how to do box braids
from this DVD,
be sure to check out my other products.
They're just like this.
We have a lot film that we're filming,
but you're also learning a lot.
There's a lot of content.
I have many many years of experience with braiding hair
that you can definitely learn from.
So thank you very much for watching
and I'll talk with you soon.