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- 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?

- Yeah.

- 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.

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