Today I come to you with my 100th post! :D
I thought i'd try my best to show you, in picture form, how I prep my extension hair. I initially wanted to do a picture tutorial of how i installed my braids, but that failed miserably as my hands were always in the way and i think it would probably confuse y'all rather than help.
I've picked up most of these tips through watching what my braidstress would do every time i went to the salon, way back in the day.
All you really need is your pack of hair (I used X-Pressions Ultra Braid in colour 1b, if anyone was wondering), a pair of scissors, a brush or comb and hair moisturiser/oil of your choice.
So the first thing i do is pick at the ends of the hair. This helps a lot when braiding as it stops the hair from unraveling.
Once this is done i brush through the hair to detangle and get rid of any knots. This bit takes the longest and requires a lot of patience as the hair does tangle quite easily. I would suggest doing this over wooden flooring as there probably will be a lot of shed hairs, and its such a hassle removing hair from the carpet. Also, at this point i moisturise the hair with coconut oil to add shine and help with detangling.
Next, to further detangle the hair, i pull apart the hair in sections several times, just to ensure that the hair has no knots and can be easily separated.
When this is done i then section off the hair i will be using for my first braid. The bottom left image shows roughly how much hair i use for each braid.
I then section off 1/3 of hair from this section, so i'm left with two sections; one bigger than the other. In the images above i have labelled the 1/3 as number 2 and the rest of the section as number 1 to make it easier to understand.
Lastly i loop and gather number 2 (the smaller section) around number 1 to then create three equal sized sections.
Now i'm ready to begin braiding!
I hope this wasn't too confusing, lol! Feel free to share how you prep your braiding hair, if you do it a different way.