As numerous YouTube videos and Pinterest pinned pictures have expressed, braids are a cheap and convenient way to create waves. But not all braids are created equal when it comes to the curl that they impart.
Step 1: Begin with a damp hair to make sure those waves can form. Use a wide-tooth comb, or just your fingers, to brush your hair out gently.
Step 2: Separate your hair into small sections so it would be easier and quicker for you to add the braids as you go. Begin with the bottom layer first. Divide the hair into three strands. Cross the right strand under the centre strand and then cross the left strand under the centre strand. Following the same technique, continue braiding until you reach the end. Try to braid each strand to the very end in order to avoid having straight tips. Then, use a clear rubber band to secure the braid. Tight braids will create more of a crimped look, so braid loosely to create soft waves.
Step 3: If you have very thick hair, used big sections of hair, or braided your hair when it was really wet, the braids may be a bit damp for a long period of time. Make sure you blow dry each braid individually to ensure it is completely dry. Otherwise, the waves won’t form.
Step 4: Press your braids with a straight iron to make the waves curlier.
Step 5: When you are sure that your hair is dry and ready to be released, start removing the hair bands. After you’ve removed all of the hair ties and undone all of the braids, run your fingers through your hair. This will help smooth out the waves and blend the sections back together.
Step 6: Now you can add a light hairspray and you are ready to go out and have some fun!