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Andrea H
May 16th, 2013, 03:18 PM
Hey guys, so I've been practicing doing a fishtail braid from the top of my head down, and because of how much time it takes to actually do it my arms start to get sore/tired. Does anyone have any tips(besides having someone else do it :P) to prevent this? I was literally doing it for like 15 minutes and hadn't even gotten past the back of my head before I gave up yesterday. :-/

raingirl
May 16th, 2013, 03:24 PM
I need a solution to this as well. I keep alternating arms but eventually give up with anything that's too complicated. My arms get sore and fall asleep the minute they are above my head.

Dziip
May 16th, 2013, 03:24 PM
I feel it's just parctice. I do rest my arms on a table regulary but I used to give up too. Especially for fishtail braids and many-times-redone-crownbraids :)

You'll get used to it :)

Sarahlabyrinth
May 16th, 2013, 03:31 PM
I think it just takes practice until your arms get used to it.

neko_kawaii
May 16th, 2013, 03:35 PM
Practice mostly. It builds strength and improves your speed. I alternate resting my arms when I am doing something that takes a while. Secure the braid with one hand and lower the other, wiggle the fingers, shake the whole arm, rest and then back to work. As your fingers learn their tasks, you will be able to braid faster. Keep practicing!

Anje
May 16th, 2013, 06:26 PM
To some extent, practice helps. I remember my arms getting so, so tired from trying to do french braids, especially if I was attempting something fancier. They just don't do that anymore.

That said, fishtail braids take FOREVER! It's no wonder your ams are tired! (Not to mention, fishtails are notorious for sliding down your head.) Try something easier and less time-consuming, like a 17-strand braid. :eyebrows:

turquoisedays
May 16th, 2013, 07:05 PM
I use a hand hold method for three strand braiding, the one that Torrin Paige discusses in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTUiDFhzjao). For the fishtail braid (including french fishtail), I use this method. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sot6Y4X9ro) Since both of the hand hold methods only require one hand holding onto the strands of hair at any point in time, it's easy for your arms to not get tired as quickly. To mitigate issues with my arms getting sore even further, I always braid my hair in front of a desk or in front of a sink, so if my arms get tired I use that as a support for my elbows while using one hand to keep a hold on wherever I paused with braiding.

Andrea H
May 16th, 2013, 07:18 PM
Thank you guys for your suggestions! And I will have to look at those videos, turquoisedays. :D

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b257/anniegurl89/dc869bcd-981d-4b1d-8551-2f3d9a80abfd_zpse6672fea.jpg (http://s21.photobucket.com/user/anniegurl89/media/dc869bcd-981d-4b1d-8551-2f3d9a80abfd_zpse6672fea.jpg.html)

I'm slowly getting the hang of it. Might take a while for me to be able to do it from the root down though.

Andrea H
May 16th, 2013, 07:21 PM
AH didn't mean to double post. Sorry. D:

jacqueline101
May 17th, 2013, 07:29 AM
You have to practice build up strength.

patienceneeded
May 17th, 2013, 10:37 AM
Practice mostly. It builds strength and improves your speed. I alternate resting my arms when I am doing something that takes a while. Secure the braid with one hand and lower the other, wiggle the fingers, shake the whole arm, rest and then back to work. As your fingers learn their tasks, you will be able to braid faster. Keep practicing!


This! You'll gradually need to stop and rest less and less.

sarahbrownie
May 17th, 2013, 11:30 AM
I don't resist the fatigue. I often just tighten my grasp on the hair in my fingers and lean over for a moment or to just to get the blood back in my arms and then straighten up to precede to finish.