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curlysamantha
January 18th, 2016, 12:42 AM
In a basic three strand braid (plait), how do I keep the length of each strand even? I keep having one strand end up being shorter than the other two and I end up with a lot of hair that gets unbraided :?

Arctic
January 18th, 2016, 03:10 AM
You can "borrow" and transfer hair from the longer stand(s) to the shorter one(s), when you notice one is starting to feel shorter (same thing when it comes to thickness: if one is thinner than the others, or vice versa, you can correct it by transferring some hair from other strands). I made a video about it, I'll come back in a sec and edit my post with a link.

ETA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kS5QQfoI6Q

Daydreamer.
January 18th, 2016, 05:07 AM
Ha ha! That happens to me all of the time! I know your struggle... When dividing your hair into 3 sections, try evenly dividing long and short hairs into each section.

curlysamantha
January 18th, 2016, 07:17 AM
You can "borrow" and tranfer hair from the longer stand(s) to the shorter one, when you notice one is starting to feel shorter (same thing when it comes to thickness: if one is thinner than the others, or vice versa, you can correct it by transferring some hair from other strands). I made a video about it, I'll come back in a sec and edit my post with a link.

ETA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kS5QQfoI6Q

Thanks I'll be sure to try this!

thefreakingmoon
January 18th, 2016, 07:38 AM
Ha ha! That happens to me all of the time! I know your struggle... When dividing your hair into 3 sections, try evenly dividing long and short hairs into each section.

There's a solution for this?! I've just been ending my braids ridiculously high so what I've already done doesn't come undone! Thank you so much ;-;

-Fern
January 18th, 2016, 08:18 AM
Arctic is definitely right! :agree: I have a V-shaped hemline, so there's no way for me to avoid having to borrow between braid sections.

Or, you can go the COLORFUL route and make a paranda! (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=91490) This is also kind of nice because the elastic goes over the yarn ends, not your hair ends, so it helps protect your length. Here's a more recent page (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=91490&page=165) in that thread with pictures. :o

curlysamantha
January 18th, 2016, 08:24 AM
Arctic is definitely right! :agree:

Or, you can go the COLORFUL route and make a paranda! (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=91490) This is also kind of nice because the elastic goes over the yarn ends, not your hair ends, so it helps protect your length. Here's a more recent page (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=91490&page=165) in that thread with pictures. :o

wow thats pretty :ohmy:

Anje
January 18th, 2016, 03:02 PM
It's rare that I make a braid that doesn't need some borrowing. Some sections taper more than others, so what was even at the top isn't going to be even after a foot or two of braid, at least on my head. :D

meteor
January 18th, 2016, 03:08 PM
Yep, same here! :agree: This method works like a charm! :thumbsup:
I often have to borrow hair more than once from this or that section of the braid... yep, I'm that imprecise when I'm dividing hair. :lol:

curlysamantha
January 18th, 2016, 03:26 PM
It always feels like I have even strands but I guess not :lol: I have a hard time seeing/feeling measurements (like 1 inch, 1 ft, 1 yard and so on) maybe that's why my strands feel even but are really not :lol: I'm going to try the borrowing from other strands tonight if I need to!

curlysamantha
January 18th, 2016, 03:26 PM
Also want to add, thank you to everyone who has posted suggestions :)