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neko_kawaii
November 11th, 2016, 11:56 AM
As I understand it, the term Battle Braid comes from a braid the character Katniss wears in the first book of the Hunger Games, popularized visually by the films of course. Somehow, the term came to stand for a braid made up of multiple braids.

If anyone wants to tackle the history of the term, please do!

ETA: Arwen wore a battle braid in a deleted scene in LOTR, which predates Hunger Games.

Here is a Battle Braid I did a while back:
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC9897_zps7e8551dc.jpghttp://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC9900_zps6730f11f.jpg

Have fun with this one!

ephemeri
November 11th, 2016, 04:56 PM
That is so beautiful! I love the look. I can't wait until my hair is long enough to do this. It's still such an ordeal just to do an english braid... and I don't think I have the skills yet to do something this intricate with accent braids closer to my head. Gonna keep watching this thread though. :eye: :o

bparnell75
November 11th, 2016, 05:05 PM
I was hoping for a bun as my braids are so thin. but I will try it and then maybe bun it.

animetor7
November 11th, 2016, 07:00 PM
I think the history of "battle braid" actually is a bit older and started with Arwen's helms deep battle braid from a deleted scene in the lord of the rings movies. :) In any case they are beautiful and intricate.

Cg
November 12th, 2016, 09:18 AM
I was hoping for a bun as my braids are so thin. but I will try it and then maybe bun it.

Your hair is similar to mine, and I often make side accent braids into a simple English braid and then bun it.

neko_kawaii
November 12th, 2016, 09:27 AM
I think the history of "battle braid" actually is a bit older and started with Arwen's helms deep battle braid from a deleted scene in the lord of the rings movies. :) In any case they are beautiful and intricate.

Ah! Thanks!

MoniLein
November 12th, 2016, 01:53 PM
neko_kawaii, your braid looks awesome!


I tried one too, but the proportions aren't quite right (I definitly need more practice :D)

http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y370/istris83/Frisuren/HSotM%20-%20LHC/2016-11_zps3lj7x8ga.jpg (http://s1030.photobucket.com/user/istris83/media/Frisuren/HSotM%20-%20LHC/2016-11_zps3lj7x8ga.jpg.html)

hobbitlocks
November 14th, 2016, 01:16 PM
I really enjoyed this hairstyle. Pretty and easy and stayed nice through the day. Also made me feel powerful to be wearing a battle braid- I think I will revisit this other times I want to feel strong and powerful :)

I couldn't get my picture to load (it kept loading sideways no matter what I did) but here's a link to a picture on my instagram: https://instagram.com/p/BMxno_eDFNL/

Suze
November 15th, 2016, 06:51 AM
This is really pretty and fierce. I have too much layers for this right now but I might try this in nov 2017 then! #goals��

Strands
November 17th, 2016, 10:11 AM
I am not a fan of battle braiding simply because my hair likes to tangle if the braid is too complex. I will have to skip this one!

Ephemeron
November 19th, 2016, 08:30 AM
I absolutely LOVE battle braids! My roommate loves to braid my hair into different styles, usually from Lord of the Rings or Vikings. I'll have to dig out some pictures.

ephemeri
November 19th, 2016, 08:40 AM
neko_kawaii, your braid looks awesome!


I tried one too, but the proportions aren't quite right (I definitly need more practice :D)

http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y370/istris83/Frisuren/HSotM%20-%20LHC/2016-11_zps3lj7x8ga.jpg (http://s1030.photobucket.com/user/istris83/media/Frisuren/HSotM%20-%20LHC/2016-11_zps3lj7x8ga.jpg.html)

That is really beautiful! Nice job!

hobbitlocks
November 21st, 2016, 02:52 PM
I'm wearing this again today, but two of the braids are rope braids + a three strand braid, all english braided together. No battles yet though :)

lucid
November 26th, 2016, 07:15 PM
neko_kawaii and MoniLein, I love your braids!! Any tips on how to keep the first braids from falling apart when combining them with the bigger braid at the end?

I made french fish braids (I don't know if that's the right name or not) on both sides of my head, and secured them with elastics. They were tight and looked pretty good for a first try. But when I removed the elastics to make the last braid they almost fell apart and became super loose. I have very smooth/silky hair, so it's a bit difficult to work with, it just slides right out if I don't hold every piece tight. I don't know if keeping the elastics in until the main braid is done, and then cut the elastics out could work? Or maybe I just need more practice :p

Anyway, here is the end result. I spent soooo long on the side braids, so I was a bit bummed out when I saw what happened. :p

https://s26.postimg.org/5303aamq1/15204100_10157711580915109_175564373_o.jpg

neko_kawaii
November 26th, 2016, 07:17 PM
I leave the elastics in until I have combined them into the final braid and reached the end, then I tie off the whole thing and remove the extra ties.

NikitaJane
April 4th, 2017, 01:04 AM
As I understand it, the term Battle Braid comes from a braid the character Katniss wears in the first book of the Hunger Games, popularized visually by the films of course. Somehow, the term came to stand for a braid made up of multiple braids.

If anyone wants to tackle the history of the term, please do!

ETA: Arwen wore a battle braid in a deleted scene in LOTR, which predates Hunger Games.

Here is a Battle Braid I did a while back:
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC9897_zps7e8551dc.jpghttp://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC9900_zps6730f11f.jpg

Have fun with this one!

This is so beautiful! is there a particular tutorial you use for this?

neko_kawaii
April 4th, 2017, 04:44 PM
This is so beautiful! is there a particular tutorial you use for this?

No tutorial. Sorry!

-arachne-
April 10th, 2017, 10:03 PM
This is pretty much the only way I can wear my hair down in a braid without it knotting horribly... the extra top braids are a great touch I'll have to try

Rowanoake
April 12th, 2017, 06:15 PM
do you add or brush anything through your hair before you braid, like oil or dry shampoo? Anything for hold and/or volume, or it is just clean hair?
My hair gets wisps so easily, i want to be able to braid like this but worry that after a few hours, my much-belabored braid look like a frizzy mess!

W2
April 18th, 2017, 08:03 AM
Does viking braids count?

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=26887&d=1492524179

Aredhel
April 18th, 2017, 08:21 AM
Does viking braids count?

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=26887&d=1492524179

I really like your version with the french braid! Might have to try it this way myself. :D I wonder how it would look with a dutch braid.

Amelia777
April 26th, 2017, 04:20 PM
This hairstyle looks awesome. It's a pity I should wait till my hair grows in order to try it.

lithostoic
April 26th, 2017, 04:34 PM
I almost did this on my "mother in law" today! She has 2c/c/iii hair that's so fun to play with. But we didn't have time.

wispe
April 30th, 2017, 12:01 PM
I did this one following TorrinPaige's construction. Concluded that I definitely don't have enough hair to be making 8 separate braided sections, because boy were those babies tiny after the first few inches and tiny braids take forever to do and tangle more upon takedown. Yikes! I definitely like braids braided together though, so I'll probably do this style again, just heavily altered.

http://i.imgur.com/SmqWqzy.jpg?1

Aredhel
April 30th, 2017, 12:06 PM
Very pretty wispe! It makes me wonder how the battle braids would look with some parandi braided in...for added thickness and colour? :)

wispe
April 30th, 2017, 01:21 PM
I have to say, the thought did cross my mind. About three tiny braids in! LOL. I do have some yarn I bought for parandi I haven't gotten to yet, I might have to give it a go sometime.

Aredhel
April 30th, 2017, 02:21 PM
You should definitely try it! I can't wait to see what you come up with, if you decide to. :D

wispe
April 30th, 2017, 02:46 PM
Will definitely post about it when I do! Not today because I've manipulated my hair an awful lot today already (braiding and unbraiding the above) and after this last month of different updos I've definitely learned too much manipulation close together leaves my ends very unhappy with me :lol: That and making like 8 small parandas is going to be;; a lot of work!

Aredhel
April 30th, 2017, 02:58 PM
Oh yes, definitely must give fine hairs a break from over handling! :) My ends don't appreciate being braided either lol.

Veganmayhem
January 29th, 2018, 08:55 AM
I need to figure out how to do a braid behind my head....on my own hair.