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neko_kawaii
January 1st, 2021, 11:08 AM
Dianyla braid - a sectioned English Braid


Create the front section by using finger or tool (hair sticks are great) across your head from left to right: ear to ear, temple to temple, across the top of your head. The second and third sections are the remainder sectioned straight down the middle to nape. Braid as usual.


This braid creates a slightly different appearance from the front (that first deliberate section) and some with thick hair find it to be more comfortable than three random sections.

neko_kawaii
January 1st, 2021, 11:29 AM
Here is one I did quite a few years ago
https://live.staticflickr.com/4021/35232023500_a8a308a57c.jpg

Feral_
January 1st, 2021, 12:43 PM
That looks really nice! Sadly far too complicated for me, I can only do a basic English braid :doh:

Cg
January 1st, 2021, 01:01 PM
I used to do this one a lot when my hair was a good deal shorter, and I always liked the look of the Dianyla.

SparrowWings
January 1st, 2021, 08:33 PM
That looks really nice! Sadly far too complicated for me, I can only do a basic English braid :doh:
Don't fret! This is a basic English braid, it just uses deliberately-created sections to start, instead of randomly-separated thirds. Lots of words for a very minor (yet much larger looking) change. :)

Edit to add: For my part, I've tried this method of sectioning a couple times in the past, because it sounds like it would work better, and I like how it looks, but it pulls in all kinds of awkward places for me. So, I stick with my own equally-deliberate sectioning instead. Basically, pie pieces, where the nape/back of head narrows towards the middle of my head as the third section, and the front/sides/top of my head are split in half as if making a center part (but not actually parting it) for the first two sections. I've been doing English braids that way for as long as I can remember. It's also the sectioning I've found that best emulates a high ponytail placement, which is where the weight sits best for me.

Feral_
January 2nd, 2021, 06:34 AM
Don't fret! This is a basic English braid, it just uses deliberately-created sections to start, instead of randomly-separated thirds. Lots of words for a very minor (yet much larger looking) change. :)

Edit to add: For my part, I've tried this method of sectioning a couple times in the past, because it sounds like it would work better, and I like how it looks, but it pulls in all kinds of awkward places for me. So, I stick with my own equally-deliberate sectioning instead. Basically, pie pieces, where the nape/back of head narrows towards the middle of my head as the third section, and the front/sides/top of my head are split in half as if making a center part (but not actually parting it) for the first two sections. I've been doing English braids that way for as long as I can remember. It's also the sectioning I've found that best emulates a high ponytail placement, which is where the weight sits best for me.

Thanks for that explanation SparrowWings. I understand the pie pieces! Embarrassingly I can’t master any plait where it starts on the head itself (Dutch, French and even half up braids are all beyond me). The sectioning is messy, I lose the thread of what goes where and I run out of hands. My limits are a basic English, milkmaid or a plait that starts out as a pony tail!

florenonite
January 2nd, 2021, 06:42 AM
Don't fret! This is a basic English braid, it just uses deliberately-created sections to start, instead of randomly-separated thirds. Lots of words for a very minor (yet much larger looking) change. :)

Edit to add: For my part, I've tried this method of sectioning a couple times in the past, because it sounds like it would work better, and I like how it looks, but it pulls in all kinds of awkward places for me. So, I stick with my own equally-deliberate sectioning instead. Basically, pie pieces, where the nape/back of head narrows towards the middle of my head as the third section, and the front/sides/top of my head are split in half as if making a center part (but not actually parting it) for the first two sections. I've been doing English braids that way for as long as I can remember. It's also the sectioning I've found that best emulates a high ponytail placement, which is where the weight sits best for me.

This is how I've done English braids for over a decade and I was sure this WAS the Dianyla braid :lol:

On my hair I don't like how this looks as well as gathering all my hair at the nape and sectioning it into three equal pieces, so I tend to do the latter for everyday wear and the higher, more carefully-sectioned form for sleep and exercise.

SelenVinland
January 2nd, 2021, 02:21 PM
Oh hey, this is one I can kind of do!

https://imgur.com/La4tMtk

Feral_
January 3rd, 2021, 01:18 PM
Oh hey, this is one I can kind of do!

https://imgur.com/La4tMtk

That looks really neat! :)

Lunnafindel
January 3rd, 2021, 03:39 PM
Haha I've been thinking of this as the "COVID" braid, because I started doing it at the beginning of the pandemic because it was nice to not part my hair all the time and who cares about my appearance anymore :silly:
Good to know it has another name! I like it because it makes the sectioning so easy - almost automatically the right size every time!

HaMalka
January 3rd, 2021, 04:47 PM
I did this leaving my part in place today. It felt a bit odd at the front but I got used to it fairly quickly. My sections where of uneven sizes. My top section was much bigger than the bottom two.

Neoma
January 3rd, 2021, 09:26 PM
I also call this a faux-French braid. Am I wrong? Is that something else entirely?

KokoroDragon
January 4th, 2021, 11:32 AM
I just tried this and wow! I sometimes have issues with random strands of hair pulling at my scalp with a regular English braid, but not with this one! Thank you, I'll definitely be using this braid often!

shelomit
January 5th, 2021, 07:47 AM
I did this leaving my part in place today. It felt a bit odd at the front but I got used to it fairly quickly. My sections where of uneven sizes. My top section was much bigger than the bottom two.

I find the sections very difficult to put into dry hair without the lower two poofing up along the nape, but I do like to use this kind of braid as the basis for a bun if I'm working with damp hair. My experience is similar to yours: I keep my center part in and have to make a very "shallow" top section in order to keep the braid strands of equal girth. I also wind up with a very uneven tail compared to a horizontally sectioned braid (the upper section "runs out" of length much more quickly than the lower two). For that reason--at least on me--I don't think it looks very good hanging loose. But the long hinky tail doesn't matter when you're using it for a bun, after all.

https://i.postimg.cc/6qKRMyDG/danyla.jpg (https://postimg.cc/62Hy3569)

RebekahE
January 7th, 2021, 08:04 AM
I've been using this for years. Torrin uses this for her braided nautilus bun. I didn't realize it had a name.

spidermom
January 7th, 2021, 01:06 PM
I love this one.
https://i.imgur.com/7F5vdu3.jpg?1

xanthochromia
January 7th, 2021, 01:25 PM
I love this one.
https://i.imgur.com/7F5vdu3.jpg?1

That looks great on you!

Neoma
January 8th, 2021, 02:33 PM
I love this one.
https://i.imgur.com/7F5vdu3.jpg?1

spidermom, braids look so darn good on blond hair. :thud:

Stagecoach
January 12th, 2021, 06:53 AM
https://i.postimg.cc/GtyRB3J9/IMG-20210112-081305.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

spidermom
January 12th, 2021, 09:04 PM
Nice-looking braid, Stagecoach!

bparnell75
January 18th, 2021, 12:30 PM
I love this one.
https://i.imgur.com/7F5vdu3.jpg?1

Wow your hair has grown s much since you cut it. BEautiful.

RebekahE
January 18th, 2021, 02:08 PM
https://i.postimg.cc/GtyRB3J9/IMG-20210112-081305.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

Wow, I'm having some serious hair envy! That's a nice looking braid!

NicoleLionne
February 1st, 2021, 11:07 AM
Love everyone's braid! (And a bit of hair envy:o)

I completely forget to upload my picture, so here it is:
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44351&d=1612202688

ETA: Sorry for the large pic! I accidentally uploaded the wrong size...

Neoma
February 2nd, 2021, 11:01 AM
Love everyone's braid! (And a bit of hair envy:o)

I completely forget to upload my picture, so here it is:
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44351&d=1612202688

ETA: Sorry for the large pic! I accidentally uploaded the wrong size...
NicoleLionne, your hair and your braid are gorgeous! :thud:

bokeh
February 2nd, 2021, 02:52 PM
I completely forget to upload my picture, so here it is:..That's a beautiful braid! I love how your outfit set's off the colors of your hair.

girlthursday
March 21st, 2021, 09:48 AM
https://photos.app.goo.gl/msu9baJtTrkpkNGj7

Despite the messiness of this particular picture, lol, I actually do this braid fairly often. I didn't know it had a name until now. :) Learning something every day!