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    Unhappy How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    I've never been able to get this right, and as a result, if I do normal English or French braids (straight down the back - not side braids or pigtails), they're either for sleep or to put up in a bun; they're not presentable, they look like a hot mess. Once I hit the nape of my neck, I find it impossible to continue braiding without bringing the braid over my shoulder to braid it, and 99% of the time when I bring it over my shoulder, I get mixed up and can't continue the braid from where I left off, even if I number the strands mentally to keep track of them. I end up with results like this:



    Please help! Does anyone have any tips or tricks they use to deal with this?

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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    It looks to me like when you bring it over your shoulder, you continue to braid the same way you started it behind your head, resulting in a braid that is english at the top and dutch at the bottom. What I mean is that you start behind your head bringing the outside pieces over the middle like for a normal english braid, but when you bring it around your shoulder you continue bringing the outside pieces over the middle. Perhaps I am wrong about how you are going about attempting it, but that is just what it looks like you may be doing in my opinion. If that is what you are doing, the problem is that when you bring it over your shoulder the braid is flipped, so to maintain the look of a normal english braid in the back, you need to dutch braid it when it is in front of you, bringing the pieces under the middle instead of over.

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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    The side braid is a really popular, fashionable look - why not go with your strengths, and just braid English braids starting over your shoulder rather than behind? That way you'll have a nice braid over one shoulder and people will think you're a trend-setter!

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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    Practice, practice, practice. I've been inspired by the paranda/parandi thread to make my own paranda but first I need to master braiding behind my head. So I practice when ever I can. I'm almost confident enough in my skill to make my first paranda. Woohoo!

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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    That doesn't look too bad, actually.

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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    Quote Originally Posted by spidermom View Post
    That doesn't look too bad, actually.
    Agreed. I actually like this part English part Dutch braid with the crisscross in the middle.

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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    Quote Originally Posted by sourgrl View Post
    Practice, practice, practice.
    I practiced changing from braiding behind my head to braiding over my shoulder in front of a mirror more times than I can count until I got my braid to look like I wanted.

    Also, I think it helps that I have this weird "spacial ability" to visualize how something looks just by feeling it.

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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    As sourgrl said, practice, practice, practice.

    You might want to try braiding down as far as you can, then holding the braid, bend over, bring the braid over your head to the front, and then continue braiding as usual.

    Don't give up! It just takes time. Practicing the braiding at bedtime is a good idea...you're not as dead focused to make it picture perfect as you would be if you were going to wear it to work, etc. Less frustration because it will only be a "bed" braid...and in time you'll get the hang of it! Good luck!

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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    If you keep working on it, you'll eventually work out how to keep track of which side got crossed over last, which is a big help.

    Another rather brilliant idea that's been floating around here (that made me say, "why didn't I think of that?!") is to lean forward and put your braid on the back of your head, braiding toward your face, instead of pulling it over your shoulder. You still have to keep track of what goes where through the transition, but it helps to minimize the twisting that happens to so many of us when we switch to over-the-shoulder.
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    Default Re: How to braid behind my head/bring it over my shoulder to finish?

    When you pull it over your shoulder, do the strands the opposite way you were doing them behind your head. So, for english. You go over the middle strand. When you pull it over the shoulder, go under the middle strand. Because you shift the braid when pulling it over your shoulder, you have to shift the way you braid it too. It's important to not twist the braid when switching.

    I don't know if I explained it correctly, but that's what I do and I don't get that criss cross thing.

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