Chad Drinkwater of Suki combines a ponytail and simple plait or braid

This fish tail plaiting has been stretched out to make this alternative look by Hayle Mears



Plaiting and Braiding

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Ever wanted to know how to make a plait or braid for yourself or your daughter? This is the hair care solution with hair tips and diagrams to help you get it right. The Virtual Salon brings you some of the most enduring and beautiful ways of managing your long hair, braiding or plaiting. A good home made plait created using our information is a hair style that will impress your friends with your styling abilities. These classic plaiting styles are dateless and the various methods will suit a variety of different head and face shapes. They are also a great way of managing hair by keeping it neat and tidy and for kids that can mean nit free!

Tools and other items you will need:

  • Covered elastic bands
  • Paddle or similar brush to remove tangles
  • A little hair spray
  • A clip to keep hair not being plaited out of the way
  • Possibly a few bobby pins or grips or fine hair pin if you have layers to secure any stray bits!

Click on one of the following to find out how to plait your hair in different ways. If you have never plaited your hair before, start with the simple plait and then progress to the other variations.

If you are going to add hair extensions then why not plait then by Ashleigh Croker

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