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(no subject) [Sep. 25th, 2007|11:35 pm]
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I just posted more pictures of my braids on my journal, feel free to look and comment, critique or ask how to :)
heres one of the new ones, maybe it'll make you wanna see the others :)
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New! [Aug. 27th, 2007|09:47 pm]
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[Current Location |McLean, VA]
[music |The Wonder Years on TV]

Hello! I'm new to this community and also completely new to the wonderful world of braiding. :)

A quick history of my hair.Collapse )

Anyway, now that I'm growing out my hair, I want to start practicing braiding early. I know I don't have all THAT much hair, but I obviously have enough since it was long enough to put up into a beautiful zig-zag braid while I was at the Maryland Renaissance Festival this weekend. Here are a couple of pictures!Collapse )

Does anyone have any suggestions for good step-by-step, do-it-yourself tutorials with images that aren't exclusive to very long hair? Thanks! :)
♥ Ale
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a lot of beginner questions^^ [Apr. 22nd, 2007|07:46 pm]
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a friend asked me to braid her hair mixing it with synthetic hair and i think i can handle it, but i need some hints, like - how much synthetic hair will i need? the same amount as the natural hair? more? less? is it up to me to decide? i don't know how much to buy, and it's not exactly cheap...

also, i think i know how to start a braid with the extra hair, but i have no idea how to end it. when i braid people, i usually just put tiny rubber bands a few cm from the ends of the hair, but i've always seen braids with synthetic hair ended with no bands at all, looking like they've been heat-sealed or something... how do i do that? also, my friend's hair is a bit uneven as she's growing out her bangs... any extra tips how to handle that little problem? i guess add more hair in the front...?

just so you know, i'm not a complete beginner to hairbraiding^^ i just prefer cornrows and french braids and five-strand braids and other things like that... all natural, never tried synthetic... a bit of "stage-fright", i guess. :) here's a photo gallery of some people who kindly allowed me to play with their hair :)
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2007|09:52 pm]
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I'm sorry to barge in like this, but I'm trying to find someone in the Philadelphia area who could braid my hair for an event in a couple of weeks, and am having no luck. Does anyone know of someone in my area, or even within short Amtrak distance (maybe as far as Baltimore or New York)?
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(no subject) [Jan. 16th, 2007|11:37 pm]
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I got kind of bored earlier and since I had freshly washed (and yet still strangely dirty) hair, I decided to try another crown braid. I first did one of these a few years ago with the directions on dreamweaverbraiding.com, but it was really hard to get it even, because the directions there seem to assume that you can see the back of your head as you braid. A few months ago I found a new set of directions in longhair in the memories section and tried again. I find these ones to be a lot easier (either that or my braiding skills have improved). Anyway, this was supposed to be a full crown braid but ended up being half of one, because there was too much difference in the thickness of the beginning and the end of the crown part (if that makes sense). There's three or four bobby pins, with one of them hiding the tie, and the very end is just loose.

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(no subject) [Oct. 4th, 2006|05:14 pm]
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[mood |accomplished]

So sometimes my sister likes to use my hobby to her advantage. A while ago she was watching project runway and she saw the host of the show wearing a cute stylish braided hairstyle. She immediately brought me in front of the t.v. and asked me to recreate it. I only saw certain angles of the hairstyle but I managed to do it. Her hair was perfect for the style because it is CRAZY curly, unlike mine. The cool thing about it is that it's kind of an up to date way of braiding your hair, and I just love that.

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Concerning the Braiding and Cutting of Hair [Sep. 25th, 2006|12:31 am]
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So I recently had a difficult experience. I've had a hard time talking about it to people, because on the surface it shouldn't have bothered me so much. But it did, and it occurs to me now that perhaps this community might be the right place to post about it.

The story of a good deed and the consequences beneath the cut.Collapse )

Thanks for reading. I'd love to hear from anyone else who has had to do something like this, and how they dealt with it.
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(no subject) [Sep. 24th, 2006|10:19 pm]
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[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

I want to get something straight...I havn't donated my hair yet..in fact my cut off 17 inches of hair is sitting in my laundry room...I didn't know that locks of love was a "scam" so don't treat me like criminal..I'm just someone who wants to give to a cause...so if you know of a GOOD cause then just tell me...don't shoot down a stranger whose INTENTIONS are good.

I just wanted to help people....
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(no subject) [Sep. 24th, 2006|07:55 pm]
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how stupid was I to think that any of you guys would be happy for me...
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? [Sep. 4th, 2006|09:04 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

well this IS a braiding community so I'm sure someone can answer a couple questions I have...

I see a lot of those little flowers that a few of you use to decorate the braids...where can I buy those..and how securely do they stay in your hair?

I know how to do a round and flat four strand braid...but how do you get them in the dutch style to where they pop out...I'm having trouble with that...it seems crazy to me that I can do a dutch 5 strand but not those other two...

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