I feel like an idiot, but I cannot French braid my own hair. I understand the concept, but when I try to do it, it ends up looking very sad. I can do a standard three-strand English braid, but that's not the look I want.
About 7 or 8 years ago, there used to be a plastic tool sold to help a person French braid their hair. It was essentially a bar with a number of stubby finger-like projections on the top, each lined between the next with a foam to hold the hair. A person divided their hair into sections, inserted them into the slots, and then added a new strand in according to the directions. I may even still have that device, but the directions are long lost.
Anyway, my question is whether anyone has seen this device or tool anywhere or if there is another tool that helps the hair inept French braid (or Dutch braid) their own hair. I've seen a "sports braider" but I do not know how that works or whether it works. I know it remains in the hair, which seems odd. Any suggestions would be welcome!
YES! This is the tool, and it turns out that I actually still have it. However, as I had feared, I've lost the directions. Anyone know the slot orders? I suppose I can draw it and figure it out... hopefully!
Thank you! The instructions were there in Kittie's post and I never saw them. Thanks for linking directly to them, missmustard. I have now printed them and will give this a go in the morning! Thank you guys SO MUCH!
I first learned how to do these on a barbie doll, got good enough at it then started trying it on myself. The only one I have prob with are the 4 and over strand braids, but over/unders are easy peazy these days.
YES! The tool (with the instructions posted) works well for me. The only thing I need to be careful of is to pull the strands tight and occasionally push the tool up. I also need to make sure to take small strands, otherwise it IS French braided, but looks silly/sloppy because it barely looks woven at all. It does get very slightly looser at the bottom, but that is mostly because the strands of hair get pulled up to join the braid/tool, and so when everything is done, it sags a bit. But I have seen this happen on French braids that are done without a tool, too. If a person is careful to use small pieces and pull them snugly, it isn't noticeable at all.
I've also found that practicing with the tool helps me better understand the non-tool using directions and why it is important to hold certain strands with your ring and pinkie fingers. I even tried (without the tool) a Dutch braid today. It was a complete and utter failure, but I at least understand the concept now. Perhaps with some practice things will get better. I believe it would be impossible to do a Dutch braid with the tool.
Thanks again for finding the directions! This board is a life-saver!