How to Beef Up Even the Scrawniest of Braids

Even if you have fine hair, your skinny little accent braids can look thicker.
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Even if you have fine hair, your skinny little accent braids can look thicker.

Y'all know I love braids. It keeps my desperately-needs-a-cut hair off my face and out of the way while still looking cute. However, I know that a lot of people struggle with braided hairstyles because they think their hair is too thin to look nice in a braid.

I’m going to show you the super-easy way to beef up any limp-noodle braid into a primo steak of a braid.

Dressing table cuties.

Dressing table cuties.

First thing you’ll need to do is give your hair some grip. There are a few ways you can do this—texture sprays, salt sprays, or volumizing powders) but today I’m using my good ol’ standby of Batiste Dry Shampoo.

I used a LOT of dry shampoo and you can’t really tell because it’s for brunettes—thanks Batiste!

I used a LOT of dry shampoo and you can’t really tell because it’s for brunettes—thanks Batiste!

This is the most powdery dry shampoo I’ve ever tried. It gives a lot of hold to hairstyles and really amps up the volume at my roots, which I love.

For this example I’m just doing a traditional three-strand braid, but this technique can be used on any type of braid.

For this example I’m just doing a traditional three-strand braid, but this technique can be used on any type of braid.

Start off with a tight and tiny little braid. If you are adding this braid as an accent to a style, as I am, you’ll need to have a grip on where the braid will end; if not, just loosely secure it with a hair tie at the end.

I only need a short braid so I’m holding it where I will end up securing it later.

I only need a short braid so I’m holding it where I will end up securing it later.

Loosen up the braid by wiggling it with your fingers. Then you will need to go though and pull on each and every strand to make it stand out. Basically, you are separating the hairs from being one mass together and spreading them out so the whole strand looks larger.

Really work the braid apart.

Really work the braid apart.

When you first start loosening your braid you will probably loose a few braid sections as they get larger, you only have so much hair. Also, depending on how tight you make it you may need to muscle the braid a little to loosen up.

Super-awkward hand position so you can actually see what I’m talking about.

Super-awkward hand position so you can actually see what I’m talking about.

When your braid is significantly looser, hold it to where you would like it to be positioned on your head. If you are doing a French braid with all your hair, just make sure the braid is sitting where you would like it; then you can fine-tune it. I pull on each and every bend in the braid to make the outer hairs go out as far as possible.

All beefed up.

All beefed up.

Just secure in place with bobby pins and admire your new ‘do. As always when testing this out, be patient and practice, it always makes it easier.

Before and after.

Before and after.

  • Do you prefer big braids or skinny braids?
  • Do you ever add accent braids to your normal hairstyles?