Thursday, July 21, 2016

tips for learning to braid your own hair

Hey guys!
If you peaced out because you aren't into vacation posts, i'm back! It's me! Haha!

Maybe it's an ADD thing, but often times I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and can't go back to sleep because I can't stop thinking about it. I literally keep a pen and paper by my bed so I can wake up and write down what i'm thinking about so I can let it go and go to sleep! Some of those ideas are blog post ideas! They are all just stacked up into my drafts, usually with just a title and nothing else. 
This is one I have been thinking about for a while because everyone always asks me how I did my braids! I'm not an expert at all, but I can successful fishtail, dutch braid, french braid, etc etc etc on my own head. This is kind of a miracle for me, I realize as I am writing for an education blog that focuses on developmental disorders that I don't have very good fine motor skills. My fingers...don't work. I constantly am dropping things, messing things up, I even type real weird. My handwriting is horrible, another classic sign. So by all definition I shouldn't be able to braid! But I can!

So how did I learn? This might be obvious, but I watched a loooooot of Twist Me Pretty Tutorials....

....and then I stopped looking in the mirror.

I realized most of braiding is getting the movements right, and I figured out that I could braid way better without a mirror than I can with one! 
I started learning with a dutch french braid. The strands have to go under each other instead of on top. Once I stopped looking at my movements in the mirror and did it by how it felt, my braids were perfect!
That was a few years ago and  to this day, I can't braid looking in a mirror! 
So if you struggle with braiding, try that!

Also, I was supposed to have a vlog for today but I failed. Wah wah. Hopefully it can get made before next week! 

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