Help ease my braiding frustration!!
I'm braiding Comet's mane in hunter braids for a show, and they are coming out sucky (hey, admitting you have a problem is the first step.)
It's because of the loose ends, though. (oh, now I'm denying my problem. Back to square one.)
No, but in all seriousness, it is the loose ends. Since his mane is wiry and whatnot (well, duh. All horses' are.) They stick out and make the braids look rather horrible.
I've tried doubling the braid with a band, but its not helping!
maybe try wetting or misting the mane withh water before you start or as you go or try using some cheap hair gel in the braid. hope this helps:D
Sometimes a light misting of hairspray on each section just before you braid will keep those flyaways in the braid instead of sticking out. But you have to rewash the mane after unbraiding.
What braiding technique are you using? Braiding with yarn is probably the best for dealing with flyaways; when you knot the yarn at the end of the braid, you try to catch as many of the loose ends as possible in the knot, so they are hidden when you pull up the braid.
Two other tips: use a small squirt bottle to wet just the section of hair you'll be working on, right before you braid it. Braid tightly, twisting the hair slightly as you braid (totally different than braiding your own hair) for a more controlled braid.
You can experiment with various hair gels, but be careful, you want to avoid anything that will make the horses' mane slick or slippery.
Also, how well is the horse's mane pulled? I take a *lot* more care about thickness and evenness when pulling a horse's mane that I know will be braided. A correctly pulled mane is much easier to braid.
Wetting it with water, then braid it nice and tight, then hairspray when done to keep it nice. Also, it could depend on the type of braid you use...
Is this the hair that pokes out at the tail end that just doesn't seem to keep in the braid? Because if this is so, don't pull it all the way through. Pull it through so you have a little loop there and that will keep the hair lying flatter in that part of the braid.
I have also seen , though not tried, a product specifically made for helping with braiding, I think it was by Mane and Tail....
Has any one tried that product? Did it make a big difference?
I use Quic Braid and it definatly helps!
My method :)
Tools: Small pulling comb (not for pulling but it helps separate hair)
two hair clips
sport hair gel
aerosol hairspray (other hairspray works too but this is the best I find)
elastic bands (easier than yarn)
some form of detangler if needed.
Method: Start by brushing it all out with the hairbrush to prevent from tearing out their mane. Spray in a little detangler but do not soak it or it will be too slippery. Start from their head end of the mane and separate a piece of mane about an inch and a half and clip back the rest of the mane with the clips. Put a small amount of hair gel in your hands and put it into that bit of mane, then proceed to braid, leaving only about 2cm of hair after the elastic. Add a little hairspray and then repeat with a new bit of mane. Wait to bun until the entire mane has been braided. Work from the head end again and bun, add elastic and then add hairspray/gel to any flyaways.
Works everytime for perfect buns!
Oh and make sure to wash the mane before hand and let it dry before attempting to braid.
Bun or button braids are not the norm for hunters. :-) This is what hunter braids are supposed to look like:
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