By Ronnie Williams
Using your fingertips you will create a free-falling braid. Section the hair into 3 parts. Label these parts left, middle and right. Hold the left portion between your pinky and ring fingers. The middle section should be held between your left index and thumb while the right section is between the index and thumb fingers of your right hand. Use your middle fingers to control the flow of the braid. To execute the braid, place the middle section over the left and the new middle section over the right section. Repeat this process until the braid is complete. Pull the hair gently and apply due tension to create a neat braid.
Using your fingers, from the tips to the knuckles, you will create a braid along the scalp. Part hair into the direction you want the braid to follow.
Start at the tip of the braid and section the hair once again into 3 parts (left, middle and right). Hold the left section between your middle and ring fingers of your left hand. The middle section should be held between your left index and thumb fingers. The right section should be held between your right index and thumb. To start, place the middle section over the left section, and then the new middle section over the right, gripping hair from under as you braid downward and repeat. Be sure to apply tension as you go down for a secure braid. At the end of your braid, commence box-braiding and seal.
Grab 2 handfuls of hair, or part hair into halves. As you grip the 2 sections (left and right), pull hair from the outside of the left section and apply it to the right section. Pull hair from the outside of the right section and apply it to the left section. You should see the hair forming ‘X” formations. Pull tightly and do NOT let go of the sections. When pulling hair, hold the sections tightly in between fingertips. After joining new hair, pull tightly and continue.
A rat-tail comb can be used for assistance. Repeat this process to the end of the braid. This same method applies for free-falling fish-bone braids and fish-bones along the scalp.
To begin this braid, section the hair into 3 sections (left, middle and right). Like the corn-row, this braid will run along the scalp. The left section should be held between your left middle and thumb fingers. The middle section should be held between your left index and thumb. The right section should be held between your right thumb and index fingers. Place the right section over the middle and then the left section over the new middle section.
Remember to grab hair from under your fingers as you braid downward.
Apply tension and repeat this process all the way to the end of the braid.
**Decorate your braids with anything from glass beads to cowry shells**