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Braiding is the process of interlacing three or more strands of a flexible material to create a pretty interwoven pattern. As well as braiding the hair on your head, you can braid facial hair providing it is a minimum of 2 inches long. Braided beard hair can be used to add the finishing touches to a fancy dress costume, but it also gathers the hair together and helps to keep it looking neat and tidy.

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Separate a section of beard hair you want to braid. Separate this section into three equal-sized sections of hair.

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Separate the sections of hair so they are positioned vertically parallel next to one another. Lift the section on the left-hand side over the section in the middle. Lift the section on the right-hand side over the middle section, so that it is now in the middle position. Repeat this process until you have braided the desired length of beard.

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Pinch the bottom of the braid between your ring finger and thumb. Apply a generous amount of hair wax onto the bottom of the braid to secure it in place.


If the hair wax does not keep your braid in place, simply tie a small clear hair elastic around the bottom of the braid.

Pull each section of hair with an equal amount of force to create a neat and even braid.

If you are braiding your own hair, you may find it easier to look in the mirror while you are braiding.

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