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Braiding fine hair is challenging for a couple of reasons. First, fine hair breaks easily, making it unwise to place too much tension on the hair. Secondly, fine hair lies flat to the head, which is not ideal for many braid styles. There are several types of braids that are ideal for fine hair. However, corn-row braids and tiny braids should be avoided.


Classic French braids are perfect for fine, thin hair. French braids are created by sweeping all of the hair back from the front hairline section by section in order to construct a braid that runs from the center top of the head and down the back of the head.

Reverse French

The reverse French braid is very similar to the French braid. The difference is that the braiding process is reversed, so that the inside of the braid is exposed. The finished result appears as if there is a separate, braided cord of hair lying on top of the head.


The fishbone braid is another variation of the French braid. However, extremely small sections are used for braiding, and the hair is held out straight from the head rather than close to the nape when braiding. The result is a loose braid that has a delicate, fishbone shape.


The clutch braid is a simple braid that is created by pulling the hair back to the nape and braiding the hair that is below the gathering point.


Double braids are created by parting the hair straight down the middle and French braiding both sides.

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Kathy Mayse began her writing career as a reporter for "The Jackson-County Times Journal" in 2001. She was promoted to assistant editor shortly after. Since 2005, she has been busy as a successful freelancer specializing in Web content. Mayse is a licensed cosmetologist with more than 17 years of salon experience; most of her writing projects reflect this experience.