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How to Master Plaits and Braids

April 4, 2017


I set up my popular Braided Belles classes nearly three years ago after a good friend suggested I pass on my skills to fellow mums and dads. It's no secret that I love teaching parents how to master french plaits, fishtail braids, ballet buns and more on their daughters hair. Seeing each parent's satisfaction at finally being able to achieve these styles is a huge reward for me and being able to indulge in some girly hair styling (I am mum to three wonderful boys) is another bonus!


Are you a Twister?

The main problem my clients have is knowing how to hold the hair effectively. Once they have mastered this, they are up and away. I've noticed that there will be at least one person in the class who twists the hair, hence the name 'twisters'. This doesn't mean that they won't be able to nail the french plait, it just means that they make it far more complicated! My aim is to get them to hold the strands differently which enables them to crack the french plait and once they've cracked that, so many styles become achievable.


Which class is best for you?

BEGINNERS - this is aimed at anyone who struggles with french plaits and buns in particular. I also teach parents how to do a fishtail braid, a rope braid and a lace braid. By the end of the two hour class, everyone has achieved each of these styles and feeling very proud of themselves!


ADVANCED -  I teach more difficult styles including dutch braids, french and dutch fishtails, plaited buns, waterfall braids and ladder braids. The main aim is to give my clients more ideas with their hair styling.


TODDLER - this is a shorter 1 hour version on my Beginners class and I tailor the styles according to the child's hair length.


DADS - all dads are welcome to any of my classes but I do run a dads-only class aimed at perfecting the basics including ponytails, regular plaits and buns.


I also offer individual 1:1 lessons in your home and group parties.


How do I book onto a class?

Each class is £15 per adult, bring your daughter along and her hairbrush and I will supply everything else you need. You can book online at www.nicoladowney/services (select group services, the class you want and the date that works for you) and click on pay. All classes require payment up front to secure your booking.


Keep up-to-date on styles

I post new and exciting styles in my Braided Belles Facebook group so do join it!


Happy Styling x




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Wadhurst, United Kingdom