I have recently discovered the total awesomeness of braids. I am not great with hair…no talent in that area at all. However, my hair is on the long side and I get tired of the single ponytail or basic bun look.
Based on my overall lack of hand coordination when attempting anything more complicated than putting my hair up with a jaw hair clip, I was still skeptical when we were sent The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith. Color me incorrect, because this is a terrific collection of doable looks that anyone from the novice to the expert will appreciate.
There are 50 different looks in The New Braiding Handbook, each one with step by step instructions and photographs. The looks are as easy as a Basic French Braid, and as complicated as a French Braided Pompadour. It has excellent instructions that even a novice like me can follow and the pictures to go along with the instructions are clear and very helpful.
I love how right at the beginning of the book there are photos and page numbers for every single style so it’s easy to find exactly what you want quickly. Looks range from super casual to extremely elegant, like knots, twists, and double braids. Most surprising to me was the section on styles using a Topsy Tail.
There is also some insightful information and tips on hair care in general, like using dry shampoo and determining different hair types. I love the section on using hair tools like straighteners and curling irons for both braided and non-braided looks. Plus, there are instructions for fantastic easy looks that don’t even require braiding, like the Perfect Ponytail.
Ok, so I am not even close to being great at braiding my hair yet…but with this book, I am making progress and am able to do much more than just a basic braid on myself and on my daughters. I keep this book right by my mirror and keep trying new styles every single day. The New Braiding Handbook can be found at bookstores like Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, and even Walmart.
If you are at all interested in any sort of updo, you will definitely love this book! - Lisa
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