If you’re new to the kink of things and aren’t sure how to incorporate them into your braids, this is for you. Beaded hair can be a tricky task to get right, so this is for you if you’re new to the kink of things. Beads are almost always worked into braids at some point during the process of making them; however, determining exactly when this happens can be challenging. Bead streaks, bead locs, and any other hairstyle in which beads are simply sewn into the hair rather than woven through with a needle and thread are not to be confused with the bead process that is used to make braids. Nor should the bead process be confused with the bead process that is used to make braids. Before adding a bead to a braid, you need to check to see that it already has its own individual loop so that the bead can be added without causing knots. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about untying any knots in order to add them, and the process will be simple and straightforward for you. So, let’s get started!
First things first, determine how long you want your finished braid to be.
This is an important first step because it will help you determine exactly how many beads in total you will need for your braid as well as how many loops you will need to make. When you get to the end of your braid, you won’t have to worry about having either too many or too few beads and having to start the process all over again. If you are doing the measurements for a French braid, for instance, you will need to add approximately one inch of beads to each side of the braid so that it appears normal. Therefore, in order to create a braid with a length of two inches, you will need to string four beads along each side of the braid. You will require more beads if you want your braid to be longer than it currently is.
Each bead should have a tiny loop added to it.
This can be accomplished in a few different ways; however, the most important thing is to ensure that it is done correctly. You can create a loop with a small crochet hook or a needle in order to string the bead onto your hair. Alternatively, you can use a needle. Because it is possible to add multiple beads to your hair at the same time when using the latter method, beaded locs and large braids are frequently created using this technique. You can only add a few beads at a time using the needle because of its size. However, the end result of either method will be the same: a small loop will be created at the base of the bead, making it possible for you to add the bead to your braid without having to worry about knots.
Continue braiding the rest of your hair, taking care not to create too many knots in the process.
It is essential that you pay attention to this detail in order to avoid accidentally removing the beads that you have so painstakingly affixed to your hair. Because you’ve attached loops to each bead, it won’t be necessary for you to undo any of the knots in your braid in order to incorporate the beads into it. However, if you braid the rest of your hair and end up creating a lot of knots in the process, you might end up having to undo some of those braids. Take care to not create an excessive amount of knots right from the beginning. If you want to incorporate beads into a fishtail braid, make sure you don’t braid your hair too tightly. Otherwise, you won’t have enough room for all of the beads in the braid.
When you get down to the final few inches, add the last of your beads by stringing them through the small loops.
When you get to this step, you will be able to incorporate all of the beads that you have previously added to your hair. Be sure that the last few beads you add to your braid are the ones that you want to be seen the most often or that have the most significance in relation to your hairstyle. If you are doing a French braid, for instance, you might want to add a few larger beads on each side of your head to represent the different sections of the French braid that you are creating. You can also add beads to signify your hair growth. If you are doing fishtail braids, you might want to add a bead to each side of the braid, or one larger bead on each side, to represent the two braids that you are creating. You also have the option of adding one bead to each individual side of the braid.
The completed braids should be completely free of knots and have the same appearance as your typical braids when they are finished.
When you are finished plaiting your braid, there should be no knots in it, and it should look exactly the same as any other braid you have woven in the past. If there are any knots in it, you need to go back and untangle them. You should be well on your way to producing beautiful bead braids that are free of knots after completing these three steps. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, this process should only take a few minutes more of your time than regular braiding would once you’ve gotten the hang of it. If you do your braids in this manner, you won’t need to sew beads into your hair or use a ton of different accessories; instead, you’ll be able to add some extra personality and flair to your hairstyle thanks to this fabulous technique.