How to Create a Three-Strand, Pull-Through Braid
As a stylist, it's important to be able to take your client's hair to the next level. Whether it's to create an intricate updo or a bouncy, voluminous blowout, backcombing is an essential skill to master.
We spotted Saretta Bowerman's (@hairbysaretta) color expertise on Instagram long before we found out she's also a master of braided styles and updos, and in 2017 named her as part of our MODERN SALON 100.
The Florida-based stylist has since solidified her styling skills and uses her platform to educate fellow stylists on key tips and tricks to being successful. When Bowerman begins a style, she always grabs one essential tool: her Jatai Teasing Comb.
"The comb is so versatile," she says. "I use it for styling, coloring, brushing out, teasing—I'm in love!"
Featuring 100% Japanese stainless steel pins, the comb's pin structure and pattern enables high volume teasing and gentle detangling. It's also thermal-, rust- and chemical-resistant, and it features an ABS resin handle with a pointed sectioning end. It's antistatic, and the coated pins won't scratch your client's scalp or break hairs.
In addition to helping her with her styling needs, Bowerman says the comb has solved the issue of clients who have hair that will not tease without a bunch of volume powder.
"This comb has solved that issue for good," she says. "It doesn't compact the tease as much as a regular rat tail comb, and it doubles as a detangling comb, too. My tools are so important to me, and this gets the job done for coloring and styling."
Below, Bowerman shows the teasing comb in action and how it helped her to create this stunning three-strand, pull-through braid:
- Tease a small section in Mohawk with the Jatai feather Teasing Comb, and secure with elastic.
- Take about 1-inch sections from the hairlines to middle of the head and secure into separate ponytails with elastic. Continue doing this down the head until nape of neck.
- Separate first section in elastic into three equal parts, separate the second section in two equal parts and weave the first and second section together pulling the second section upward (clipping the second section upward at the crown will make it easier for you).
- Secure the three strands (from the first pony section) together at the elastic of the third section. “Pull out” the braid as you go or it will get too tight.
- Split the third pony section into three equal parts, and release the second pony section from your clip at the crown. Weave the third pony section (3 parts) around the second section (2 parts) that you just released pulling the third pony section up into your clip at the crown.
- Repeat these steps all the way down until you reach the nape.
- Repeat the steps down through the ponytail and secure each new section a little farther down the ponytail.