Zig-zags and Curves

Once you’ve mastered flat twists and cornrows, the next step is to learn how to create advanced designs involving curves and zigzags.

First, let’s look at what we don’t want to do and then what we want to do, and then what we do:

Incorrect CurveCorrect Curve
In the photo on the left, the hair is parted in a curvy pattern, but the braids are straight.  This is because the curves are not acute (sharp) enough, and there was not enough slack given so that the braids could follow the curves.

In the photo on the right, the curves are parted more sharply, so it is easier to follow them while braiding.  Also, more slack was given so that the braid bunches instead of stretching out.

So now you may be asking: How do I add slack?

It is very simple.  When you’re approaching a curve, do a regular braid stitch.  This means don’t pick up any hair like you would normally do for a cornrow.  For smaller curves, it may only take one or two,
or you may do a normal stitch and a pick up stitch at 1:1 intervals.  For bigger curves, you may need to do two normal stitches for every pick up stitch until you get through a curve.

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