Hairstylist Joel Benjamin knows 60 different braids and counting (check out the proof on his Instagram - he's doing a
100braidsofhappy challenge), and insists there are braids to suit any hair type. We put him to the test by letting him loose on four different hair types: fine, shortish, coily and kinky hair, and asking him to show us just how to achieve his pro braids at home. Here's how he styles shortish hair...STEP ONESection your hair into four to make the braid easier, using the picture above as a rough guide . Leave the bottom section out so there's something for your braid to 'fall' into.
STEP TWO Take three strands of hair from one side of your head, they can be as big or as little as you like, we went quite big. Start braiding by taking the outer strand over the middle, then repeat once. Then, instead of continuing with the same strands, drop the right one and pick up another piece of hair in it's place, plait that over the central strand, then drop it and pick up another piece of hair. Repeat until you get to the center of your scalp and secure with a hairgrip.
STEP THREE Repeat step two on the opposite side, try and make them as even as possible. Join in the middle, then continue down the rest of your hair in a normal plait, then secure with a hair band.