There are myriad of ways you can explore a beauty school head while trying to polish your hairdresser skills. Braiding is one of the vastest categories of styling, so there is definitely much to learn when doing it. This article comprises the best braiding techniques every aspiring cosmetology student should try on a practicing mannequin head. 

1. Classical 3-strand braid

The 3-strand braid is perfect for newbies, as it is the easiest type of braiding that even an amateur can master without much difficulty. It implies parting the available amount of hair into 3 sections and crossing each section over one another until you reach the tips where you have to tie the hair off. 

2. Dutch braid

Working out a Dutch braid is a bit difficult. It follows the 3-strand principle, but you have to work with two braids and you have to start from the top of the scalp. Divide the entire hair into two large sections. Then part each section into 3 strands and start to braid in the well-known manner. You are good to clip the section you aren't currently working on, as to avoid the hair from interfering with braiding another section. As you are done with the first braid, secure it with a clip and proceed with the second braid. Don't forget to follow the exact braid frequency in both sections to ensure they look identically. 

3. Rope braid

 The rope braid style can be both 1-sectioned and 2-sectioned. The only difference with the above-mentioned techniques is the number of strands. A rope braid involves only two strands. The reduced number of strands makes the braiding process flow easier, as all you have to do is to alternate the two shafts over each other until you reach the end. Keep in mind that 2 strands create less friction than 3 strands, hence the 2-strand braid can deteriorate faster. That's why you have to ensure you twist the sections tightly.     

4. Fishtail braid

If you want to try something more adventurous on a beauty school head, you can try the challenging fishtail braid. The work on this braid is tedious and requires a keen eye for detail as well as patience. First off, divide the hair into two sections. Take a tiny piece of hair from the outside of one section, cross it over and add it to the opposing section. Then, take a tiny strand from the opposing section, cross it over and add it to the other section. Keep doing this tedious task over and over until you reach the end of the hair. Avoid leaving gaps between braids, as it will not look aesthetic. The tiny sections of hair must lie compact to achieve the desired fishtail appearance.   

5. Plait braid

The plait braid also belongs to the high end of the difficulty spectrum. Although it follows the 3-strand alternating braiding technique, it implies more strands, which makes it difficult to remember the sequence of the sections. A plait braid mostly has 4 or 5 strands. However, you can part the hair in as many sections as you want as far as the length and density of your hair allows it. The final result will somehow resemble the fishtail braid. While such a braid looks effective, you want to make sure your fingers are flexible enough to handle the large number of strands at once. Also, you want to make sure your memory and concentration are developed to allow you to track each strand.   

6. Multiple braids

While seeming difficult at first sight, everyone can try this braiding style on a beauty school head. Part the hair in 3 or 4 sections and braid them using the classical 3-strand technique. As you finish braiding all sections, you need to plait them together into a single braid. The final result looks really eye-catching and outstanding. 


If you want to make the best use of a beauty school head, you can try a wide variety of braiding techniques. You want to start with the easy ones, such as classical 3-strand braid and rope braid, then step up your game with more sophisticated styles, such as fishtail and plait braid that require outstanding finger flexibility, good memory and stress-resistance in performing tedious tasks.