Craft: Valentino Braid


1. Brush your hair to remove any knots.

2. Divide hair into three sections – one across forehead, one over crown of head, and one along nape of neck.

3. Take the middle hair section at the crown and divide it into three parts. Next, start making a French braid starting from 2cm above left ear and working to the right ear. (Some hair should be left free over the left ear.)

4. Once at the right ear start braiding in the hair across the forehead going back to the left.

5. Now back at the left temple, start using the hair that was left over the left ear and French braid down and along the lower back of the head finishing with a ‘tail’ until you get a full circle.

6. Once the end of the braid meets the beginning, tie with a thin hair elastic and tuck it back underneath the French braid across the forehead. Pin in place.


1. Start by separating a hair section from the rest of the hair.

2. Next, divide it into three equal sections. Begin braiding by crossing the right section over the strand in the middle. The right-hand strand should now be the middle strand.

3. Then, cross the left strand over the middle strand.

4. Next, pick up a section of hair from the right side of the head and add it to the right section. Cross the entire right strand over to the middle.

5. Then, take a section of hair from the left side of the head and add this to the left strand. Cross the left section over the middle section.

6. Repeat these steps and finish with a simple braid.

First published in Peninsula Kids – Winter 2017


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