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The Original Hair Cinch™

How to Create the Hair Cinch™ French Braid

At our shows and events, the Hair Cinch French Braid is our most popular hairstyle. With a little practice, you can install your Hair Cinch like this! It's a Cinch!

1. You begin creating this style by combing or gathering a section of hair at the crown of your head. Think of this section as your first ponytail. You can comb this section beginning at the temples, or higher if you prefer. Just make sure you gather the hair evenly from both sides.

2. When you have the crown section evenly gathered in one hand, pull it through the first loop in your Hair Cinch. Twist the leather strap once underneath, and bring the hair back through the loop, like you would a hair band or scrunchie. Cinch the bead snugly into place.

3. Use your comb or fingertips to gather the next section of hair from both sides. Bring it all together with the starting ponytail. Open up the second loop in the Hair Cinch and repeat Step 2 above. Hair through, twist, hair back through and cinch the bead.

Hint: You can create a Hair Cinch French Braid style with as few as 2 sections, and as many as there are main beads in your Hair Cinch. We typically do ours in 3 or 4 sections, which best compliments the length of our 4-Bead Hair Cinch™.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the last bead is cinched into place.

5. Finish it off by wrapping the ends around the ponytail until you can tie them in the front in an overhand or half knot, as described under our basic how-to instructions. When you are finished it should look just like the examples on this page!

Hint: Practice once or twice to the side with just some of your hair, to get the feel for it. You can also stand in front of a mirror, if that is helpful. You should have no trouble after practicing it a few times. Just be patient, and give yourself permission to practice. You didn’t always know how to put in a hair band, either. Be brave. No fear.

Remember, after you tighten a bead, you can let go of everything. You can even see what you are doing using two mirrors . You can rest your arms whenever you like. Unlike other braiding techniques, you don’t lose your work when you stop after tightening a bead!

IMPORTANT TIP: Always keep the bead you are cinching up away from the hair... at almost a 90º angle... as you slide the bead. This avoids catching hair in the bead when installing and removing your Hair Cinch™.

To remove the Hair Cinch™

Your Hair Cinch™ is designed to STAY IN PLACE until you remove it! To safely remove it, please DO NOT attempt to take the entire Hair Cinch™ out at once by uncinching more than one bead at a time. The Hair Cinch™ is best removed by uncinching ONE BEAD AT A TIME and unwrapping that section of leather from around your hair. Just the reverse of the way it went in.

Advanced Styles and Tips and for using your Hair Cinch

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