Braid Technique: Hunter Braid

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Create a neat Hunter-style braid for Hunter competitions with these easy to follow tips:

  1. Divide the hair neatly into small sections, using a clip if necessary to keep the hair from falling back into place.
  2. In your first section, divide the hair into three equal parts. Take the outer piece of hair from the right and pull it tightly over so it becomes the centre strand. Do the same with the left hand side piece and repeat until you have braided to the end of the hair. Remember to keep the same tension in the braid and to plait downwards instead of towards you.
  3. If you are using a needle and thread, about half way down the braid, include the thread in the plait. Have it folded in half so that you can include two threads through the plait to easily tie off at the end. If you are not threading, use a rubber band to tie off the end and fold the ends over to create a neat finish.
  4. Fold the braid in half under itself and pull the thread through to the top of the plait, without allowing the plait end to poke through. If you have used a rubber band, you will need to sew in the thread now
  5. Tie off the thread neatly, circling it around the top of the braid, and cut close to the hair.
  6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 until the whole mane has been completed in the same way. If you prefer, you can plait the whole mane before you loop them around and secure them.

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