Get top tails for show hunters with step-by-step tail braiding tips.
Begin with a freshly shampooed tail. Although you can use a conditioner, avoid any coat polish or detangler, as it will make the hair slick. You aren’t ready to braid until you can easily comb through the hair without encountering any snags.
|Using the three sections, begin your French braid.|
|Approximately two inches from the end of the tail bone, stop French braiding…|
|…and incorporate the three sections of hair you hold into a simple “pigtail” braid, about six inches long|
|Fold your yarn in half and incorporate it into the braid and continue for another two inches before |
|For a secure knot, wrap both pieces of yarn around the bottom of the pigtail while forming a small loop with your index finger, then feed the yarn ends back through and pull taut, in a sort of half-hitch knot.|
There are three ways to finish the job.
To create the stylish pinwheel, braid down into your pigtail; then split the hair into two equal sections, each one containing a strand of yarn.
Roll the braid upward in a tight pinwheel, with each section of hair on either side of your coil.
Continue rolling tightly.
Once the pinwheel is nestled against the French braid and the tail bone, find each piece of yarn and make a knot beneath the pinwheel.
Then bring the yarn ends together above the pinwheel and knot again, right against the French braid.
For some extra security, knot above and below the pinwheel a few more times. Snip off any excess yarn.
The most expedient finish is the trendy wrap technique.
Wrap the pigtail braid once around the dock.
Tuck the end under the loop of braid, gently pulling any unbraided tail hair along.
|A Strong Finish: To help strengthen your French braid for a long day of showing, and to help it lie straight, pull through several short pieces of yarn under it and knot on top. This treatment also adds a|