A "Padawan" braid, or "Jedi" apprentice, became popular after the premiere of the prequels to the Star Wars saga, or "Star Wars." It is a thin braid that starts at the nape of the neck. It can be a fun hairstyle for any given day or for a special occasion, like a convention. If you want to create an apprentice braid, simply tie your hair into a bun and then create a thin braid with a strand from the nape. Once you're done, you'll have a cool Star Wars-inspired look.
Part 1 of 3: dividing hair into sections
Step 1. Apply a small amount of styling gel to your hair
It's a good idea to apply just a little bit of this product before starting to create the braid. This way, it will be easier to shape it. You can use a mousse or another type of gel on your hair, depending on what you prefer, before you start.
If you prefer to use fewer products, add the gel only to the strand at the nape of the neck. This is the part that you are going to braid
Step 2. Hold the top half of your hair
Use a brush to gather all the hair towards the top of the head. You can use your ears as a guide. The idea is to pin everything that is above the imaginary line in a ponytail.
Step 3. Separate a section of hair at the nape of the neck
Padawan braids are very thin, so ideally you should only take a thin section from the back of your neck. The idea is that you can hold it with just your thumb and index finger. Temporarily secure it with an elastic or ponytail.
The size of the strand will depend on factors such as the thickness of the hair. If you're not used to braiding, try using a slightly larger section, as this will be easier for a beginner to handle. As you get more comfortable with braids, you can start creating thinner ones
Step 4. Separate the rest of the hair
After separating the thin section, take the rest of the hair from the back. You only need a small section to create the braid. You can pin the rest of the hair in the same ponytail that you created in previous steps.
Once you are ready to braid, you can remove the temporary elastic
Part 2 of 3: Braiding the hair
Step 1. Brush the strand to undo any knots
Take a small brush or comb and use it to comb the section to be braided. It is important that you have your hair detangled before starting to create a braid.
Step 2. Dampen the strand
Getting the part of your hair to be braided wet can help you have more control, especially if you tend to have trouble keeping sections separate. You can dip the strand in water or use your hands to wet it. Just make sure your hair is damp before you start.
Step 3. Create a tight braid
Separate the strand into three relatively equal sections. Then braid the hair in such a way that it is as tight as possible. It starts close to the nape and ends at the ends.
Step 4. Dry the strand
Hold the end of the braid with your thumb and index finger. With your other hand, direct the heat from the dryer to the swinging braid. Continue until the braid is completely dry to the touch.
Step 5. Secure the braid with an elastic
Once the braid is dry, you'll need to make sure it doesn't come apart. You can take a small hair elastic and place it on the ends of the braid until it is tight.
Part 3 of 3: Pin the rest of the hair in a ponytail or bun
Step 1. Remove the temporary elastic and leave the rest of the hair loose
In general, the hairstyle of a "Padawan" is characterized by the ponytail or bun in which the rest of the hair is attached, in addition to the braid. Ideally, the tail or bow should be straight, so it is better to loosen your hair to reattach it more neatly and according to the style you prefer.
Step 2. Brush the hair
Use a brush to smooth the surface of the hair. This way, it will look more neat and even when you pin it in the ponytail.
Make sure you don't accidentally touch the braid while brushing the rest of the hair. You can pull it to the opposite side of the braid while you style it
Step 3. Pin the parted hair into a bun or ponytail
After brushing well, you just have to create the ponytail and secure it with an elastic or a ponytail. If you want, you can twist the hair into a bun and secure it with clips or other elastic.