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Step 3: Start braiding. Alternately pull each outer section under the center one, rather than over. Braid each piece one time to create an "anchor" at the scalp.
Step 4: Then, each time you pass an outer section under the center, pick up small strands from the hair just outside the section and pull them into the braid as you go — that holds the braid close to the head. Keep it as tight as possible to avoid a loose or buckled look. Angle down so that the braid starts to follow the natural shape of the head.
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