How to Draw a Hair Braid – Step by Step

A step by step tutorial on how to draw a hair braid

Hey there all you creative people (meaning you… YOU!)

Woopeee, I’m so excited for today’s post! It’s been a while since I made a drawing tutorial and thought today was the day to do it. You guys seemed to like the last one I did (how to draw Rapunzel’s eyes) and I sure hope you like this one too. 

Remember, everyone has an inner artist, including you. You don’t have to create an amazingly intricate masterpiece to be considered an artist! Passion and practice is all you need. We all start from nothing, right?

Now, in no way do I consider myself a great drawer, but I love, love, love to draw! I especially love drawing hair because it is relatively simple and looks suupeerrr cool. Today I’m going to show you how I like to draw hair, so follow along and let’s get drawing together!

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What you’ll need:

I used a pen for the sake of this tutorial, but I’d recommend using a 2B pencil if this is your first time.

Steps:

1. Draw a large circle to mark the shape of the head (it doesn’t have to be neat because you won’t be able to see it later anyway). Then, under, draw a neck. After that, make a little dot a few units under the circle. (See where I did mine).

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2. From that dot you just made, draw a little curved line to meet the edge of the circle.

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4. Make another mark above the dot, then draw another curve to join the other at the edge of the circle. This forms a leaf-like shape.

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5. Now, above the leaf-like shape you just made, draw another two curves to form another “leaf”.

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6. And another one…

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7. And another one…

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8. After you’ve made 4 “leaves”, add more curves to meet the edge of the circle to create more hair waves.

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9. Make the braid more detailed by adding even more curves, like I’ve done here…

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10. Draw a faint line straight down from the bottom of the curves you just made.

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11. On one side of the line, draw more connecting curves to create half the plait.

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12. Do the same for the opposite side to complete the braid outline. Then, draw a little bow at the end, as well as loose strands of hair.

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13. Time for shading. I like to work in each section of the hair individually. To do this, all you have to do is make inward flicks with your pencil/pen from the corners of each “leaf”. Try not to apply too much pressure on the flicks because you want them to look as natural as possible. Think of it as making little ticks in a workbook: apply more pressure at the beginning then less as you remove the pen.

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14. Keep shading each section of the hair by making quick flicks of all different sizes. Try not to think about it too much. (Just go with the flow, man).

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15. Almost there…

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16. Now all that’s left to do is shade in the remaining bow and loose hair.

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Now you’re done!

How did you go? I bet yours looks great!

Here’s a summary to recap everything we just did:

A step by step tutorial on how to draw a hair braid - By Miss Caly

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful.

Practice makes perfect!

With love,

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