How-To Video: Outside Plait

If you type #braids into the Instagram search bar, nearly six million posts come up—a perfect example of just how timeless and desirable braided styles are. Though braids have evolved over time, and there are countless ways to weave your client's hair, mastering the basics is essential to upping your braid game. 

In this how-to video, Sam Villa (@samvillahair) and Andrew Carruthers (@andrew.carruthers), Education Director for Sam Villa are going back to the basics with part two of a three-part video series covering the fundamentals of braiding. In part one, we learned how to create an inside plait. Today, Villa and Carruthers are walking us through the rhythm of an outside plait, utilizing a "stacked position" which keeps one hand to be free at all times, making it easier to add hair with more control. Watch below to learn more. 


  • Learn the rhythm. Using a stacked position, place your middle finger over top of your index finger when pinching the middle strand. Palm, pinch, stack repetitively.
  • Start with a diagonal forward section and slice three sections through it. 
  • Palm middle, pinch right X and stack. Repeat on left; palm middle, pinch left X and stack. 
  • When you palm, clean up your sections with your free hand.
  • Work with a tail comb when braiding as it helps to give you the sectioning that you need. 
  • If needed, practice on rope to master the palm and pinch motion before moving onto hair. 

About: Sam Villa is Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken and Founding Partner of the Sam Villa brand (Allvus, LLC), designed to bring “More Sam to More People.” The educational world of this Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007), Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015), can be experienced on


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