Hair: BraidsBy Rio
First of all, separate the hair into three sections. Try to make them the same size as much as possible.
So when you _are_ drawing braids, make sure that they actually connect with one another and not just drawn for the sake of it.
If you didn't notice yet, braids are kinda tear or heart shaped. Oh yeah, you can simplify the braid and not add too many details if you want. Some braided hair examples are Hikaru from Rayearth, Miyuki from You're Under Arrest!, and Ranma from Ranma 1/2.
Here are some examples of other ways braids can be put on the hair from very intricate to very simple drawing style.
Some more examples of how braids can be used on the hair!
Here's some more tips on how to draw braids if the above instructions didn't sink in..
This example to the left shows the basics of drawing a
braid at its side. Notice the shape of the braid is pretty
much the same shape of a parallelogram repeated over and
draw the hair as it turns to a braid, this is how it is
done shown to the right. What happens is that there is three
sections that form a "V" shape. One on each side
and a smaller one in the middle.
Finish off a braid as shown in the example below. See the
second drawing down below? That is the basic skeleton of
a braid as it ends with an item to hold the braid in place.
The last two images shows different ways of tying a braid
- rubber band and beads. A ribbon can be used too.