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There are some skills every mom should attempt to have in her arsenal, and braiding is one of them. Sure, it’ll take some practice, but the outcome is always precious, cute and adorable. Now, your daughter might not want braids at all, and that’s totally okay, but if she does, we talked to Instagram braid star Nina Starck about how she got started and what to do if you’re just getting into it. She’s a Danish mom with a full-time job, a daughter and she’s a self-made braiding pro. So, yeah, no excuses!

HOW DO YOU START?

Starck recommends picking up the basics first. Sure, you could just start fussing about with your daughter’s hair, but she’s probably not going to like it. “You can find tons of tutorials for every technique (like the Elsa-inspired Dutch fishtail braid, waterfall braid, double Dutch braid or a Lauren Conrad fishtail), and for each technique there is a lot to choose from,” she tells us. “I would recommend learning the Fishtail Braid or the Dutch Braid first.”

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HOW DO YOU GET YOUR DAUGHTER TO SIT STILL?

“If you or your daughter don’t have the patience while learning, I would recommend buying a cheap mannequin head on eBay or Amazon,” Starck says. “That way, you don’t get stressed and you can practise in the evening.” Basically, your kid does not want you tugging at her hair for hours while you make a bunch of mistakes, so save her – and yourself – the headache. And it hasn’t been an overnight success for Starck, either. She says that some techniques have taken a long time to learn, and there were times when she would stand in front of the mirror until she couldn’t lift her arms anymore. So dedicated.

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WHICH BRAIDS ARE ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA?

While Starck does try some very creative and adventurous braids, she says that the fishtail braid will never go out of style. “It’s a beautiful braid, and it also adds a lot of volume if you have thin hair,” she tells us. “It’s really easy to learn and you can style it in so many ways. It’s also very comfortable to wear for a workout.”

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WHY DOES SHE BRAID?

It’s a passion project. “I really want to share my passion and creativity by doing a lot of styles on myself and my daughter (about half of the styles on Instagram are on me, and the other half are on my daughter),” Starck remarks. “I hope to inspire women to braid themselves and their daughters. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see more women creating braids? They go so far back in history and across cultures and genders, so why shouldn’t we bring it back for good?”

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Want more amazing braids? You can follow Starck on Instagram.