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The Original Hair Cinch™
Basic Hair Cinch Technique

The Hair Cinch is as easy to use as a hair band or a scrunchie! The method of putting it in your hair is the SAME! View our How To slideshow and other style links below.

Tips for starting out: Practice once or twice with all or part of your hair to the side, so you can see and feel what you are doing before working behind your head. This way your hands quickly get comfortable with the Hair Cinch so you can install it easily in the front or back of your head. It will become as easy as when you put in a hair won’t have to think about it, you’ll just do it. If it helps to practice, stand in front of a mirror so you can see yourself.

Hint: When you’re working behind your head, you can see what you’re doing using two mirrors.

When you’re comfortable with the technique, you’ll use your Hair Cinch™ often and creatively!

Remember, after you tighten a bead you can let go of everything! The Cinch will stay put. You can even rest your arms whenever you like. Unlike other braiding techniques, you don’t lose your work when you stop after tightening a bead.

Basic How To:

1- First, gather your hair as you normally do for a ponytail and hold that hair in one hand. With your other hand, reach through the first loop of the Cinch and pull your ponytail through it. (Just as you do a scrunchie.)

2- Twist the leather loop once under the hair. Widen the loop and bring your ponytail back through. (This is exactly what you do with a hair band.)

3- While holding the strap just behind the first bead with one hand, slide the bead down the strap towards your hair to cinch the section tight.

4- Simply repeat these steps 1-3 with each loop between each remaining pair of beads until you get to the end.

5- To finish, you can either let the ends hang freely or you can simply tie them off in a half knot after wrapping them once around the ponytail. That's all there is to it!

IMPORTANT TIP: Always keep the bead you are cinching up away from the hair... at almost a 90º angle... as you slide the bead. This avoids catching hair in the bead when installing and removing your Hair Cinch™.

To remove the Hair Cinch

Your Hair Cinch™ is designed to STAY IN PLACE until you remove it! To safely remove it, please DO NOT attempt to take the entire Hair Cinch™ out at once by uncinching more than one bead at a time. The Hair Cinch™ is best removed by uncinching ONE BEAD AT A TIME and unwrapping that section of leather from around your hair. Just the reverse of the way it went in.

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Follow these links for more examples and information!

How to Cinch a French Braid

How to create the "Princess" style

Advanced Styles and Tips Page

How To and Style Guide

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