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Hair Braiding with Marina

A series of YouTube videos to teach young people to to braid hair

Marina Maclean Thomas, a 16 years old talented young person led an online project called Hair Braiding with Marina.

The project aimed to teach young people aged 16 years old how to braid hair hair in different ways using different tools. Marina recorded eight videos and uploaded them to YouTube to allow young people accessing them anytime. In these videos, Marina went over different techniques to braid hair at home. She also covered different ways such as box braids, cornrows and stitch braids on mannequins both on natural hair and with extensions.

Marina developed her talent by practicing and doing people’s hair and she also practices in her free time on her mannequin. She has been doing hair braiding for a long time and she is so passionate about it.Marina thought that hair braiding is a useful skill for young people and wanted to inspire them to develop it. Also, Marina thinks that her project offered positive solutions for young people to reduce stress, use their free time and be creative.  Also Marina has highlighted that her project will help people who are interested in hair and beauty to find a career and contribute to the economy.

After Marina recorded the videos, she promoted them by sharing the YouTube videos with her friends at schools and in the neighbourhood. Marina received nice comments from her friends and they enjoyed watching her videos. The videos recorded 194 views so far.

When we asked Marina about her experience with the Young Leaders Programme, she said: ‘The young leaders programme is a great way to use free time after school and learn something new and help other people. This experience boosted my confidence, and improved my communication and leadership skills. It also developed my confidence’.


To watch Marina’s videos, please click on the link here


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