All you need to do to create a fuller, more textured braid is: -spray hair with hair spray and/or beach spray to make it more piecy/less slippery (I also use dry shampoo since my hair is very fine). -separate hair into the three pieces to create your braid. -before braiding, braid the center piece into its own braid.. then braid all three stands together. .. this creates the illusion of a much thicker braid! I pull out strands around my face and loosen the braid for a messier look.