When you are making a simple three-strand plait, like the one shown above, there is a procedure to follow.
Roll out the three strands with their tapering ends, and place them on the bench running straight up in front of you. Don’t start to plait from the top, instead you must start the plaiting half-way along the strands, and complete the plaiting towards yourself. The simple 3-strander technique (that most girls already know because of female hair plaiting) can be drummed into the boys by chanting “outside to inside” as you proceed. To finish this first phase, the three fine tips must simply be welded together in a brutal action.
The second phase begins by getting your hands under the middle of the plait with the three separate strands clasped between your fingers and flipping the whole thing over towards you, somersault fashion. Now the remaining loose strands will be plaited again towards you, and by flipping it over they will be ready to adopt the correct pattern. Again, finish with the brutal weld, and hey presto! a beautiful looking plait with two handsome ends, neat and alike.
Further tip: don’t plait tight, allow the bulgy strands to sit slightly loosely.