Using a rattail comb, start backcombing in short, quick strokes at the base of your hair.
You may want to use a rattail comb, a comb with a long, skinny handle, for making the twists.
To use a rattail comb, wrap your hair around the handle of the comb, candy curl style, sliding the handle of the comb out of the hair when you are done wrapping.
If your braids hurt once you leave the hair salon, you can try to loosen tight braids yourself by sliding a rattail comb under the offending braids and gently lifting up, being careful not to pull too hard as to break the hair.
Part Horizontally: With a pointed rattail comb, create a horizontal part right above the nape of the neck.