YNT Mar 11, 2010
All players and teams have some sort of pre-game rituals and for most of the U.S. Women's Youth National Teams (and yes, for some players on the full WNT as well), the braiding of the hair is a big one. We caught some of these world class hair-braiders in their natural habitats, doing some intricate weave work on some major league ponytails. Hey, you know what they say: Look good, feel good, play good.
Above, we see the classic French Braid and the rarely seen Square 4-Strand Braid. Below, the Crown Braid and the always difficult Combination Braid. (Ok, we made all that up).