But, last night I finally Googled "braids" and found these clear for-idiots instructions plus diagrams for it. I also learned it has a name: The Fishtail Braid...
Here is the result of my very first attempt.
Today, my braid conquest was overshadowed by this:
I was walking C. at home, MEDEK-style, when she suddenly doubled over in a seizure and suffered a cut above her mouth. It looked small and the Hubby and I were tempted to just clean and bandage it ourselves. But it bled pretty copiously and I didn't want C.'s pretty face to be scarred so we trekked to our health fund's main offices. There, a surgeon told us that it was actually a very deep gash warranting two stitches.
Moral: Never judge a cut by its appearance.