Do-it-yourself: French braid hairstyle
Preparation: We want a tangle-free, clean and organized hair. Do not shy away from brushing your hair with a comb/hairbrush until it’s soft. Think of it as having a clean station to work with. This will make the process easier and in order.
Step one: Gather a chunk of hair
- Gather the hair in the back of the head. This will be the starting point of our braid structure. We’ll start braiding with this and then gradually add in more hair from the sides
Step two: Section the hair
- Separate the chunk into (3) three equal sections. This particular style uses 3 strands to build the overall structure – the left, right and the center section. It’s best to hold the right section with the right hand and the left section with the left hand.
Step three: Cross the sections
Cross the right section over the middle. The right section is now the middle and the middle section is now the right section.
Cross the left section towards the middle. The left section is now the middle and the middle section is now the left section.
Always keep in mind, the goal is to cross the outer sections (left and right) over the middle in an alternating fashion. Pull the sections to tighten the structure.
Step four: Add a small volume of hair to the sections
- Add a small volume of hair to the right section by gathering hair from the right side of the head and fuse it with the right section then cross the thicker right section to the middle.
The thicker right section is now the middle and the middle section is now the right section.
- Add a small volume of hair to the left section by gathering hair from the left side of the head and fuse it with the left section then cross the thicker left section to the middle.
The thicker left section is now the middle and the middle section is now the right section.
Continue adding hair until you reach the nape of your neck. Proceed by braiding the remaining hair.
Step five: Finish and secure the braid
Leave at least 1 to 2 inches of hair for the hair accessory to be used to secure the braid. Finish by using a tie (small elastic, ribbon, etc) to hold the hair in place.
Congratulations! Now you know how to french braid, all you have to do next is practice, practice, practice, and practice until each and every step feels natural and becomes second nature.
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