DIY: French Braid Hairstyle in 5 easy steps

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How to do the French Braid Hairstyle

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Everyone knows a style or two – especially the ever-popular french braid. It is simply distinguishable by its 3 strand braid structure formed by braiding 3 small sections of hair from the crown of the head to the nape while gradually adding hair from the sides into the center. Yeah! That’s right! We are featuring an old-but-not-forgotten classic. Before we go any further, let’s have a trip down memory lane.

A girl’s childhood must include a memory of her learning or simply trying how to fix her own hair or someone else’s. It is almost a rite of passage for girls to go through this phase during childhood. It is a natural progression for a kid to show interest in doing her own hair. One of the techniques they are sure to pick up is braiding. The foundation is set. We’re ready to move forward.

First and foremost, I want to point out how comfortable to wear this hairstyle is. The tension and weight are distributed evenly over the head, thus making a hairstyle perfect for a long day. Regarding the looks of it, this ‘do is practical for having a well-put-together look. There’s no need to stress out how beautiful it looks, furthermore, it is the basis to many of the awesome new styles. In other words, it never gets old, it’s a guarantee that you’ll find new ways to use the french braid.

We’ve put together a guide to help you add this to your repertoire of hairstyles.

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.

Considering the looks, usefulness, and difficulty of this style. How would you score the French braid using a scale of 5? Please let us know what you think in the comments! 

Try other hairstyles

Now that you know how to make the french braid, there are other hairstyles that you can try. Click around the website and look for one you’d like to try. We have more step-by-step tutorials and visual guides to make it easier for you to get the hang of it. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below. We’ll try and help you as good as we can.

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  1. Dewayne Donah 9th November 2019

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