Among different braided hairstyles, the French braid seems to secure a special place in the hearts of hair lovers. Sleek yet sophisticated, a French braid is both practical and physically appealing. And there are also many ways to play with a classic French braid to create different styles! So today, we’ll help beginners learn how to French braid and introduce some more hairstyles for inspiration. Let’s dive in now!
1. How to French braid hair
Step 1: Brush your hair
Before starting to braid, make sure your hair is free of knots and tangles. Use a wide-tooth comb or soft bristle brush to gently brush your hair from the bottom up.
Step 2: Section your hair
Starting at the hairline, gather a section at the top of your head to make a regular braid. Divide the hair into three smaller sections of the same size. Grasp the right section with your right hand, the left section with your left hand, and the middle section between your thumb and another finger of either hand.
Step 3: Create a regular braid
With three sections in the right position, start braiding by crossing the right section over the middle, and then repeat with the left section. Try to smooth the hair as you go and make the braid tight enough, or you’ll end up with a pretty loose and messy braid.
Step 4: Add hair to the section
Once you’ve created several initial crossovers, it’s time to turn a regular braid into a real French braid! Before you continue to cross the right section over the middle, add a half-inch section of hair from the right side of your head to the right section. Repeat this move with the left section and just keep braiding as usual until all of your hair is incorporated into the braid.
Tip: When adding hair to the section, gather the hair near your face and neck rather than from the center for the best-looking braid.
Step 5: Finish a regular braid
Once you reach the nape of your neck, you should finish adding hair from the sides and now there is only a regular braid. Keep braiding and leave about two inches of hair unbraided. Secure your braid with a hair tie and you’re done!
Tip: If you want your braid to look fuller, gently pull out the hair strands for added volume. Spritz a light hairspray if you want your hair to appear sleek and stay in place better.
See more: How To Make Frizzy Braids Look New Again
2. Some more French braid hairstyles
The best part about the French braid is that it offers endless styling possibilities. Once you’ve mastered the traditional single French braid, let’s experiment with its variations to level up your hair game!
2.1. Side French braid
An easy yet chic, polished yet relaxed variation of the regular French braid is a side one! Starting near the temple and moving down diagonally, it provides a soft and elegant look that is suitable for both casual days and formal occasions.
2.2. French braid pigtails
Looking for something more stylish and playful than a single French braid? French braid pigtails, also known as double French braids, will never go wrong! You’ll need to create two separate French braids, one on each side of the head, with the braids starting near the temples or crown and moving towards the nape of the neck.
Though this hairstyle is a little bit more intricate, it is perfect for keeping the hair neat while adding a touch of youthfulness and sophistication to your look.
2.3. French braid ponytail
Imagine you love both a French braid and a ponytail and can’t decide on one, why not combine them to get a super chic hairstyle? French braid your hair as usual then tie it into a ponytail at the nape of your neck, and voilà, you’ll be surprised by the stunning result!
2.4. Two French braids into a ponytail
This is just another variation of the French braid ponytail, suitable for those looking for something a little more sophisticated. Join the two intricate French braids into a gorgeous ponytail and you’re sure to turn heads wherever you go!
2.5. Two French braids into pigtails
Now we have another combination of two hairstyles, which are French braids and pigtails. You still create two French braids on two sides and secure them into pigtails at the nape of your neck. We just can’t describe how stylish and playful this hairdo is!
2.6. 2 french braids with weave
If you have short hair, weave hair will be the secret weapon to rock those stunning French braid hairstyles. One of the most preferred French braids for black women is cornrow French braids with weave. This involves incorporating extensions or weave hair into traditional cornrow braids before doing double French braids as usual.
Do you agree that adding weave enhances not only the length and thickness but also the intricacy of the hairstyle?
So in this post, we’ve helped you learn how to do a French braid on yourself and inspired you with some French braid hairstyles. Hope you master the techniques soon and feel free to experiment with whatever style you love!
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