How to French braid? We will answer this question in this article. We think that this gorgeous type of braid is worth mastering and it will serve you faithfully.
So, how come we relate a French braid to France? Well, France has been a trendsetter like forever, and that is why this fancy braid was called French.
As for the technique that has captivated ladies from all over the world, there’s nothing complicated, yet, it needs a couple of tries to master it! When French braiding your hair, all of your hair should be incorporated into a braid, and this is why such styles look so sharp and sophisticated! Today you will see how you can actually do the braid yourself: our handy tutorials are here to help you make it real!
How curious, now let’s discover how to create French braids.
Side French Braid
How to side French braid? It is not difficult.
- Create the deep-right parting.
- Pick a hair strand that will frame your face, remove it from your way.
- Pick a small hair strand near the parting, make 3 smaller strands out of it.
- Start French braiding: take the right piece, cross it over the central piece. Next, take the left piece and cross it over the central piece.
- Now it’s time to take the right piece and cross it over the central piece. Add a new hair strand by crossing it over the central piece, too.
- Next, cross the strand from the left over the strand in the middle. Again, add one more strand into the French braid.
- Continue repeating these steps.
- When you reach the top area of your head, start adding hair strands in the right direction so that they could encircle the back area of your head and into the French braid.
- After bringing in all hair from that area, continue the French braid downward for a bit. Next, pull on its edges and thus make the braid fuller.
- Take a transparent elastic band and tie the braid end.
- Pick a tiny hair strand to cover that elastic band and thus hide it.
Now you know how to do a French braid on yourself. Let’s explore more French braiding hacks.Source: Missy Sue
French Mohawk Braid
Here is another cute way how to French braid your own hair.
- Pick a hair strand so that it creates 2 part lines that start from the forehead corners and then go side by side. Clip the bottom area of the hair down.
- Pick a small hair strand at the hairline, make 3 pieces out of it for the French braid.
- Cross the right piece over the central piece and the left piece.
- Next, cross the piece from the right over the piece from the middle, add one more piece to the central piece.
- Cross the piece from the left over the piece from the middle, add more hair to the central strand.
- Keep crossing the pieces from the sides over the central piece and bringing in new pieces until the French braid reaches your head crown.
- Take a transparent elastic band for tying the braid end.
- Next, hide the elastic band with a hair strand and 1 bobby pin.
- Add a bit volume to the ponytail that goes from the braid by backcombing it gently.
- Spritz your hairstyle with hairspray for better hold and no flyaways.
See, this French plait step by step tutorial is not complicated at all. Let’s move on.Source: Missy Sue
French Braid Low Bun
Now let’s teach you how to pull off a side French braid bun.
- Part your tresses to the right.
- Pick a hair strand for the French braid, make 3 pieces out of it.
- Start French braiding: cross the piece from the right over the one from the middle, do the same with the left piece.
- Cross the strand from the right over the central strand, incorporating a new piece of hair to the French braid.
- Do the same with the piece from the left, incorporating more hair to your braid.
- Continue braiding in the same way downwards.
- When you reach your ear, continue braiding down for just a bit and then slide 2 bobby pins underneath the braid.
- Proceed with combining the hair that is left into a lower pony, add in the braid.
- Make the braid wider by pulling on its looped sections.
- Using any hair band, tie your tresses into a pony.
- Twist the pony, encircle that hair band with it. Pull its ends through the center while laying around in the bun interior.
- Secure your bun by sliding bobby pins into and around it from the outside till it gets tight and nice.
- Add texture by pulling on smaller sections encircling the bun. Spritz with hair spray.
French Braid Into Messy Bun
We know that you are wondering how to do a french braid on yourself, and here you will find what you need. But how about creating something more than just a braid? Every girl wants to look unique, and messy bun made out of your french braid can give you a really special look. See how you can get it:
- Start from the right side of your hair: take a small section of hair at the hairline.
- Divide this section into three pieces.
- Take the back piece and cross it over the middle, then do the same with the front piece to begin a french braid.
- Then, the back piece crosses over the middle, and you have to carry in a larger section of hair.
- Go on braiding until your braid reaches your ears.
- Finish it by braiding your hair into a regular braid and tie your braid with a band.
- Gather the rest of your hair and do a low ponytail.
- Pull your hair through the elastic band.
- Loop the band around your ponytail again, but this time you shouldn’t pull the hair all the way in order to create a loop.
- Pin the loop against your head, pulling it up.
- Wrap the hair that sticks down around the bun, and pin it.
- All the loose pieces must be pinned down to form a messy bun.
- Pull on the edges of your braid to loosen it, but don’t pull on the strands.
- Use some hairspray to finish your amazing braided hairdo.
Triple French Braid Double Waterfall
Here comes the most adorable guide that will teach you how to do a french plait step by step. Triple french braid is a hairstyle that will show how feminine you are. Are you ready for a totally girly look? Follow these steps:
- Section off your hair to get three parts: the left side, the crown, and the right side.
- Start from the middle part by pinning down the side ones.
- Middle part: pull up a front piece and divide it into three equal strands.
- Do a stitch as if you are doing a regular braid: the left goes over the middle, as well as the right one.
- Start doing a french braid, but don’t cross the strand over the middle.
- Then, drop it down just like a waterfall braid, carry in the section of hair behind the strand and cross it over.
- Do the same with the opposite side.
- Now you should repeat two previous steps to create a double-sided waterfall braid.
- When your braid reaches the crown, secure it down with a pin.
- Left part: take a section of hair and begin a regular french braid. You should bring in the strands that you left out of the first braid.
- Secure this braid at the back of the crown.
- Repeat the steps 10 and 11 to create a braid on the right part.
- The last step is to toss the rest of your hair into a messy bun, and that’s it!
French Braid Flower Ponytail
This tutorial is just all about romance. It won’t only show you how to do a side french braid, it will share with you the secret of a fabulous look. Do you want to impress everyone with your braided hairstyle? That’s how you can do that:
- Take a section of your hair right at the back of the crown.
- Then, separate off two smaller sections to the left and right from the crown.
- Start doing a french braid: cross the side strands over the middle.
- Go on braiding, gradually bringing in the hair from both sides.
- When the braid reaches your ears, combine the side pieces with the central piece together: the side pieces go over the central ones.
- Take a small section behind each ear and combine them with the central piece.
- Tie off this section with a band.
- Do a regular braid out of this section and tie off its end with another band.
- Create a spiral, rolling your braid upwards and hide the first band with it.
- Slide the bobby pins into the flower, and make sure they stay hidden.
- Get ready to inspire everyone around you!
French Braid Rolled Bun
How about a combo-updo? Give this fascinating bun a try!
- First, brush all your hair away from your face.
- Then, section off the top layer, backcombing it to add more volume.
- To start a French braid, divide the top layer into three pieces and start crossing the side strand over the middle one.
- Now, it’s time for new sections: once you cross the back piece over the center one, incorporate a new section into the strand.
- Repeat the step 4 with the other side piece.
- Go on braiding your hair, repeating two previous steps.
- Continue braiding it as a regular braid when it reaches the midway.
- When the braid is ready, tie it with a hair band.
- Take the braid and wrap it around the base, creating a bun and securing it with a couple of bobby pins.
- Pull the edges of your braid to add more fullness and secure everything with hairspray.
French Braid And Side Fishtail Braid
It’s time to mix some braiding techniques to get a truly adorable hairdo! Follow these steps.
- Start by creating a French braid on the right side, dividing the heavy section into three strands.
- Braid your hair by crossing the back strand over the center and the front over the center.
- Cross the back strand over the center one and take a new section of hair, incorporating it into the strand.
- Repeat the previous step with the front strand.
- Go on braiding in this way until your braid reaches the corner of the forehead and then turn it into a regular braid.
- Loosen up your braid by pulling the edges and secure it with a tie.
- Now, start doing a fishtail braid by putting all of your hair over the left shoulder and divide it into two equal pieces.
- Take a section from one side, cross it over and add to the other side.
- Repeat the same step with the section from the opposite side.
- Go on braiding until all of your hair is braided.
- Loosen the braid again and tie it off.
- Spritz your hairstyle with hairspray and embellish it with some accessories if you want.
French Lace Braid Updo
Every girl dreams of flaunting with such a feminine updo as French lace braid! And here’s how you can make this dream come true.
- Section off the front portion of hair going from the right sided part down to your left ear and clip off the front.
- Working with the hair on the right side, repeat the previous step.
- Then, divide off a portion of hair right from the ears upward, clipping off the top section.
- Create a ponytail out of the bottom section.
- Wrap the ponytail with a band and create a loop.
- With the hair that sticks out of the band, tuck it back and create a second, top loop out of it.
- Place the pins around the bun to secure it against the head.
- Next, separate the top section into two pieces.
- Let down the hair that is pinned on the left side.
- Now, start doing a French braid, going down towards the left ear.
- When your braid reaches your ear, wrap it around the top of the bun and change it into a lace braid.
- Once the braid hits the other side of the bun, braid it into a regular one and tie it off with an elastic.
- Let down the hair that is pinned on the right side and wrap it around the bun, pinning it with bobby pins.
- Wrap the braid clockwise around the bun and pin it in place.
- Give it a coat of hairspray!
Fancy French Braid Updo
Are you ready for the simplest and the fanciest updo ever? Let’s braid it!
- Section off the top portion of the right side of your hair and clip it off towards the back.
- Now, create a little bun out of the bottom section, placing it slightly off the center, and pin it with some pins.
- Let down the top section and divide it into two halves that go over the bun.
- Take a section of hair near the hairline and split it into three sections.
- Create a French braid, braiding your hair diagonally and towards the bun.
- Secure the braid, pinning it over the bun.
- Split the tail of your braid into two halves.
- To finish the style, twist the ends of the braid in the opposite direction around your bun.
Voila, now you know how to French braid. Come back every time you wish to discover something useful!Source: Missy Sue via Youtube
Looped Boho Braid Half-Up
Some boho vibes won’t hurt as they add a lot of feminine character to hairstyles. See how to get a braided boho half-up!
- Part your hair in the middle.
- Take a small section from the left side of the part, split it into three and start doing a regular braid, crossing the right strand over the center and the left strand over the center.
- When crossing the right strand again, take a new section along the part line and incorporate it into the braid.
- Repeat the same steps when crossing the left strand.
- Once you get four pieces brought into the braid, cross the left over the center and then the right to do a stitch of a regular braid.
- Then, you need to create a loop: cross the left strand over the center and take a new section on the left side from underneath the braid and incorporate it into the braid.
- Cross the right strand over the center, and then the left one, and add a new section to the left of the first loop.
- Cross the right strand, then the left one and add one more piece of hair to the left portion of the previous two.
- Braid the rest of your hair in a regular braid.
- Create the same braid on the other side of the head, repeating the previous steps.
- When both braids are ready, bring them to the back of the head, create a gap in one of them, and pull one of the braids through the other to join them.
- Secure the style with bobby pins.
Looped Boho Braid Updo
This tutorial is a part of the previous one: it shows another way of how you can style the looped boho braid. Creativity is genius!
- Put the remaining hair in a low ponytail and tie it with an elastic.
- Create a bun, pulling the hair halfway through the last loop.
- Pick some little sections from the top of your bun and put them towards your head.
- Secure the sections with bobby pins.
- Tuck up the ends that are left out into the elastic, hiding them underneath the pins.
French Braid High Bun
Not all the big-day hairstyles are done in salons! Follow these steps to get a chic and elegant updo yourself using a donut and hair extensions.
- Take any extensions, clip them to your hair, and tie them off into a high ponytail.
- Take off a little section from the pony.
- Now, pull the rest of the hair through the donut, making sure that it’s placed at the base right over the elastic.
- Spread the hair around the donut.
- Split the left-out section.
- Pick another new section from the center of the donut right above this small section.
- To get three pieces for the braid, divide the top piece into two. Now you have three strands: one from under the donut and two from the top.
- Start doing a French braid: cross the top strand over the center, then the bottom strand over the center, doing a stitch of a regular braid.
- Begin bringing in hair from the top of the donut: cross the side strand over the center and pick a new section, crossing it over and incorporating it into the braid.
- Don’t add new sections to the bottom strand when you cross it over the center.
- Cross the top strand over the center and pick up a new section from the top to bring it into the braid.
- Cross the bottom strand over the center, then cross the top, then add a new section and cross it over the center, incorporating it into the top strand.
- Go on braiding your hair in this way, repeating the same steps and gradually curving the braid around the donut.
- To hide the donut and make the style appear fuller, pull its edges.
- Wrap the braid around the bun and tuck its ends underneath.
- Secure the bun with bobby pins and finish the style with hairspray.
French Milkmaid Braids
Crown braids are the gentle, girly style that can show off your femininity. So why don’t you master it? You’ve got everything you need: your beautiful hair, a couple of pins, and a comprehensive tutorial!
- Start by parting your hair wherever you usually part it.
- Separate off the top layer of your hair, twist it, and pin it against your head.
- Do a parting underneath the pinned portion and divide the hair into two equal sections.
- Take a piece of hair near the part on the left side and split it into three strands.
- Do a French braid: cross the side strands over the center and bring in new sections into the braid.
- Braid your hair to the nape of the neck until all hair of the side is incorporated.
- When the first braid is ready, tie it off with an elastic.
- Now, create the second French braid on the other side and tie it off, too.
- Once both braids are ready, gently pull their edges to add some volume and sense of fullness.
- Crisscross the braids at the back of the head, laying one over the other.
- Secure each braid with bobby pins and finish the style with a coat of hairspray.
FAQ: How To French Braid
Is French braiding easy?
The French braid is a popular hairstyle that is both lovely and timeless. Despite the sophisticated weave’s appearance, making your own French braid is a straightforward task. Before braiding each section, add a strand of hair to each one.
Why do I get bumps when my hair is braided?
Bumps are your hair follicles, which have become irritated as a result of the tension experienced by your hair. If you find such pimples on your head after getting your hair done, it signifies your braids are excessively tight and you need to take action ease the tension.
Can you get braids wet in the shower?
There is nothing dangerous about washing braided hair, provided that you use a mild shampoo and avoid scrubbing it too hard. While cleaning the braids, be sure to massage the scalp properly with shampoo. You can definitely get your braids wet. But don’t tug or scrub them too hard. Remember that hair becomes more fragile when in contact with water.