How to French Braid Your Own Hair

Learn How to French Braid Your Own Hair in the Simplest Way

A gorgeous and classic hairstyle, the French braid uses intricate weave pattern that can appear complicated but is quite simple to perform. Here is a Buzzle post with step-by-step instructions on how to French braid your own hair.
French braid is a hairstyle perfect for both formal as well as casual occasions. It is especially popular among women as it not only gives a neat, tidy, and decent appearance but also helps your hair look stylish. When you're headed for work, playing a tennis match in the evening, or even to turn a bad hair day into a good one, this style is quite handy.

Many women worry that doing a French braid involves a lot of tough steps that can't be achieved at home. Ladies, that's not true at all. You don't necessarily have to visit a salon every time you wish to try this style. With only a few steps (instructions given below), you can easily rock this hairstyle in only a few minutes.

Classic French Braid

Before we begin, there are few things you need to do in order to achieve a perfect-looking braid.
  • Wash your hair with a good quality shampoo that suits your skin texture. Apply conditioner as well and wash your hair properly.
  • Wrap a towel around your head so that it soaks all the water from your hair.
  • Let your hair air dry, or if you're short on time, use a blow dryer to speed the process.
  • Using either a paddle brush or a wide-tooth comb to thoroughly brush your hair. This will remove all tangles so that you can braid your hair properly.
Step 1
French Braid Step 1

Once you have brushed your hair properly, we are ready to begin.
Step 2
French Braid Step 2

With the help of a brush or your fingers, gather the top layer of hair.

Step 3
French Braid Step 3

Make 3 separate strands from the top layer of hair we just gathered.
Step 4
French Braid Step 4

Braid the strands together and add in a section of hair strand from the side.

Step 5
French Braid Step 5

After you have made the first twist, take a new strand from the other side.
Step 6
French Braid Step 6

Include it to continue the braiding process.

Step 7
French Braid Step 7

In the same manner, keep taking strands of hair from either side (alternatively) to continue the process.
Step 8
French Braid Step 8

Once you gather all hair together, keep braiding your hair till you reach the end.

Step 9
French Braid Final Step
And, voilĂ !

Initially, you may find this particular technique slightly tough on your own. However, as keep practicing, you will the hang of it and will be able to create the braid swiftly and easily. In the beginning, sit in front of a mirror with another one behind you. That way, you can see the progress of your braid as you complete it.
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