The French braid, also known as a French plait, is a classic hairstyle that we have all come to love and adore. It looks very simple yet has a hint of intricateness to it, which is what makes this style so special. If you, too, have come across this beautiful style and would like to try it by yourself, you have arrived at the right place. In this article, we have mentioned everything you need to know about how to do a French braid on your hair.
There are many types of French braids, and the most common ones are the simple single braid style, multiple French braids, and some other popular variations include styles like Dutch braid and fishtail braid, which is actually an inverted French braid itself. The French braid style is very versatile, and it also suits all types of hair, be it curly, straight, or wavy.
Supplies You’ll Need To Make A French Braid
The only supplies you’ll need is a comb and a hair tie. Of course, you can add a bit of glam to the look with decorative hairpins and accessories, but that’s totally up to you. Moving on, let us now look at the detailed steps of how to do the classic single French braid style.
Steps To Do A French Braid
1. Brush Your Hair
Brushing is really important if you want a flawless look. It helps to get rid of tiny knots that may have formed on your hair and keeps your hair smooth and free of tangles. On another note, ensuring that your hair is dry is a good step too. French braids and wet hair don’t really go together, as we all know. In fact, natural wet hair doesn’t really go well with most styles.
2. Separate Your Hair Into Three Equal Sections
This step is where we get started with the braid. Neatly comb your strands and divide your hair into three sections right at the crown. Then, you should take a right and left sections in your right and left hands, respectively, and the middle section should be between the thumb and forefinger of any hand, whichever is comfortable for you.
3. Crisscross The Three Sections
And now, we begin the process. Take the hair on your right section and cross it over the middle section, then take the left section and cross it over the right section, which has now merged into the middle section itself. With that, you have the first stitch of your braid ready. As you go further below, do the same type of stitches by adding a little more hair and continue the stitches till you reach the ends. Make sure the hair isn’t too tight and is loose enough to get that soft and flowing look.
4. Wrap It Up With A Hair Tie Or Scrunchie
As you reach the ends of your hair, make sure you leave a little hair- about two or three inches depending on your hair length- unbraided and tie up your hair. You can gently pull out some loose strands on the front and the sides to frame your face perfectly.
Initially, it may seem a little difficult, especially if you are trying it out for the first time. But with time and more practice, you start to get the hang of it and will be able to do a French braid as easily and quickly as you would do a normal hairstyle. It is a beautiful hairstyle you can create yourself at no extra cost, so don’t give up, in the beginning, itself because it seemed difficult. Everything gets better with time and practice, so trust yourself.
Definitely, extensions are a great way of adding more volume and length to your hair, and you can do French braids on your extensions just as easily as you would do it on your hair. Just make sure that the extensions are well fitted and won’t come off rapidly.
Double French braids surely sound a little extra, but you can easily do them just as you would do a single French braid. You just need to part your entire hair into two sections on both the sides and then do the normal French separately on each of these sections. You can also do the multiple French braids style by parting your hair into more than two sections.