Simple French Braid Tutorial: Step By Step Picture Guide

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Braids are easy. They are versatile. They look elegant. They look classy. They are casual. And they would never, ever, go out of style. Braids can be made either inside out or outside in, tucked, or coiled. You can try any style out of braids and add a bunch of great variations to your hairstyle. One such form of braid is the French braid. It is one of the easiest and best-looking braids that you can learn effortlessly – and yes, it’s also one of the simplest tricks that can turn make a bad hair day tresselicious!

Here is a simple tutorial on how you can style your hair into a French braid.

Things You Will Need

  1. A Hairspray
  2. Comb
  3. Bobby pins
  4. Elastic band

How To Make A French Braid

Start with dry or damp hair. You can try this hairstyle on both straight and curly hair. Start by brushing your hair gently with a paddle brush to smoothen it and detangle any knots. Apply some hair mousse on the mid-lengths of your hair (and not on the roots). This product will give extra volume to your hair and a shiny “just-washed” appearance. It is usually lighter on the hair, unlike gels that weigh your hair down and give them a crunchy look.

If you have thin or fine hair, then mousse is probably a must-have product for you as it gives an instant volume boost to the hair.


hair backwards

Brush all your hair backwards, and then, using your fingers, grab a chunk of hair from your hairline right over the crown.

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Step: 2

the piece into three even

Divide the piece into three even sections as you would do while braiding your hair normally. Start braiding.

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Step: 3

Continue braiding

Continue braiding, but every time you cross a section over another, take a small section of hair from the loose strands hanging on the same side and add it to the section that you will cross over.

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Step: 4

down braiding

As you will go down braiding, you will see that the number of strands loose will soon start diminishing and will get incorporated into the sections that you’re crossing over. And by the time you reach the nape of your hair, there won’t be any extra leftover hair to incorporate into the braid. So, now you can just start braiding your hair as you normally do. Easy, isn’t it!

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elastic band and spritz a bit

Secure your fishtail braid with an elastic band and spritz a bit of hairspray on it to fix the hairstyle. Use bobby pins to secure any loose strands that you want to be tucked in.

Quick Tips

Here are some quick tips and tricks that will help you style your French braid.

  1. You can accessorize your braid by sticking some pearls or shiny beads on it to give it a more feminine look.
  2. You can also wear a hair band or put natural flowers on it to make your hairstyle look more stylish and girly.
  3. To give your hairstyle a variation, you can opt for the messy look by pulling the sections apart and loosening them.
  4. To avoid tangling, keep your hands separated during the plaiting.

French braid is pretty simple to make once you master the art. Once you become a pro, you can give some variations to your hairstyle by trying the waterfall braid, Dutch braid, or the fishtail braid.

So, this was an easy tutorial on how to make the French braid at home. Hope you liked the article. Do share your views in the comments box below. We would love to hear from you!

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