Learning how to braid hair is a rite of passage for any young girl, however, all many of us know is how to do a simple three-strand braid. For some, the closest they have ever come to completing a French braid is trying it out on a friend, but learning how to French braid your own hair provides you a variety of hairstyle possibilities.
That’s why we are here to help you master your braiding skills on doing those simple but cute braids that you may not have had a chance to do over the years.
Starting from the basic French braid and moving on to more complex French braids, let’s see below a few steps you need to have in mind in order to achieve the best French braid hairstyles.
Before moving on to the steps you need to follow on how to do a French braid, there are some tips you need to have in mind:
1. It’s easier to braid your hair when it hasn’t been washed for a day.
2. In order to achieve a sleek and tidy braid, it’s better to start braiding your hair while your hair is still damp. This way your braid won’t look as messy and you will be able to manage your loose strands easier.
3. You will get a more polished look if you use hairspray on your hair before braiding.
4. The tighter your braid is, the longer it will stay in place.
How To: Basic French Braid
Take some hair at the top of your head and divide it into three even sections left, middle and right.
Take the left section, cross it over the middle one and mix it with the right section.
Now, cross the right section over the middle one and combine it with the left section.
Once again, cross the left section over the middle one and combine it with the right section. Add more hair from the right and cross it over the middle. Take more hair from the left, cross it over the middle, and repeat this pattern all the way down.
After you reach the nape of your neck, bring your hair to one side and finish off with a three-strand braid.
Now that you know the basics of doing a French braid, there are multiple hairstyles you can achieve with this braid. For those who want to get even more length and volume to their braid, hair extensions will do the trick. And, for those who want to take the French braid into the next level, scroll down and see some more French braid versions.
How To: French Fishtail Braid
Take a considerable part of hair at the crown of your head and split it into two sections, right and left.
Take a small section from the right and bring it over to the left.
Repeat the same thing twice from both sides.
Start incorporating hair from the outside of the right and outside of the left.
Continue doing the same thing all the way down to the neck.
Once you get over to your neck, split your hair into two sections and start doing the regular fishtail braid until you reach the bottom of your hair.
Use a small elastic to secure the end.
How To: Cornrow Braid
Using the end of a rat-tail comb, part your hair in rows from your forehead to the nape of your neck. Whether you part your hair in two, three, or more rows, make sure to part it evenly.
Split the first row of your hair into 3 small sections.
With one hand holding one section of hair and the other hand holding two separated sections, start with either the left or right section in your fingers, move it over and on top of the center section, replacing the middle one with it; just like you do with a basic French braid. Then move the section on the opposite side over so it’s in the center, and switch the current centerpiece with that side. As you move down, add a small section of hair from the row underneath to each braid stitch.
Finish the braid once it’s off your scalp and secure it with a hairband.
Repeat the above technique for each row on your head and ta-daaa! Enjoy your cornrows!