French Braiding for Dummies

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I have been trying to learn how to french braid my hair for years and it NEVER works!!!!!!!!! I've looked on youtube a million times but haven't been able to find one that I can do. I am determined to learn how to do it for the summer so I can start doing more fun stuff with my hair now that it's so much longer. Any suggestions for people who just can't figure out how to french braid??????????
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Which part confuses you? For instance, do you have trouble creating the sections, adding hair to the sections, and so on? Can you do an ordinary three strand braid? Are you watching yourself in a mirror? I know that seems to really throw many people off for some reason. Also, if you haven't already, you should look up the instructions on dreamweaver braiding.
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You could get a baby doll or a block head with long enough hair then practise on that first. Then do it on your own head once you can do it with ease on the doll.

I learnt it that way when I was a teen.

You really need to learn to do it more by feel then by sight as looking in a mirror when braiding can be confusing.

You only really need the mirror to do a quick check that you are braiding straight or when you are doing partings.
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I think it's easier to do two french braids than one big one. I have really thick hair and one french braid looks really silly on me!

I agree, it's harder to do when you are trying to watch yourself in the mirror. I guess just lots of practice!
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I know how to french braid in general, I have a very hard time doing it on myself as well. I always get the hair mixed all together, and my arms get super tired. Any trick for that, or do I need to start body building? lol I also would love to french braid my own hair.
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I know how to french braid in general, I have a very hard time doing it on myself as well. I always get the hair mixed all together, and my arms get super tired. Any trick for that, or do I need to start body building? lol I also would love to french braid my own hair.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
Your arms do get stronger with practice. Practice when you're just hanging out at home, and don't care how it actually turns out. Dirty hair is also easier to work with than freshly washed, so practicing before you wash also works well. When you're adding sections, imagine you're drawing a line from the edge of your hair over to the braid, scooping up the amount of hair you want to add with the end of your finger. That helps with making the hair you add look even. If you have bangs, you may want to practice French braiding those or the front pieces of your hair first so you can focus on the hand positions without your arms getting tired.
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I can't figure out how to add in that extra amount of hair on myself. It always comes out bumpy and weird. Plus, my hair is really fine so it looks extra odd. I'll check out that website though and start practicing
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I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

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Try cutegirlshairstyles channel! That's where I learned how to braid. They have awesome tutorials and if you don't understand you can go to their website. Plus they have a free app that works just like their website, but easier in my opinion http://www.cutegirlshairstyles.com
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I can't figure out how to add in that extra amount of hair on myself. It always comes out bumpy and weird. Plus, my hair is really fine so it looks extra odd. I'll check out that website though and start practicing
Originally Posted by hippiechic81
Oh the last hair you add before braiding normally, near the nape of your neck? If so a lot of people have trouble with that bit. When you're adding sections, make sure they're from the same level that you're braiding them in at. So by the time you add the last of the hair, you aren't lifting it to add it to the braid which causes that poofy part at the neck. Some people find a Dutch braid, or braiding under instead of over, also reduces the appearance of those floppy bits of hair. Did any of that make sense?
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Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
You can also use a bobby pin to hide those bits of hair under the rest of the braid. Bobby pins hide all sorts of mistakes.
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Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
Why can't I french braid my right side for the love of my life?? I did amazingly fine my left one...
Is it because it is more layered or because I am doing it kinda on the oposite side?
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Why can't I french braid my right side for the love of my life?? I did amazingly fine my left one...
Is it because it is more layered or because I am doing it kinda on the oposite side?
Originally Posted by KaZenner1990
Do you mean the hair you add from the right side, or doing the whole braid on the right?
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Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
Let me elaborate. I did 2 French braids. One on each side. I did manage to make it but after only a few hours stray parts start to poof out. Is it because of my layers? Also when I reach the point of normal braiding my braids look like fishtail ones or dutch ones.

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CO: Generic conditioner, Hair Academy Deep Cleansing CO
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GEL: WELLA New wave gel rock & hold, Rudyprofumi Hair Gel formula extra strong
DT: EVOO, C.O+protein condish

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Layers can definitely make braiding more complicated; I always seem to have extra hair sticking out of somewhere or slipping out of the braid when I try to do one on each side. That said, I haven't tried it since my hair was fairly short... I might find it easier now!
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Yes layers would cause trouble in that situation for sure. Try experimenting with how big or small the sections you add are, so that by the time you finish adding all the hair, your three strands are fairly even. Smooth a little oil or conditioner on your fingers first so the hair stays smooth and won't be as likely to escape. You can tuck layers into the braid with bobby pins, which the braid will hide for you.
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Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
I do love braids, but my layers are also a big problem here! (And of course I am usually not very talented in doing ANYTHING with my hari...).
Some strands always manage to break out and mess up the whole braid
I think I will wait until my hair is a little bit longer (to cut less layers) to try braiding again
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I have a step by step video in my channel. just search "waterlily716 French braid". It just takes practice!

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