Tips before you start
- Start with the basic 3 piece braid
- The forefinger and thumb are your guiding fingers
- Detangled hair will make it MUCH easier
- If loose pieces fall out, just re-tuck them into the braid and pull tight.
- Practice makes perfect, it's okay if your first try isn't very good, no ones is!
Let's get started
1. Part the hair evenly down the middle with a comb and clip or tie the hair you are not working with to keep it separated.
2. Section one side of the hair and create 3 equal portions to begin a normal braid by crossing the outer portion over the middle and into the center.
3. Before every cross, add a small piece of the main hair section to the smaller section of hair that is being taken over to the middle.
- Make sure you are pulling each piece tight (you'll get better with practice!)
- Use your free fingers to ensure that the sections remain separate.
4. Continue this process until you reach the nape of the neck or the main section of the hair has all been used within the braid.
5. Once the braid is complete and lifts off the head, you can continue with the basic braid until you reach the end of the hair, and hold the braid together with a tie.
And that's it! You have now mastered the French braid. Now you just have to practice, practice, practice.