A French braid is one of those beautiful and classic hairstyles that look good on any type of hair, whether straight, wavy or curly. A French braid looks quite similar to a three – strand braid, rather than a fishtail braid or a four strand braid.
French braiding is easier when done on someone else’s hair, but quite confusing when it comes to braiding your own hair. However, though the intricate weave of the braid may appear complex, following some simple braiding steps can help you achieve this hairstyle in an easy way. To learn how to do a French braid take a look at this interesting guide listed below.
How to do a French Braid?
What you need:
· Hair Band
Step #1: Prepare your hair
Brush your hair backward away from your forehead to remove all the tangles and make it soft, smooth and ready for braiding.
Step #2: Divide your hair into Sections
Gather a top section of your hair (3-4 inches) wide and divide it into three sections. Using your right hand, hold the right section of your hair and use the left hand for the left section of hair. The hair in the center should be grasped between the thumb and another finger of either hand.
Step #3: Start with traditional braiding
To begin braiding, cross the right section of your hair over to the center. Then, bring the left section of hair over to the center. Continue this process smoothing your hair down until you have made a few rows of the traditional braid.
Step # 4: Keep adding hair to both segments
Continue the traditional braiding, but start adding hair from the heads’ right side for the right section and vice versa and include it in the cross- over.
Step #5: Collect all your hair into a braid
As you reach towards the nape, all your hair would have been incorporated and you will be running out of free hair required to be added to the braid.
Step #6: Finish the braid
When the entire additional hair strand has been gathered, finish it off as a traditional braid until you have reached the end of the strand. Secure the end using a hair band or a ponytail holder.
Simple Tips to do a Basic French Braid
· Use water spray before braiding your hair. This will help pull the braids firmly and keep hair neatly in place
· Ensure that you are adding an equal amount of hair from the sides. This will prevent the braid look lopsided.
· To prevent from your hands from getting tired while doing the braid, just take deep breaths and stop braiding for a minute.
· Before you tie the braid, ensure that all your strands are tight.
· To prevent frizzy hair from getting messy or ugly when in a braid, apply a bit of hair conditioner on your braid or use a hairspray.
· Dry shampooing your hair before French braiding will make hair less oily and have more texture, preparing your hair for the perfect braids.
· Hair that is washed prior a day is best suited for French braiding
Different ways to do French Braid
Apart from doing the simple traditional French braid, you can do some variations in this hairstyle, keeping the basic steps the same.
· The Side French Braid: This style has hair braided over the top and to the side
· French braids on both sides: This style has French braid on each side that end in smooth silky ponytail
· The Braidhawk: Small French braids done tightly on the sides against the helps shape can help the illusion of a mohawk
Why choose to do a French Braid
Keep hair intact: Besides looking pretty, a French braid keeps hair out of your face and does not cause any hair dents like that of a ponytail,
Natural beachy waves: If you are looking for a natural way of achieving beachy waves, all you need to do is spray some water on your hair and do a French braid. Leave the braid overnight. Remove the braids the next day to get natural beachy waves.
Get Fancy with your braid: The basic weave of a French braid can be easily manipulated in a way that your hair looks runaway ready.
So what are you waiting for, get started with a French braid and see the difference this hairstyle makes to your overall personality.