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How to do a French braid (on yourself)

Have you always liked the look but been unsure of how to French braid your own hair? Well, it’s actually fairly simple, and probably a lot easier than you may have thought. And once you know how to French braid your hair you can play around with variations of the traditional style. So, let’s take a look at this classic hairstyle.

Preparation is key when it comes to hairstyling

This look provides a great combination of style and convenience, and once you’ve learned how to French braid hair, you’ll be able to do it quickly. Not only will that leave you with cute looking locks, but it’ll also save you time too. The key is to learn how to French braid your own hair in simple steps and, of course, practice makes perfect. Here’s what you need to do:

  • First off, it’s a good idea to not wash your hair before attempting a French braid. Second-day hair works best in this case. If you do need to clean your hair, a quick spray with our Dry Shampoo will do the trick. That way you won’t lose too much of the hair’s natural texture or holding properties.
  • Next up is to gather your supplies. You’ll need your brush and comb, bobby pins, hair ties, clips, and styling products for that final hold.
  • A natural-looking finish is the best way to go when it comes to styling your braids. Our Medium Hold & Volume Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Hair Spray is perfect for the job. It’ll hold your style perfectly, leaving your hair fresh, fragrant, and stiffness-free.

How to do a French braid on yourself – a step-by-step guide

  1. Remember when you first learned how to braid? Well, the first bit of good news is that when it comes to discovering how to French braid own hair, you start in the same way. Simply gather your hair into three strands. Separate your hair at the crown and take the left section of hair, crossing over the right and center strands. An easy start.
  2. Once you’ve completed the first couple of crisscrosses, pick up additional half-inch sections of hair near to your start point and incorporate them into the braid.
  3. Don’t be afraid to let loose strands fall out of the braids, you can always pin them up if they’re too long. Or leave them for a little more bohemian chic!
  4. Continue to take additional pieces of hair as you complete each braid, and before you know it, you’ll have the makings of a cool-looking braid.
  5. Keep going until you run out of hair to braid, and secure with a tie. That’s it – you know now how to French braid your hair!

Once you’ve learned how to French braid hair, it’s easy to do, and you can really play around with the style. Wear as a funky ponytail, up in a stylish bun, or in fabulous side braids. As soon as you know how to French braid you can mix up the style and come up with as many different looks as you like!

For more information about different types of braids, check out our other stylish and easy braided hairstyles article. 

French braid step-by-step illustration

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