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A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Make A French Braid

By Vaishali Valecha

Updated - May 9, 20244 min read

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Do you want a quick fix for those 2nd or 3rd-day hair? Fret not, we are here for the rescue. We give you a step by step guide on how to make a French braid. It might seem difficult at first but, trust me there is nothing you can't achieve when practice, practice and practice is your mantra. A French braid is a classic and goes well as a hairdo for all occasions. Be it a casual college/ workday or a fancy party you can rock this lovely braid anywhere and everywhere.


Follow These Steps To Make The French Braid:

1. Get started by dividing the upper section into 3 strands

Divide the upper section of your hair. Bring that section all the way back towards the crown portion of your head. Divide this section into 3 equal strands.



2. Braid the right section over the middle one and leftover the right one

Start off by pulling the right section over the middle one swapping right, then pull the left over the right section, swapping left into the middle.



3. Keep adding extra hair to each strand while you continue braiding

The key to transforming a basic braid into an actual french braid is after the first knot, start to pull another section of hair from the leftover/extra hair on sides. Add them to the sections being braided to combine with the original one. Keep repeating the same until you reach the nape of your neck.



4. Finish off by the basic 3-strand braid until your hair length

Once you reach the nape of your neck and run out of extra hair to incorporate to the main section, bring the hair forward and continue braiding your hair in a regular 3 strand braid until the length of your hair. Finish off with a hair tie to secure the braid in place and you'll be good to go. Tug and pull on the braid to make it look bigger and voluminous. Lock in with some hairspray and voila!


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Tools You Need To Make The French Braid:

1. Rat Tail Comb


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2. Hair Ties


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3. Hair Spray


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Now, that you know all the steps to achieve the classic french braid, go ahead and grab your hair tools and start practising to upgrade your hair styling game. Let us know in the comments below how long did you take to practice and master the french braid. Until then, PEACE!


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Question: How do I French braid my own hair?

Answer: Follow the step by step guide mentioned above to learn how to make a French braid on your own hair.


Question: What are some fancy French braid hairstyles?

Answer: French Braided bun, French Braided ponytail, French Braided headband, French Braid Faux Hawk and French Upside Down Bun.


Question: What is the difference between the Dutch braid and French braid?

Answer: The difference comes with the process of braiding. For a French braid, you cross the strands over one another. On the other hand, for the Dutch braid, you cross the strands underneath each other to help the braid pop up.