Long hair can be quite difficult to style yourself since it’s often too much to handle for one person. French braids work well for every hair type, since they are easy to learn and will hold hair for hours on end before untangling. All you need is some hairspray, a little patience and a good technique.
1. Brush your hair out carefully so there are no knots and tangles. Decide whether you want to leave out your fringe (if you have one) or side layers, and quickly pull that hair to the front so it won’t interfere with the rest of the braid.
2. Then start by taking a small section from the top of the head. Then separate it into three main strands – this will be the foundation of your french braid.
3. To start off, use the right strand and cross it over the middle, then cross the left side over the middle. This will begin to look like a normal plait.
4. Switch the braid over to your left hand, then take a small section from the right and add it onto the strand. This will make the braid thicker and longer as you keep plaiting it. Remember to keep the braid nice and tight to the scalp so it won’t fall out.
5. Keep braiding until you have reached the nape of your neck. By this stage, the braid should feel tight and as close to the scalp as possible. If you have made a mistake along the way, now is the best time to fix it before finishing up.
6. Now onto the easiest part! Simply braid the rest of your hair as usual, then secure with a hair tie. Spritz some hair spray onto the hair to hold it into place, or even some sea-salt spray so it can develop some nice curls until you choose to take it out.
- As with most hairstyles, this technique will take lots of practice before you achieve an easy braid. Keep a mirror behind if you are finding it difficult to see what’s happening back there.
- Make sure to brush your hair well before starting. This will make it so much easier to finish the french braid, since no hair will get caught along the way.
- If you’re finding it difficult to master the technique, why not try it on someone else first! This will allow you to improve the braiding technique, while you can also see what you’re doing before attempting the hairstyle on yourself.
- People with many layers may find it difficult to keep a neat french braid. This all comes down to personal preference, since many braids look even better when they’re slightly undone.
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By Felicia Sapountzis