How to French Braid Hair

A French braid may appear complicated, but as this video shows it’s nearly effortless to pull off―and makes a great quick fix for a bad hair day. Follow these simple steps for easy braiding.

What You Need

  • hair band, brush
Follow These Seven Easy Steps
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    Brush hair

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    Before braiding, brush hair to smooth out any knots or tangles.

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    How To: French Braid Hair Step 1
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    Gather hair at top of head; divide into three sections

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    Starting at the hairline, gather enough hair from top of head to start a regular braid. Divide hair into three equal sections. Hold right section in right hand, left section in left hand, and middle section between thumb and another finger of either hand.

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    How To: French Braid Hair Step 2
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    Cross the sections

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    To begin braid, cross right section over middle section, then repeat this move with left section, smoothing hair down as you go. Pull sections fairly tight; you don’t want the braid to be loose and come undone.

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    How To: French Braid Hair Step 3
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    Add hair to the section

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    Before repeating your cross-over motion with the right section, gather a little bit of additional hair from the head’s right side, and add it to this section; now cross this larger portion of hair over the middle section of the braid. <br /><br /><strong>
    Tip:</strong> Make sure that the sections of hair you’re adding are roughly equal or the braid will look lopsided.

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    How To: French Braid Hair Step 4
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    Add hair to the section on the other side

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    Gather a small section (of equal size to the one you just gathered) of the remaining hair on the left side of your head up and into the left section and cross that over the middle section.<br /><br /><strong>
    Tip:</strong> Slightly dirty hair has less “slip,” making it easier to braid.

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    How To: French Braid Hair Step 5
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    Repeat adding hair and crossing sections

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    Repeat steps 4 and 5, adding hair until you’ve gathered in all additional hair strands. Finish at the bottom with a regular braid.

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    How To: French Braid Hair Step 6
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    Secure the braid at the end with a band

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    Once you reach the bottom of the braid, secure the end with a hair band, wrapping it tightly around the hair.

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    How To: French Braid Hair Step 7