Time needed: 30 minutes.
This video tutorial will show you how to create a french braid. French braids are perfect for any occasion, whether it be formal or casual, blonde or brunette, little girl or grown woman. You don’t have to have long hair to learn how to do a french braid either.
Braids are the perfect hairstyle for summer, and french braids are perfect for kids, teens, and even adults. Whether you just want to learn about them for an upcoming tropical vacation or just want to pick up a fun new skill before the warm weather leaves, following these easy step-by-step instructions will give you gorgeous French braids that will last all summer long.
Want a French braid in less than 5 minutes? This video tutorial is for YOU! A French braid starts with a regular, basic braid. There is nothing fancy or hard about this hair style. It’s as simple as it gets: you need to follow the steps below, and then your hair will magically turn into an elegant looking French braid 🙂
French braiding is a technique that most of us have seen done before. It’s really an amazingly simple thing to do, and a lot easier than it looks.
Have you ever considered french braids for your hair, but were too intimidated to give them a go? If you haven’t given these gorgeous looks a try, you should. There are so many different variations of french braid hairstyles that there’s surely one to meet your needs. In fact, they work well on just about every hair length! I’ll help you get started today with my tutorial for how to do french braids.
French braids can look beautiful and elegant once you get them right. This easy beginner video tutorial will show you how to create a French braid in simple steps, and with a few quick fixes on the fly, if/when you make tiny mistakes along the way.
- Separate a piece
The first thing you’re going to want to do is separate a piece from your hair. This can be as little as a finger width, or you can go all the way up to your ponytail. For this tutorial, I’ll go with a middle section that is around 1/2 of an inch or so.
You can either do this yourself or have a friend help you out. Then, with all of your hair separated into sections, begin braiding it from the bottom up. Your first step in learning how to do French braids is to separate a piece. The size of the section you take will depend on the length of your hair.
The most important part of any French braid is starting with undivided hair at the nape of your neck. When you are braiding, it grows out into a full plait, but this is where it begins.
French braids are an easy way to add a fun pop of color or style as well as make it look like your hair has more length, volume, and thickness. Many people like myself, struggle to get their hair into the braid without a lot of pain or discomfort; this is one of the reasons why I wanted to create this how-to guide.
Congratulations! You made it to the second step of the process. In this section I will show you how to split your hair into three different sections.
The second step is to split each section into three. You’re going to braid these 3 sections all the way down to the bottom of your hair. The last braid will be for your bangs (if you have them). The trickiest part about this hairstyle is learning how to properly bring your hair over and under to complete each French braid, but once you learn that it becomes easy.
Start by splitting the left side of your hair into three equal sections and then repeat this process for the right side.
Slice a part from the bottom of the ponytail all the way up to your ear. Then cross one section over two slowly until you reach your ear. After this, roll around a section at a time and begin separating each strand from your ponytail.
The easiest way to do this is use both hands, reaching over your head and splitting the hair into a 3 sections.
This is how each french braid will be formed. The reason why we want to split this hair into three is because it allows us to create another french braid. The three strands provide enough hair for each braid.
Once your section is in a 3-strand braid, you can split into another 3-strand braid or loosely curl the hair around to the other side of your head. Keep braiding and curling until you’ve reached your earlobe.
The size of the sections will correspond to the size of the braids you want to create. Typically, a two-strand french braid uses larger sections than a three-strand braid, and a fishtail braid might use an even smaller section.
- Regular braiding
The third French braiding step is also the easiest. Start off by taking a section of hair from the bottom of your hair and divide it between your two hands. Take two pieces from one hand and cross them over the middle part and continue all the way up to the top, making sure you keep each strand separate. At the end of this step, your braid should already look like a French braid.
Don’t worry, it will be easy to make it out of three strands and will help you later on when you must use one strand of hair for each step.
This is just a normal three strand braid that you can do in your hair. The only difference will be that you are actually going to be braiding the hair and ribbon together. It helps if you split the hair into three equal sections so if you aren’t comfortable braiding smaller sections, feel free to make them larger.
One of the best ways to start off doing french braids is to try it out with regular braids. For this braid, it is important to keep the area where the braiding starts out tangle free.
A regular braid starts off like a basic braid. Begin by dividing your hair into three separate sections on each side of your head. The difference between the braids you create now and the braids in the previous step is with this one. You divide your hair based on where you want it to be braided, instead of splitting it up evenly.
There are many different types of braids out there and some can be quite tricky to master. So if you’re just starting out, I’d for recommend starting with a basic braid. You can opt to do a regular braid or if you want it more low-key, all you need is some elastic bands.
Once you’ve reached the middle of the front section, use your index finger to push hair over your other thumb. Now, grab another strand with your other hand around where your middle and ring finger meet.
In this step you’re going to grab the extra hair on top of the braid, and put it on top of the section already in place. There is no right amount of hair to use; it just depends on how thick or thin your hair is. The wider the parts in your hair, the more hair you’ll want to use to create a full look.
The trick is to give yourself at least two inches of diagonal hair between each braid. If you counted them as you’re braiding, you should have tied the same number of braids before being done. The last few french braids can be done into another piece to hide the end.
You now hold a section of hair. If you hold more hair than you’re holding in the photo, try pulling out more until your hair fits nicely in your hand. Watch your fingers holding the elastic. People tend to hold it with their thumb and index finger with their other fingers resting against their cheek. This is ok for larger braids.
For now, we’re focusing on the two strand french braid and that’s all you need. Now we take the same pieces of hair that are over on the left side of your head and flip them over.
Four fingers are used for conventional braiding but to do french braid, five fingers can be used. Make the hair double or triple and separate it into three sections. Take the far side; it should be doubled as compared to the middle section. Pass it into the middle section under the same hand then pull it up tightly. Do this with a little more hair in latter part of french braid.
It’s time to braid. Once you have all the sections, it’s just a matter of crossing over, crossing over, and keep going around. You can also braid in front of a mirror for an easier time keeping track of where you are at.