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How to French Braid Your Own Hair Step by Step

Follow this French braid tutorial to get the hairstyle you desire.

Follow this French braid tutorial to get the hairstyle you desire.

Learn How to French Braid Your Own Hair

Are you looking for a quick tutorial about how to French braid your own hair for beginners?

Well, don’t pull your hair out just yet because you have come to the right place!

First, we will highlight a few things that will make the braiding process easier for you and some ways to prepare. Next, you can read through the guidelines on how to French braid step by step. To conclude the tutorial, you will learn some effective methods for maintaining your hair braids over the long term

What to Prepare Before Braiding

Two Mirrors

Before you read the guidelines to French braid your hair, make sure that you have two mirrors available. You can use the mirrors to see where your hands and fingers are placed along your hair strands. This will make it a lot easier to make sure that you are aligning everything accurately and using the correct technique.

For beginners, trying to do a French braid without a mirror is like learning to ride a bicycle for the first time without training wheels. It could get extremely frustrating and you’ll likely mess something up. So come prepared and set up your mirrors.

The Smartphone/Monitor Option

As an alternative, if you don’t have a second mirror, you could potentially use your smartphone camera and screencast it to a monitor. This way, you can watch your progress on the computer screen or TV monitor. Just make sure that your phone is fully charged up. It could take a while if it’s your first time doing a French braid!

French braiding your own hair is easier to do with two mirrors.

French braiding your own hair is easier to do with two mirrors.

Step-by-Step Guidelines on How to French Braid Your Own Hair at Home

1. To start the braiding process, divide your hair into three equal parts at the top.

2. Next, take the right section of hair and cross it over the middle section. Now you will have two halves.

3. Then, take a portion of hair from your left side, combine it with the left section, and cross both of those over the middle part. That new section then becomes ‘the middle’.

4. To continue, combine some additional hair into the right part. Again, cross both parts over the middle and leave that newly formed braid in the middle.

5. To complete the entire French braid, you should continue these steps all the way down to your neck and just below your ear.

TIP: Up to this point, remember to use your mirror (or monitor) to keep track of your progress. Watch carefully to make sure that you are happy with the appearance and results.

6. Once you get the braid down to your neck and past your ear, move your hair braid to the side and place it over your shoulder. From now on, you can complete the braid with a three-strand braid. At this stage, you don’t need to depend as much on the mirror/monitor.

Finally, finish off the braid and watch carefully as you cross the strands continuously overlapping them towards the end.

Extra French Braid Tutorial Tips

That was a quick summary of how to French braid your hair for beginners.

Now that wasn’t so difficult, was it?

Sometimes it is easier to watch and learn how to complete the process visually. If you need extra clarification on how to French braid your own hair, check out the in-depth video tutorial after reading some tips on how to maintain your braid below.

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Essential oils will help keep your hair healthy and prevent hair loss.

Essential oils will help keep your hair healthy and prevent hair loss.

How to Maintain Your French Braids

Once you have finished braiding your hair, you probably want to keep the new hairstyle for a while. Thus, it is important to know how to maintain your French braids and keep your hair healthy.

Moisturize Your Hair and Scalp

Hair that remains dry for extended periods can cause unnecessary damage to your hair and hair follicles. Dry hair can crack and break easily Therefore, to prevent this from occurring, apply natural oils like coconut oil, argan oil, or jojoba oil. Olive oil and lavender oil work well too.

Wash Your Braids Sparingly

Washing your hair too often can cause it to dry out as well. Try to wash once every two weeks. Once a week should be appropriate for hair that is thicker. Just remember not to overdo it. However, everyone needs the right balance. Not washing it enough can cause sweat to build up and nobody wants stinky skunk hair.

Untie your braids after seven to eight weeks.

Remember not to leave your hair braids in for too long. Having them in for longer than two months could cause hair damage and breakage. You always want to keep your hair looking healthy and beautiful, so experiment with a new style after eight weeks.

Soon the time will come when you’ll want to run your fingers through your hair again.

Please participate in the hair poll and leave a comment after watching the video tutorial at the bottom of the page.

Thank you for reading and happy braiding!

POLL: To Wash or Not to Wash

VIDEO: Watch How to French Braid Your Own Hair for Beginners on YouTube


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 01, 2020:

Nice DIY article about doing one’s own braids. You explained it well, step by step. The video is also helpful.

Thanks for sharing.

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