How to Style a Classic French Braid

French braid 1French braid 4I adore a pretty french braid! It’s such a classic hairstyle that can work on many different hair lengths, including locks with layers. If you’ve never french braided before, or just need a refresher here is an easy to follow French braid tutorial. Sarah demonstrates a french braid ponytail on our pretty model Anna.

French braid steps 21.Seperate the top 1/3 of your hair into three sections. 2. Begin braiding these sections together. 3. As you braid add more of the loose hair to each section so that you use all of your hair by the time you finish the braid. 4. Tuck any loose strands into the finished french braid, and you’re done!

French braid 3You can use this technique to create a classic french braid (like the one shown) or you can create french braids on the side of your hair, going upside down or you can divide your hair into two main sections before you begin creating french braided pigtails! There are so many different variations you can try once you feel comfortable french braiding your own hair.

French Braid

easy french braid tutorial

Author A Beautiful Mess

Instructions

  1. Seperate the top 1/3 of your hair into three sections.

  2. Begin braiding these sections together.

  3. As you braid add more of the loose hair to each section so that you use all of your hair by the time you finish the braid.

  4. Tuck any loose strands into the finished french braid.

  • Really cute! I love your blog! You did a great job explaining it! I was wondering if I could use your third picture for my blog. It would really help and I eould give you credit. It’s ok if you don’t want me to either.
    thanks! 🙂

  • I did this to a friend yesterday! yay 🙂

    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

  • I want to know how to do this to my own hair so badly, but I’m inept at hair styles. I was spoiled with a hairdresser as a mom and never had to learn myself when I was younger. It’s so hard to learn! haha

  • What’s the chance that earlier today I was on the bus thinking, “How can I make a French braid?” among other things. And I opened up bloglovin and this post was on the list! What is the chance?!

  • The french braid is so classy and pretty! I struggle with french braiding so much, though. One of these days, I’ll get it!

  • I love it, it’s easy to do it yourself, and looks perfect when your hair looks it’s worst!

    Big hugs!
    Inés

    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

  • I love french braids!

    They never fail to add style to an outfit!

    http://vivikstyle.blogspot.com

  • Oh my! I think this might even work on my nightmarish hair (trying to grow it out!)
    Thanks
    xo Emilie @ http://www,hungrydelights.com/

  • All these hair posts are wanting me to grow out my hair again! Beautiful

  • Very pretty 🙂 I’ll have to try this one!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

  • I love doing braids! Thanks!!!

    http://www.loganmakesamess.com

    http://www.loganmakesamess.com/2012/04/fashion-mess-easter-sunday.html

  • i wish i could do that! i stink at hair. poo 🙁 haha

    http://saramadebeth.wordpress.com

  • I love Frencg braids but can only do the reverse version, time to have another go, I think!

  • I wish I could french braid my own hair! Thanks for the excellent tutorial though! I need to find someone to practice on…

  • I like doing the reverse version 😀 I’ve been doing both since I was little though – I can do them on my own hair easier than on other people.

    If you can’t do it on yourself, try the reverse version until you get better (go under instead of over).. I think it’s a little easier (I also think it looks better, but that might just be me!)

  • Q: Does anyone have any tips for French-braiding your own hair? Is it just practice?
    A: It does take practice. It definitely gets easier with time! 😀

  • I love how this looks, but like a lot of people mentioned, I wish I could do it on myself. Does anyone have any tips for French-braiding your own hair? Is it just practice?

  • I remember gritting my teeth at age 8 and saying, ‘I WILL French braid my hair today! So I practiced and practiced and practiced, and pretty it was easy as pie.

    Now I love to experiment…I’m in a phase of french braiding upside-down from the nape of my neck to my crown, then finishing in a messy bun. It’s a lovely little detail for an otherwise boring hair standby. I also love braiding all around my head for a cute milkmaid look.

  • this is so cute! wish i have longer hair to try it out now!
    xo, Tina
    http://www.tinacious.me/

  • Thanks for sharing this, I have never been able to do these!

    Zoe x
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

  • My aunt taught me the classic french braid when I was four and have been rockin’ it ever since. I really love to do them from the side!

    http://judeandthewalrus.com

  • French braid is such a classy hairstyle! But I think I need someone’s help to do it 🙁

  • exactly what I was going to say 🙂 Too funny that in France we say they are African braids 😉 Great tutorial!

  • This is perfect as i have always seemed to end up with just normal plaits, i am def going to give this a go for a change. I just find it quite had plaiting at the back of my head….does anyone else?!?

  • I can French braid my own hair, but I always end up with a reverse braid (the braid sits on top of the hair rather than under it). I would LOVE to figure out how to do it the correct way.

  • I wish I could figure out how to do this for myself.
    Love the way this looks.

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Thanx for sharing, someday I hope to be able to do that for myself. I can kind of french braid someone else’s hair but my own is a no go. Maybe I’ll give it another shot after seeing this. Thanx

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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