An issue most of us with long hair face is how to style our hair quickly without appearing messy or too slicked up. Letting down our hair for the entire day is not practically possible and keeping our hair tied up in a bun can become painful after some hours.
Steps To French Braid Your Hair
As kids going to school, we had to stick to double plaits. We didn’t really need to think about anything else. During college, most of us have ditched plaits, finding this style too old-school and not trendy enough. We have experimented with various cuts, styles and even colored our hair. However, in a professional setting, we require a practical, no-fuss, and convenient style that can still appear elegant.
French braid is a timeless, elegant and beautiful hairstyle that fulfills all of the above-given conditions. Most of us know the simple three-strand braid. Understanding and creating a French braid by yourself on your own hair will open up a whole new set of possibilities of the variety of ways how you can style your hair. French braid is just the first step in this scenario.
Here’s how to do your own French braids:
- Take some hair from the top and divide it into three equal sections – left, middle and right.
- Take the left section, cross it over to the middle section and combine it with the right section.
- Take the right section, cross it over to the middle section and combine it with the left section.
- As you braid down, you must add more hair from the left side to the left section, cross it over to the middle section and combine it with the right.
- Add more hair from the right section, cross it over to the middle section, and combine it with the left.
- Ta-dah! This is the process you must follow while adding hair from both sides slowly as you braid down.
- Once you reach the nape of your neck or lower, bring your hair to one side and finish off as a three-strand braid.
You will soon realize that French braid is just the door that will open you to many elegant and well-crafted styles that will leave you looking like a glamorous diva.
A unique variant to the traditional French braids is the relaxed French braid style. This unique French braid style will leave your hair looking all loose and relaxed and absolutely amazing. Here’s how to do it:
- Take some hair from the top and divide it into three sections. Start by doing a normal three-strand braid. Continue for three times.
- Take some hair from the left side, add it to the left section. Take some hair from the right side and add it to the right section.
- Once you have added the hair, continue with the normal three-strand braid for three turns again.
- Repeat the process from step (2) three to four times. Secure the end with a small, elastic band.
If you want your French braids to look fuller and thicker, you can follow these tips:
- Pancake your braids – pull apart the braids and flatten them a little to make the braids appear fuller. Try to pancake your braid before tying it off.
- Using a volumizing powder is another method of getting thick braids. However, use it only for certain occasions.
- You can try using dry shampoo or texturizing spray over your hair before braiding to get a full look.