How to French Braid Your Hair Step by Step Instructions

I have long hair, and have been French braiding my hair for a long time. The interesting thing is, that I can French Braid my own hair by myself, but if you ask me to French Braid someone else's hair I can't do it.

Here's what a French Braid looks like.

French Braid sample

1. Start by taking a section from the top of the head. Separate this section into 3 strands crossing right over middle and then left over middle, as if you were doing a Basic Braid.

Picture 1 French Braid your hair

2. Switch all of the strands over to your left hand and keep strands separated.

Picture 2 Keep the strands separate

3. You can now gather a small even section from the right side of the head with your right hand and add it to the right strand.

Picture 3 Gather a small section

4. Bring the strand you have just added to, over to the middle and bring the middle strand to the right.

Picture 4 Bring the middle strand to the right

5. Now switch hands keeping all strands separate, so your left hand will be free.

Picture 5 Keep strands separate

6. Gather a section of hair from the left side of the head. Add this to the left strand.

French Braid picture 6

7. You will now bring the left strand over to the middle and bring the middle section to the left. As you follow these steps, try to keep your hands close to the head so the braid will be tight.

French Braid step 7

8. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until there is no hair available to add. Finish style with a Basic Braid and fasten with an elastic.

French Braid step 8
See, that was easy... right?

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