Beauty & Fashion >> Hair Care >> Hairstyle - The French Braid

Your face and your appearance depends a lot on your hairstyle. If you have long hair then you can try out French braid, which looks elegant, beautiful and is very easy too. You can also let your imagination run wild and play with a basic French braid and create a variety of looks from tucking the ends of the braid underneath the braid to wrapping the leftover tail into a soft bun.

French braid is actually an improvement over the English braid where instead of beginning with three strands, you have to begin with a thin ponytail starting from the top layer of hair and as you go down you have to keep adding thin strands of hair into the plait that will form. The braid looks very elegant with layers of hair draped on either side of the braid.

French Braid: Step-by-Step Procedure

  • Place your thumbs above and slightly behind your ears. Draw them slightly back and upward, gathering hair that meets at your crown into a ponytail. Don't anchor it.
  • Fashion one English plait, crossing the left strand over the centre so that the two strands trade places, then the right strand over the centre so that those two strands trade places.
  • Hold the plait in your right hand, separating the three loose strands below it with your fingers. Place your left thumb above and behind your left ear and use it to draw a strand half as thick as one of the original strands towards the ponytail.
  • Add the newly gathered hair to the left strand and cross this increased strand over the centre, taking the centre strand to the left as in ordinary English braiding.
  • Hold the plait in your left hand, separating the three loose strands below it with your fingers. Place your right thumb above and behind your right ear and use it to draw a strand half as thick as one of the original strands toward the ponytail.
  • Add the newly gathered hair to the right strand and cross this increased strand over the centre, taking the centre strand to the right as in ordinary English braiding.
  • Continue gathering hair from the left and right and adding it to the strands just before you cross them over the centre.
  • After several plaits, there will be no loose hair left to gather. English-braid the remaining strands and fasten the end of the braid with a covered band.
  • To give the French braid a different look you can also tuck the remaining hair under the braid and pin up the tail so that it is not seen. You can also decorate it with jewelled pin, tiny flowers, beads or other hair accessories.


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