How to French Braid your own Hair

If you thought you couldn’t French braid your own hair, think again. It’s actually a simple task that requires nothing more than focus and a little bit of agility. If you can think of your own head as somebody else’s, and you have already tried French braiding before, then you’re already off to a good start. However, even if you haven’t learned how to French braid before, your own hair is a good place to start.

First, you will want to comb your hair out thoroughly. Now, although French braids are easier to do with long hair, you can try French braiding on even short, shoulder-length hair. It just requires more patience. You want to comb through your hair about fifty or so times, making sure that there are no tangles. This ensures an easier time. Then, you must decide how many French braids you want to do. One French braid is perhaps the easiest, so if you are just starting out, then you should just start with doing one French braid. Two French braids look lovely, but I don’t recommend trying to do two if you aren’t experienced in braiding.

After you have decided how many braids you are making, you are ready to begin. We will only attempt one French braid in this tutorial. First, you can choose to sit in front of a mirror or not. I recommend doing so only if you aren’t distracted by yourself. I find that I like French braiding when I’m not looking at myself. Then, starting with the hair closest to your forehead, you will divide your hair into three sections. Grab the roots of the three sections and comb each section out carefully, being careful not to pull any hairs with your comb. Begin to braid the three sections as if you were making a regular braid.

Once you have started to make a regular braid (about an inch or two), you can begin the “French” part of the French braid. Grab hair that is on the right side of the right section and add that hair to that section. Now, you have made the right section thicker. Do so with the left section. Continue to braid a half inch. Repeat the process again, grabbing more hair on either side of the left and right sections and adding them to the left and right sections, respectively. The goal is to keep grabbing more hair so that no hair is left on the head, and it is all added to each section. It is not a very difficult task if you see it done on somebody else’s head. You will get the concept and you’ll be able to use it on your own hair.