Back to basics: Learning how to French braid

Watch our step-by-step tutorial and master the art of French braiding! It’s not as complicated as you think, all you need is a bit of practice!

A classic French braid is the foundation of most of the prettiest braided hairstyles ever invented, so you cannot NOT know how to do this ‘do! As a sophisticated variation of the basic three-strand braid, the French braid can take you from a bad hair day to a dressed-up casual night out. It has the ability to sweep up hair of different lengths, which is perfect for all the ladies with layered hairstyles looking to polish their tresses, while making sure there’s texture on the mane to keep it fun and feminine.

When you learn how to create this basic braid, you can do a hundred different versions. From updos to half-ups to other intricate plait hairstyles, play around with it and explore the different ways you can transform the French braid’s endless possibilities. Well, you know what they say, better late than never, so click the play button on our tutorial video above and discover the fun of French braiding!  

Hair tutorial: How to French braid


Start with clean, fresh hair



Dry your hair and brush it gently to get rid of tangles and make it smooth and frizz-free.


Section hair

Take a section of hair from the top front of your head and divide it into three equal parts.


Start weaving

Take the right section and cross it over the middle section. Next, take the left section and cross it over the middle one. Gather a bit of hair from the right side and add it to the right section—this should now be a larger portion. Now cross this whole section over the middle. Do the same on the left side. Make sure the sections of hair you’re adding are roughly equal so your braid doesn’t end up looking lopsided.


Secure & loosen

Use a hair tie to secure the end of your braid, then gently pull apart to loosen it and make it look fuller.


Set your style

Use TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray to make sure your French braid doesn’t come undone.

Once you’ve gotten the hang of French braiding, you can create hairstyle masterpieces like these half-up, half-down styles or, even get to braiding your man! check out all our braided hairstyles here for more inspiration!

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Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Shampoo
Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Conditioner
TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray