Mastering the French braid: A simple step-by-step guide

Jeanette | 09 October 2016

Perfect your French braid skills in a flash with our easy, French braid tutorial. 

Believe it or not, learning how to French braid your own hair is actually a lot easier than you might think – all you need is an expertly crafted and easy-to-follow guide.

So, ahead we’ve put together a really simple how-to, so you can perfect your technique! Trust us, after reading our 6 step, French Braid tutorial, you’ll be able to French plait like a total pro.

Just scroll down to discover the secrets to braiding your own hair, now!

How to do a French braid in 6 easy simple steps!


How to French braid your own hair: All Things Hair: The back view of a brunette with a French plait
French braids are easy, once you have a simple how-to guide!

Step 1

To create your easy French braid, begin by taking 2-3 inches of hair at the top of your head, and dividing it into 3 equal sections.

Editor’s tip: Find that your tresses are too fine and silky to hold braids properly? No need to fret: just generously spritz your hair with the VO5 Give Me Texture Rough & Sexy Sea Salt Spray. This sea salt spray will instantly help give your tresses extra texture and grip – making the whole plaiting process a lot easier!

Step 2

Take your right section of hair and cross it over your middle section (this will become the new middle section of hair), then cross the left section of hair over your ‘new’ middle section.

Step 3

Repeat this weaving process, picking up hair from the sides of your head, and adding them to your left and right sections as you continue to braid.

The back view of a blonde with an easy French braid
Don’t forget to secure your braid with a small hairband. Credit: Dvora

Step 4

Keep plaiting your sections of hair, adding new sections from the sides, to create your French braid. Do this until you reach the nape of your neck.

Step 5

Now you’ve reached the nape of your neck, it’s time to start plaiting a classic 3-strand braid. This standard plait should be easy peasy after learning how to make a French braid!

Step 6

Finally, secure the end of your braid with a small hairband – and that’s all there is to it! A beautiful French braid completed in 6 simple steps!

Editor’s tip: To ensure that your French braid stays put all day long, top off your plait with a generous mist of the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray. This fast-drying hairspray will help give your French braid loads of hold and shine, while also protecting your plait from frizz and flyaways. Woohoo!


Did you love learning how to make a french braid? Then you need to take a look at our bountiful Braids page! It has loads of other quick and easy braided hairstyles so that you can master every plait under the sun.

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