How to do a French Braid in 6 Easy Steps

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

A classic French braid is similar to a basic 3-strand braid, except instead of bringing all of the hair together at the nape of the neck, French braids start higher up at the crown and more hair is added in as the hair is braided.

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!


Use a Dry Shampoo.

Give your hair texture and grip by spraying some dry shampoo all over the mid-lengths and ends of your hair.

This step will help your braid stay in place longer, especially if you have fine or very soft hair. 


Section Your Hair.

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


Start Braiding.

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.



Weave in Hair as You Go.

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.

Do this until you reach the nape of your neck.


Swap to a Three-Strand Braid.

Once you’ve reached the nape of your neck, take the remaining hair and plait it into a classic 3-strand braid.

Secure the plait by tying it with a hairband.


Spray and Secure.

To ensure that your French braid stays put all day long, finish the look with a generous mist of the VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

If you have any stray flyaways, smooth the hair down with your hand after you use the hairspray to lock your strands in place. 


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And you’re done! You now know exactly how to French braid your own hair. Amp up the look by adding a blinged-out hair accessory or try putting your own twist on this classic braid.

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