How to do a side French braid for beginners

Beth | 07 March 2019
Side French braid how-to: Collage of three images of a brunette woman with a side French braid, wearing a burgundy knit
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Create a Pinterest-worthy side French braid with our easy video tutorial and step-by-step. 

Long hair is trending once again but those with flowing tresses will know the difficulty of finding practical styles that keep your hair out of your face. Today we’re showing you one of our favourites with our side French braid tutorial, a twist on the classic French plait that’s perfect for everyday wear.

The perfect balance between smart and girly, once you get the hang of it this versatile look should take you under 10 minutes. So, whether you’re a total beginner or a braids lover looking to expand your skills, let our side French side braid hair tutorial show you how it’s done. Hit play on the video above to see exactly how it’s done or read on for more help on each step.

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Side French braid how-to: Brunette model with long hair swept to one side, holding three small sections of hair about to braid her hair, wearing a burgundy jumper
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Take a section of hair & divide into 3.

To start off this side French braid, sweep all of your hair around to one side and use a tail comb to create a side part. Then take a small section of hair from near your hairline and divide it into 3.

Editor’s tip: Try applying the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm before styling. Not only will it add texture, making it easier to braid in the first place, it’ll also give your braid more staying power so it lasts longer. 

Side French braid how-to: Close-up of a brunette model with long straight hair starting to French braid her hair, wearing a burgundy knitted jumper
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Begin braiding.

Now you’re ready to start braiding! Start as if you were doing a regular 3-strand braid by passing the left section over the middle, then the right over the middle.

Side French braid how-to: Close-up of a brunette model with long straight hair, braiding her hair in a side French braid and wearing a burgundy jumper
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Add in more hair as you weave.

As you weave, pick up additional hair from either side and incorporate it into your braid as you go, continuing the ‘left over middle, right over middle’ process.

Side French braid how-to: Brunette model braiding her hair into a side French braid, wearing a burgundy knitted jumper
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Continue braiding around the back of your head.

Continue braiding around the back of your head until you reach the opposite side than you started on.

Once you run out of extra hair to pull in, complete the rest of your side French braid using the regular 3-strand braid method. 

Side French braid how-to: Brunette woman with long hair in a side French braid, tying the bottom with a hair elastic, wearing a burgundy jumper
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Secure with a hair tie.

Once you’ve braided all of your hair, secure with an elastic to keep it all in place.

Editor’s tip: Don’t have any clear hairbands to hand? Take a section of hair and wrap it around the end of your ponytail to conceal your hairband and give a cleaner finish.

Side French braid how-to: Brunette woman with a side French braid, gently pulling on her braid to
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Pancake your braid.

Use your thumb and first finger to ‘pancake’ your braid, pulling it from either side to create a fuller, thicker appearance.

Then, give it a spritz with a strong-hold hairspray, like the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. Not only will this lock your style in place, it’ll also prevent any unwanted frizz from cropping up throughout the day.

Side French braid how-to: Side profile photo of a brunette woman with long hair in a side French braid, wearing a burgundy knit jumper
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Final look.

And it’s as easy as that, you’re officially a braiding pro! The best part is, now you’ve got the basic method down you can use it to create even more looks, like a pretty side braid updo.

 



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