How to Do a Reverse French Braid in 6 Easy Steps

Up your braid game with this reverse French braid!

In our books, the reverse French braid is a great alternative to traditional a French braid. While French plaits lay flat against your head, its close cousin, the reverse braid sits on top of your hair and creates a cool, 3D pop-out effect (all thanks to the ‘reverse’ weaving technique).

At first glance, it might look too difficult to create an inside-out French braid, but we promise it isn’t. Just simply watch our video tutorial, above and scroll down to see how easy it really is!


Prep and section.

Before you create your chic reverse French braid, give your hair some extra texture and grip by spraying the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray all over the mid-lengths and ends.

Doing this will make braiding a total breeze, especially if you’ve got naturally fine hair.

After you’ve done this, begin by taking 2-3 inches of hair at the top of your head and divide it into 3 equal sections.


Start plaiting.

The trick to achieving the perfect inside-0ut French braid? Making sure to weave the outer sections under the middle section, as opposed to over like you would with a regular French braid.

Take one of the outer sections of your hair and cross it under the middle section. Then, continue to cross the opposite outer strand under the middle section.


Add in some hair as you go.

While weaving, pick up additional hair from below at the sides of your head and add them to your outer sections as you continue to braid.

Do this until you reach the nape of your neck.


Finish braiding and secure.

Once you reach the nape of your neck, continue weaving your inside-out braid until you reach the ends of your hair.

Then secure your reverse French Braid with an elastic band.

Hair hack: To make your braid look fuller, try pancaking it by gently pulling apart each section of the braid. Doing so will make your plait instantly look thicker and Pinterest-worthy.



To ensure your reverse French braid looks like a work of art all day long, finish the look with a generous mist of the TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspray.




Final look.

Now you’ve completed your impressive plait, will you flaunt your reverse French braid at work of the gym?

Editor’s tip: Want to dress up your inside-out braid? We love the idea of using pearls or a ribbon for a touch of glamour.