How to French Braid Your Own Hair

Learn how to braid your own hair with our easy beginner's guide.

how to do a french braid on dark brown hair in five minutes



One of the best places to look for beauty inspiration is from the street style set. If you’ve been following the major hairstyle trends strutting on pavements across the globe lately, you’ve probably come across an array of braided hairstyles like the French braid.

And if you’re anything like us here at All Things Hair, you’re completely obsessed with the french braid trend! These days, we’re particularly focused on learning how to French braid. Even if you’ve never learned how to braid your hair before, it’s a great chain for beginners: This plait is easy, classy, has an adorable ’90s feel and most of all, is as trendy as ever. Read on to learn how to do a French braid in a few easy steps:

Tutorial: How to French Braid Your Own Hair


Refresh with a dry shampoo.

Before learning how to do a French braid on yourself below, refresh your hair by spraying Dove Detox & Purify 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. 

french braid tutorial: dry shampoo

Section the hair.

To create your French braid, begin by taking a section of hair that’s 2-3 inches thick and dividing it into 3 equal sections.

French braid tutorial: section hair

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.

a rear view of a woman making a braid on her long dark hair

Swap to a three-strand braid.

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

Secure the style by tying the ends of your braid with a hairband.

French braid tutorial: secure ends

Finish your style.

To ensure that your French braid stays put all day long, finish the look with a generous mist of Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray

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

French braid tutorial: hairspray
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You’ve nailed it! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

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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