Tutorial: How to Do a Simple and Stylish Braid

One basic braid to rule 'em all.

Despite what all those amazing YouTube tutorials may lead you to believe, absolutely no one is born a braid master. We’ve all had to start at scratch at some point in our lives, whether through guidance from your older sisters, your middle school BFFS, or yeah, that big-time celebrity vlogger, even learning how to do a simple braid can be frustrating without the right help at first.

The basic braid, or, as we call it in the industry, a regular three-strand braid, is one of the most fundamental of hairstyles you’ll ever come across—it’s just as much a classic as a basic ponytail or a ballerina bun. The stitch and sectioning process in a three-strand braid is also a basis for a lot of more complex plaits.

Whether you’re an intermediate-level braider or are a total, all-thumbs braid novice, how to do a basic braid has never been easier than with our simple braid tutorial below. Read on for this easy step-by-step and confidently change your hairstyling game forever:

Step 1

Start on clean, washed hair.

For a more natural body and texture, we like using clean hair as a basis for a simple three-strand braid. In this case, wash and rinse with a lightweight moisturizing system, like TRESemmé Pro Pure Micellar Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. Rinse well and towel-dry, or power-dry gently with a blowdryer.

how to do a simple braid on clean, straight hair
Step 2

Prep hair with your pre-styler of choice.

For this post, we used a small amount of serum, such as TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum, and spread it on the lengths and ends. Create a side part.

how to do a simple braid with serum
Step 3


Brush hair from root to tip with a comb or boar-bristled brush to remove any knots or tangles. Brush hair over one shoulder for easier maneuvering.

how to do a simple braid by prepping with a brush
Step 4

Split hair into three sections.

Three is always the magic number when learning how to do a simple braid. Split your hair evenly into three sections: left, middle, and right.

how to do a simple braid per section
Step 5

Begin weaving.

Cross the left section over the middle, then the right section over the middle, adjusting your grip if necessary.

how to do a simple braid with a basic plait
Step 6

Continue till the ends.

When done right, you should start seeing a medium-to-thick V-shaped stitch form down your ponytail.

how to do a simple braid till the ends
Step 7

Tie it off.

Secure your three-strand braid with a neutral-colored hair tie. Tugging the chains apart (a.k.a. “pancaking”) makes the overall braid thicker and fuller-looking.

how to do a simple braid with a hair tie
Step 8


You can finish off your look with some flexible-hold hairspray, such as Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray, to prevent flyaways and provide light hold. You’re all set!

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Are you thinking about trying out this style? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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