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, and 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:
Tutorial: Three-Strand Basic Braid
Start on clean, washed hair.
Prep hair with your pre-styler of choice.
Split hair into three sections.
Continue till the ends.
Tie it off.
Already mastered how to do a simple braid and are ready to try a different version? Check out our fishtail braid tutorial.