Anyone who’s ever rocked two French braids will agree when we say they’re pretty much the superwoman of hairstyles. Weather, workout and all-around life-proof, it’s a look that every woman should have up her sleeve. Plus, two French braids are an easy style to master and they’re not nearly as intricate as they look.
To help you out, we’ve broken this process into seven simple stages to show you how to create two French braids like a pro! So grab your comb and your hair ties, and let’s get braiding:
Two French Braids: A Beginner’s Guide
Prep your hair.
It’s best to weave with hair that’s a little more lived-in and dirty. However, if you’re loyal to your hair washing schedule, use dry shampoo, like Dove Refresh+Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo. This will help refresh your hair and provide it with some volume.
Editors’ tip: For any natural-haired ladies out there looking to learn how to do French braids, skip the dry shampoo and apply a nourishing oil, like The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil, throughout your ends before styling. This lightweight oil works to hydrate your strands while also keeping frizz at bay.
Create a center part.
Using the end of a rat-tail comb, divide your hair down the center of your head. Try to create an even part as you go down your hairline. Clipping up one section helps stop you from accidentally pulling in any hair from the other side.
Take hair from the hairline.
Now it’s time to learn how to French braid your hair! Taking a piece of hair around 3-4 inches from just above your temples, divide it into three equal sections.
Begin French braiding.
Start by creating a standard three-strand braid, braiding left over middle, right over the middle. From here, all you need to do is take up more hair from the surrounding area, pulling it into the braid as you go.
Continue your plait.
Continue down your scalp. Once you’ve reached the nape of your neck, you should find that you’ve run out of extra hair to bring into your braid. At this point, the hard work is over. You can finish up the rest of your braid using the three-strand method again. Now repeat on the other half of your hair and secure your two French braids in place each with a hair tie.
Tie it up.
Finish your braid a couple of inches from the ends of your hair. Not only will this stop the bottom of your braids from looking straggly, but it will also reduce any chances of your style falling out.
Finish with hairspray.
And that’s it, you’ve created your double French braids! Now all that’s left to do is to give your braided style a spritz of some hairspray, like TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Non-Aerosol Hair Spray. This spray helps keep your style in check all day and tames any wayward frizz. If you have layered hair, spray some hairspray onto your fingers and use it to set down any flyaways that may have escaped from your braid.
Editors’ tip: For a more textured look, we love using a light-hold hairspray like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1.
Now that you’ve learned how to style your hair into two French braids, you won’t believe how many more hairstyles are now at your fingertips. Try twisting your strands into a low braided bun for a quick and easy updo, or take inspiration from the image above and rock these playful pigtails.