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How to do a French Braid in 6 Easy Steps

A classic French braid is similar to a basic 3-strand braid, except instead of bringing all of the hair together at the nape of the neck, French braids start higher up at the crown and more hair is added in as the hair is braided.

Believe it or not, learning how to French braid your own hair is actually a lot easier than you might think – all you need is an expertly crafted and easy-to-follow guide. So we’ve put together a really simple how-to, to help you perfect your technique! Trust us, after reading our 6 step French Braid tutorial, you’ll be able to French plait like a pro.

Scroll down to discover the secrets to braiding your own hair.


1. Use a Dry Shampoo or Hairspray

Give your hair texture and grip by spraying some dry shampoo or hairspray over the mid-lengths and ends of your hair.

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Lightly spray some of the TRESemmé Firm Hold Styling Hairspray on your hair and brush it backwards (teasing the hair slightly). This step will help your braid stay in place longer, especially if you have fine or very soft hair.


2. Section Your Hair

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To create your French braid, begin by taking 6-7 centimetres of hair at the top of your head and dividing it into 3 equal sections.


3. 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.


4. Weave in Hair as You Go

Repeat this weaving process, picking up hair from the sides of your head, and adding them to your left and right sections as you continue to braid. Do this until you reach the nape of your neck.


5. Swap to a Three-Strand Braid

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


6. Spray and Secure

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To ensure that your French braid stays put all day long, finish the look with a generous mist of the TRESemmé Extra Hold Styling Hairspray. If you have any stray flyaways, smooth the hair down with your hand after you use the hairspray to lock your strands in place.

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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