How to french braid your own hair

07.02.18

Girl, jump on the French braid bandwagon and learn how to French braid your own hair. Check out this tutorial on how to French braid your own hair. I’ll walk you through it step by step as I do my own hair in pigtails.

Please tell me I wasn’t the only little girl who laid on the floor for hours and hours learning how to French braid my own hair? I taught myself when I was in 3rd grade and never looked back. In middle school and high school, I was dubbed the “braid girl” because I braided EVERYONE’S hair for every dance (cornrow phase) and soccer game known to man. I’ve always loved doing everyone else’s hair…and my own! Once I hit college, I stopped with the braids because it wasn’t trendy. Lucky me, 8 years later…it’s back in style! I think we can thank Kylie Jenner for that one. JK, but seriously.

Our good friend Laura, who is also the manager at ModernWell is really the one who inspires Linley and me to get creative with the braids in our hair again. She is the KWEEN of French braids. Praise be that French braiding your own hair is a learned behavior because after 8 years I still remember how to do it! Now…I do it almost weekly and love it every time.

French braiding your hair into pigtails is very simple! All you need is a comb and 2 hair-binders. Check out my video above and a step by step below!

  1. Part your hair down the middle of your entire head.
  2. Your hair is now in 2 sections. Tie one side up with one of your hair-binders.
  3. Start at the crown of your head and grab a small chunk of hair. Separate it into 3 equal parts and perform a braid.
  4. Then, “grab and grab” as I like to say. Add on to your braid on both sides by picking up another little chunk of hair and then performing another braid.
  5. Repeat step 4 all the way down your head.
  6. Secure your pigtail with a hair binder. PS: THESE are my new fav.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 on the other side of your head.
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French braiding takes practice. The more you do it to yourself the better you will get! Once you’re comfortable with braiding your own hair, you can start playing with sizing. The bigger chunks you take, the looser and chunkier your braid will be. You can also have fun with the bottom of your braid. For example, you can go right into a normal braid, or you can do two messy buns or even braid them into one pony! My last piece of advice: watch tutorials. I literally watch hair tutorials all the time on Youtube. I get lost reallll quick in that shiz.

French braids are amazing and for so many reasons. I mostly throw them in on day 3 or 4 of very dirty hair. It does wonders for covering up grease and girl, you don’t wany a greasy lookin’ head now do you?

  • Working out
  • Dirty hair
  • Travel
  • Natural looking waves

Tell me! Do you know how to French braid your own hair? If so, when did you learn!?

Step 1 – Part out a rectangular section of hair

From the temples, section out a rectangle on the top of the head.  You can make this is big or as small as you want, but as I mentioned, we wanted to keep this simple so I used bigger amounts of hair as I sectioned the hair out.

French Braid Cheat from BabesInHairland.com (3)

Step 7 – Undo the first 3 braids

Take out the clips from the first 3 braids you made so they unravel a bit.  These are the 3 bottom braids.  Be careful that they don’t completely come undone.  Leave the clip in the 4th braid (or last braid you made) for now.

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French Braid Cheat from BabesInHairland.com (14)

 Step 8 – Braid the tail of the braid

With the hair that was previously braided, use those sections of hair to make one big braid in the tail.  For the middle strand of this braid, I used one of the unraveling braids and the 4th braid you made that was still held by the clip.

French Braid Cheat from BabesInHairland.com (15)

Once I’d done a few plaits, I slid the clip off of that 4th braid that was made in Step 6.  That was to ensure that things didn’t completely come undone.

Half-Up Side French Braid, Step by Step Tutorial

  1. Grab yourself a section of your hair of about three inches in thickness on the same side of you head at the parting.
  2. Next up, split this hair into three sections of equal side and braid them together using the normal technique.
  3. Combine the first section with the last section to result in one strand.
  4. Use a new section of your hair as a new braiding piece, just as you would with a French braid.
  5. Continue the process all the way down your hairline, being sure to pull tight the strands closest to your ear to prevent the braid for becoming loose at the end.
  6. Use a hair tie or rubber band in the color of your choosing to secure the braid when you reach your ear.

You’ll find the full process illustrate in full above, which you’ll probably find easier to follow and more comprehensively detailed. What’s really great about this simple home hairstyle is that once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be able to get a little more creative with the process and add you own touch of uniqueness to it.

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Feel free to let us know how you get on with it, we’re always happy to hear from you!

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