Introduction to French Braiding Your Own Hair on Two Sides
What is a French Braid?
A French braid is a classic, timeless hairstyle that features a three-strand plait where hair is gradually incorporated from the sides, creating a neat, tight braid.
In this article, we'll explore how to create a French braid on both sides of your head, which can elevate your hairstyle game.
Benefits of French Braids
French braids are not only stylish, but they also come with several benefits. They keep your hair secure and out of your face, making them perfect for various activities such as working out, dancing, or just everyday wear.
Additionally, French braids can help protect your hair from damage caused by friction and breakage.
Tools and Materials Needed
A good hairbrush is essential for detangling your hair and ensuring a smooth braiding process.
You'll need two hair elastics to secure the ends of your braids.
Bobby pins can help secure any loose strands or flyaways.
Optional: Hair clips
Hair clips can assist in keeping hair sections separated while braiding.
Preparing Your Hair
Clean and Dry Hair
Start with clean, dry hair. Washing your hair beforehand helps remove any buildup, making it easier to manage while braiding.
Detangle Your Hair
Thoroughly brush your hair to remove any tangles or knots. Smooth hair is crucial for a neat French braid.
Parting Your Hair
Using a comb, create a center part from your forehead to the nape of your neck, dividing your hair into two equal sections.
The French Braid Process
Beginning the Braid
Start with a Small Section
Begin at the front of your head, near your hairline, and take a small section of hair about 2-3 inches wide.
Splitting the Hair into Three Strands
Divide the small section of hair into three equal strands: left , middle, and right.
Left Strand Over
Cross the left strand over the middle strand, making the left strand the new middle strand and the middle strand the new left strand.
Right Strand Over
Next, cross the right strand over the new middle strand. The right strand becomes the new middle strand, and the middle strand becomes the new right strand.
Add Hair to the Strand
As you continue to braid, incorporate hair from the sides by adding a small section of hair to the left strand before crossing it over the middle strand.
Do the same for the right strand. This gradual addition of hair creates the French braid effect.
Finishing the Braid
When you reach the nape of your neck, and there's no more hair to add, continue braiding in a traditional three-strand braid until you reach the end of your hair. Secure the braid with a hair elastic. Repeat the process on the other side.
Tips for French Braiding Your Own Hair
Practice Makes Perfect
French braiding your own hair can be challenging at first, but with practice, you'll become more comfortable and efficient.
Maintaining consistent tension throughout the braiding process is essential for a neat and secure braid. However, be mindful not to pull too tight, as this can cause discomfort or hair breakage.
Handling Layered Hair
If you have layered hair, use bobby pins or hair spray to secure any stray hairs that may poke out of the braid.
Styling Ideas and Variations
Instead of crossing the strands over each other, cross them under. This creates a Dutch braid, which stands out more prominently from the head.
A fishtail braid involves dividing your hair into two sections and crossing small strands from one section to the other, creating a unique and intricate pattern.
Create two French or Dutch braids on either side of your head and pin them up across the top to form a crown-like appearance.
Learning how to French braid your own hair on two sides can be a fun and rewarding skill. With practice, patience, and the right tools, you'll be able to create a stylish and secure hairstyle for any occasion.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How do I prevent my French braids from becoming loose or messy?
Ensure that your hair is thoroughly detangled and maintain consistent tension while braiding. Use bobby pins or hair spray to secure any stray hairs.
- Can I French braid my hair if it's short?
Yes, you can French braid short hair, but it may be more challenging to keep the braid secure. Use small hair elastics or bobby pins to help keep the braid in place.
- Do French braids work on all hair types?
French braids can be created on various hair types, including straight, wavy, curly, and coily hair. However, it may be more challenging to achieve a neat braid on extremely curly or coily hair.
- How can I make my French braids last longer?
To extend the longevity of your French braids, sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction, and cover your braids with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf. Avoid excessive touching or manipulation of your braids.
- How do I take care of my hair after French braiding?
After removing your French braids, gently detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb or brush, starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. Consider