Braiding is one of the most populous hairstyles in this 21st century. Most women prefer to braid their hair because of how young and smart it makes them look. There seem to be new discoveries of how one can braid one’s hair as a lady. You do not need to wear the same type of braid always because versatility is one of the attributes expected in a lady. From the regular three-strand braid to Dutch braid, to fishtail braid, to upside-down braid, French braid, and so on, you can see you have a whole lot of options to pick from.
This article, however, focuses on everything you need to know about French braids, its uniqueness, and a step-by-step guide on how to French braid your own hair. Sounds interesting, right? Let’s get down to it then.
French Braid: What You Need to Know
The French braid is also known as “French plait.” The phrase “French braid” was first heard in 1871 in a short fiction titled “Our New congressman,” written by March Westland. From that time till now, French braid has gained grounds as many women prefer it to other twists because of how lovely it makes their hair appear. Also, this braid style is used by many women to protect their hair from tangling while they sleep; this means it is an exquisite protective style.
The most exciting aspect of this braid style is that you can do it on your own without having to visit the salon and without the help of anyone. How easy you are able to French braid partially depends on the length of your hair. If you have long hair, French braiding on your own will not be tasking, but if your hair is short, French braiding can be pretty much challenging.
French braid starts with three small sections close to the top of your head, which is braided down to the nape of your neck and then down to your hair length. As you cross each section from the sides into the middle of the braid, you keep adding a small amount of hair to each section. French braiding can be done in different ways that you desire. You can make the braid slant or braid into a bun.
French braiding will not only make your hair look classy and sophisticated, but it would also help spread your hair weight across your scalp.
How do You Go About French Braiding Your Own Hair?
Admittedly, French braiding your own hair is not a child’s play. It is a little more difficult than a simple braid because it involves mental calculations, and you would also have to keep your hands elevated and suspended above the back of your head for a long time. Regardless, if you can carefully follow this step-by-step procedure below, you would be able to fix up your own hair. It might really be nerve-wracking at first, but the more you try French braiding your own hair, the easier it becomes, and the better you also get at it.
1. Ensure your hair is perfectly combed and tangle-free to make things easier. Comb your entire hair to the back.
2. At the front section of your hair near the top of your head, gather an even amount from each side and hold together.
3. Divide the hair you are holding into three sections of equal volume and each of the sections with your left hand in between your fingers and your thumb.
4. With your other hand, take the left-hand section, pull it to the right and pull it down to the middle so that it now becomes the middle section.
5. Take the hair on the right-hand section and pull to the left and down to the middle to form a new middle section.
6. Take a small amount of hair from one side of your hair (you might start with the right or left side as you wish) and join it to the nearest braided section. For instance, if you are taking the small hair from the right side first, join it to the braided segment close to the right.
7. Now you would be having double sections of hair on the right ( that is if you are starting from the right). Then pull them over to the left side ( just the way you did in step 4). Pull them down to the center of the braid to create a new middle section.
8. Now take another small section of hair from the left side and also join it to the nearest braided segment on the left. Then pull the double sections over to the right and pull them down the center.
9. Repeat steps 5 to 8 as you work your way down: keep taking a small amount of hair from each side of your hair and incorporating them in the braids until you get to the nape of your neck.
10. When you reach the nape of your neck, firmly braid the remaining length of your hair out and secure the tip with an elastic band.
After French braiding, add spray all round the hair and use your hands to smooth back hair strands sticking out. You can wear your French braid for as long as you want.
If you have short hair or hair structured in layers, you should use Bobby pins to make French braiding easy for you. The Bobby pins would help hold down all the hair in the French braid. You can start French braiding at the back section of your hair once you get used to the whole process. Also, French braids should be done as tightly as possible so that your entire hair can stay put together.
You can also watch videos of these steps for more understanding.