Ever been mesmerized by that neat, intricate braid running down someone’s back and thought, “I wish I could do that to my hair”? Well, with a sprinkle of patience and a dash of practice, you can French Braid Your Own Hair like a pro.
Hair braiding is a combination of art, tradition, and a touch of patience—especially when the canvas is your own head! To learn how to French Braid Your Own Hair is not that different from doing it on someone else. There are a few different tricks that need to be incorporated into the learn ing process. Let’s dive in.
Brief History of French Braid for Context:
The French braid, a name we’ve adopted, surprisingly doesn’t have clear French origins. I know instinctively I have assumed that it’s from France. I mean it’s in the name! However, it’s an age-old technique appreciated by many cultures, from ancient African tribes to early Greek civilizations. This braid, with its intricate weave, has been a symbol of sophistication, elegance, and sometimes even status. It is not to be confused with a very similar braid, the dutch braid – see the difference between the two braids.
There are no extra materials you need to French Braid Your Own Hair. But here are the tools you will need for braiding hair in general.
- A hairbrush or comb to detangle hair
- Hair clip or claw to keep hair sections you are not working on separated
- Hair ties or elastic bands to secure
- Optional: Hair spray or serum for a smooth finish
- Texture spray for grip (a game-changer, especially for silky hair!)
- Mirror (for initial practice, though you might ditch it later!)
French Braid Steps:
- Hair Prep: Begin with detangled hair. For better grip, spritz a bit of your texture spray, especially if your hair tends to be slippery.
- Section Your Hair: At the crown, divide your hair into three even sections.
- Begin the Weave: Starting the braid, cross the right strand over the middle one, followed by the left strand over what is now the new middle section.
- Integrate and Braid: As you continue downwards, integrate more hair from the sides of the head into your main left and right sections. Maintain the ‘over’ pattern.
- Final Touch: When you’ve woven to your heart’s content, or maybe just the nape of your neck, tie off your masterpiece with a hair tie.
- Optional, Pull it apart: This is where you could take the french braid apart a bit for more texture or pull certain colors out a bit to show them off. If your hair is freshly washed and too slippery, the texture spray will be your holy grail. It provides the necessary grip for holding the braid together.
French Braid Tips (On Your Own Hair):
- Practice, Practice, Practice: The first time? Maybe a mess. The tenth time? A work of art. Patience is your best friend. It’s a cliche saying but it’s very true ‘Practice makes everything better’.
- Mirror Mirage: While it seems helpful, mirrors can often confuse beginners because of the reversed movements. Trust your fingers and feel your way through the braid.
- Voice Guide: Saying the steps aloud (“right over middle, left over middle”) can help establish a rhythm and reduce errors.
- Conditioning: If you are having trouble at first, remember it takes time to condition your mind and body (it’s true for memorization and for muscle memory). Try it again the next day it should become easier. Some experts say you need to have at least three sessions to condition your muscles.
- Hand Fatigue: It’s real. Take breaks if needed. With time, you’ll be doing it in minutes instead of half an hour. 🙂
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Variations of French Braids on your own hair:
The beauty of the French braid is its versatility. Once you’ve mastered the classic style, there’s a realm of variations to explore:
- Double French Braids: Why have one when you can have two? How to french braid your own hair two sides is quite simple. Divide your hair down the middle and braid both sides. You will need a hair clip to keep the section of hair you’re not working on separated.
- Crown French Braid: This halo-esque style involves braiding around your head. It’s regal and oh-so-boho-chic.
- Side French Braid: Instead of the classic back-down style, start from one side and braid diagonally, finishing at the opposite side.
- Fishtail French Braid: This combines the integration technique of the French braid with the intricate pattern of a fishtail.
In essence, learning how to French Braid Your Own Hair isn’t just about achieving a stunning hairstyle; it’s about embracing a new skill, understanding your hair better. Also, let’s not forget it’s about enjoying some therapeutic ‘me-time’. So, next time you’re lounging with a movie, why not practice a braid or two? Before you know it, you’ll be braiding away effortlessly in minutes.