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French Braids

French braids are a classic take on the general braid. French Braids are simple to do, look elegant and are certainly more stylish than a ponytail. A French Braid can be done for any occasion, whether it is a party, formal lunch or office meeting. The general braid just includes the ends of your hair, but a French Braid is a sophisticated braid that includes your whole hair and not just the ends. The French Braid is also beautiful to look at, as it appears to be sleeker, finer and more artistic than the general braid. This type of braid looks tough to do, but once you start doing it, it gets easier. All you need is simple instructions, someone with long hair to practice the braid on, and there you go. With the perfect requirements, you are all set to master the art of making a French Braid. All you need is a dash of patience to do this style carefully and it will lead to the creation many beautiful hairstyles.

Simple instructions for the French Braids:

A small section of hair has to be divided into three parts. Remember that this section should be the place where the braid will start.

Now, each section has to be combed smoothly.

The right section has to be crossed over the middle section so that the original right section becomes the middle section.

Now, all the sections have to be pulled away from each other to tighten the plait.

The left section has to be crossed over the middle section so that the original left section becomes the middle section.

The plait has to be tightened again.

Using the pointed end of a comb, a small section of hair on the right has to be lifted by drawing a line against the scalp from the hairline. Take this line to the middle of the braid an inch beneath the first plait. More strands create a more woven appearance.

The new section of hair has to be added to the existing section on the right. Now, it has to be crossed over the middle section.

The plait has to be tightened.

Again using the pointed end of the comb, lift a small section of the strand from the left by marking a line against the scalp from the hairline to the centre of the braid along with the section you just lifted on the right side. Now, add this section on the left side and then cross it over to the mid section of the braid.

This process has to be continued by alternating the right and left sections over the middle section. Remember to tighten each plait as you weave you way through the entire length of the braid.

Stop braiding once you reach the hairline.

The end of the braid has to be tied using a ponytail holder

For easier braiding, just follow the following tips:

  • Wet the hair a little bit before braiding it for a better result.
  • Leave-in conditioner can be used to reduce the tangles.
  • Do not make a very tight French Braid, as a loose braid rests smoothly.
  • If you have frizzy hair, styling gel can be added to soften the texture.

More fun with French Braids:

A simple up-do style can be done by turning the tail of the plait and pinning it out of sight. This style works best with French Braids that are short. You can also wrap the braid around the head in the shape of a crown, or do the horseshoe style. You can also twist the French Braid into a bun, for a different look. French braids are so popular because they are the perfect style for for proms and parties and look more beautiful with accessories like cute hairclips and flowers.

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