28 French Braid Hairstyle Videos Ideas And French Braid & Dutch Braid

FRENCH BRAID


The French braid is a classic, timeless hairstyle. It is created by initially following the basic braid technique and then adding in small sections of hair from each side as you continue down the back of your head. The French braid sits close to your head and is a beautiful way to wear your hair up. It looks great in curly, wavy and straight hair types and suits all hair lengths, from shoulder length to extremely long hair.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes, but you can do this in your own hair with practice.

ACCESSORIES

Thread ribbon through as you braid to accentuate the structure or use a decorative hair elastic at the end of the braid for a pretty finish.

TRY THIS

Once you’ve mastered the French braid style, you can move it around to create an infinite number of hairstyles. Try a half braid, diagonal braid, S-shaped braid, or an upside-down braid bun.

WHAT YOU NEED

• Brush
• Hair elastic

1. Start by taking a section of hair at the top of your head and splitting it into three equal pieces. In the same way that you form a regular braid, bring the left section over the middle and the right over the left (now middle).
2. When you bring your left over the middle again, grab a little extra piece of hair from the left side of your head, combine it with the left section, and bring them into the middle together.
3. Then, on the right side, bring that section over the middle and add in another piece of hair from the right-hand side. This way you keep forming a regular braid but you add in sections of hair as you go.
4. Continue down the back of your head, adding in equal sections of hair to your braid.
5. Once all your hair is added, finish in a basic braid and secure the end with a hair elastic.

TOP TIP

To keep your braid straight, be aware of your dominant hand—if you’ re right-handed, concentrate on your left hand. Also, look down as you braid. If your head is turned, the braid won’ t be straight. Make sure you keep the sections that you add in even, and keep the braid taut (but not too tight) as you work.

DUTCH BRAID

Now that you’ve practiced doing a basic braid and a French braid, you can move on to the Dutch braid! This style is really just the reverse of a French braid, and is sometimes called an inside-out braid. Instead of bringing pieces over and into the middle, you bring them under and into the middle so that the braid sits proudly on top. This style suits straight hair, but also looks great in curly hair.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes, but you can do this in your own hair with practice.

ACCESSORIES

Like with the French braid, you can add ribbons or bows for a sweet look, or add flowers for a bohemian twist.

TRY THIS

This versatile technique can be used in many hairstyles and can be varied to create an infinite number of looks. Try braiding your hair diagonally downward or into an upside-down braid bun.

WHAT YOU NEED

• Brush
• Hair elastic

1. Start by taking a section of hair at the top of your head and splitting it into three equal pieces. Begin braiding by taking the left piece under the middle piece and the right piece under the left (now middle) piece.
2. Bring the left piece under the middle again, and add in a small section of hair from the left side.
3. Continue on the right, bringing the right piece under, and adding in a small section of hair from the right-hand side. This way you’ll keep forming a reverse braid, but adding in sections of hair underneath as you go.
4. Continue down the back of your head, adding in equal sections of hair to your braid.
5. Once all your hair is added, finish in a reverse braid and secure the end with a hair elastic.

TOP TIP

This braid takes some practice, but you’ ll actually find it will hold in your hair longer than a French braid because the layers don’ t need to reach over the top. The Dutch braid looks best when it has been stretched out. You can see the shape better, and it gives the impression of thicker hair.

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