How to French braid - two easy techniques to try

/ 01.21.2014
French braid
  French braid

The French braid is a classic, elegant look that's great for any occasion, and fits with nearly every outfit but even with the perks of this chic 'do, many tend to avoid it because of its complicated and intricate appearance - a bit like the fishtail. But here's the good news: although it seems tricky, it's actually an easy style to master!

Below, you'll find a quick and easy how-to to get you on your way.

The classic center French braid

This French braid is the familiar look that starts front-and-center, and travels down your head to the nape of your neck. First, it's important to de-tangle and de-frizz the entire length. You can use L'Oreal Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand-Smoother Serum Spray to keep hair sleek and smooth for this look!

Begin by taking a single straight row of hair at the top of your forehead. Split into three strands, à la the standard braid, and start crossing left and right strands. Do this only a few times. Then, with each cross-over, incorporate more hair into the braid by pulling in small sections as you work. You should have incorporated all of your hair by the time you reach your neck, and from there, simply braid normally until you reach the ends.

One-sided French braiding

Sometimes, an asymmetrical look can perfectly mix up your hairstyle routine, and provide a fun and pretty alternative! This time, you can take a front section right at your hairline to create the "crown" look, or take hair from farther in for less severe look. Now, do the same as with the centered braid, but take pieces going horizontally down your head as you braid towards your ear. You can stop there and finish the braid down the side of your neck, or you can keep going all the way around your head to form a crown.

French Braiding doesn't have to be intimidating, and you can master this glamorous look with most hair lengths. For more looks and easy hair tutorials, check out our other how-tos and keep rocking new styles!

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