French plaits are one of the basic braids that make a big impact when done well. Master the technique and show off your new hairstyle with our step-by-step tutorial:
1. Comb through the hair to get rid of any knots or tangles.
2. Pick up a section of hair at the top of your head and divide into three sections.
3. Take the left section over the centre, then take the right section over the centre in a basic braid. Hold the braid tightly.
4. Holding the braid tightly, take a section of hair from the very front of your head and add to the right section. Make sure this section is right next to the braid.
5. Do the same thing to the left section - add a section of hair from right next to the braid, from the very front of your head. Make sure the sections you add are roughly equal to each other.
6. Once you’ve added hair to each of the sections, bring the left section over the centre, then take the right section over the centre.
7. Again, take a section of hair from next to the braid and add to the right section, and then to the left section. Braid as in step 5 and continue until all your hair has been incorporated into the braid. Remember to hold tight on to the braid as you go along.
8. Once all the hair has been incorporated into the braid, you should have reached the nape of your neck. Do a basic three-strand plait all the way along the length of your hair and secure tightly with a small hair band.
9. Optional: Finish off with hairspray to set your hair, and smooth down the hair to secure any flyaways.
Top tip #1: It’s best to try this plait on second-day hair, when your hair is greasier, less slippery and therefore easier to braid.
Top tip #2
: For a messy braid perfect for an off-duty look, gently tease out some of the braids starting from the top of your head.
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