Braiding for Beginners

black haired woman with fishtail braid

There are four main types of braids – a 3-strand braid, French braid, and fishtail braid. And the best part is? Once you learn these basic braiding techniques you can come up with SO many more style variations.


Now if you’re just starting out, the best way to begin is to tie your hair into a side ponytail and begin working with the braid at the front of your head so it’s easily visible.


The 3-Strand Braid

  • Divide your hair into 3 even pieces and then simply cross your outer strands over the middle piece. So it goes like this: left strand over the middle, right strand over the middle, and repeat. Do this motion until you’ve reached the bottom and secure!


French Braid

  • Start by taking a section of hair and similar to the 3-strand braid you’re going to divide it into 3 even pieces. Next, you’re going to cross the right strand over the middle and the left strand over the middle. To make it a French braid you’re going to add small sections of hair from outside the braid and work them into the outer strands as you move down your head. Basically, you’re just adding hair to the outer strands and crossing them over to the middle, making them the new middle strand. Repeat these motions the entire way down the braid. Note: if you prefer a loose French braid, simply work with larger sections of hair, loosely adding the outer strands of hair.


Fishtail Braid

  • Divide your hair in half, taking a small section of hair from one side and crossing it over and adding it to the opposite. Repeat this on the other side as well. You’ll notice that this creates an “X” pattern. Keep with this same motion and crossing it over to the opposite side until finished. For a messier fishtail, simply tug at the outer edges of the braid until satisfied.



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Posted: Nov 14 2016
by: Leyla Milani Hair

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