How to Do Two French Braids on the Side of Your Head

Updated July 19, 2017

Creating two French braids on the sides of your head may sound like a project for a hair artist, but it really is not. French braid pigtails are actually simpler to create than the traditional French braid, because you are working with less hair on each side of your head, once the hair is parted. With a few utensils, French braiding your hair is a breeze.

Brush your hair to remove any knots. For the French braid, you want your hair to be as smooth as possible. Knots will create unnecessary lumps and bumps.

Using a comb, part your hair in the centre from the front of your hair line all the way to your neck. A comb will create a neater part, because it is smaller and more tailored than a brush.

Wrap a ponytail holder around half of your hair to keep it out of the way as you braid the first side.

Divide the top layer of the loose side of your hair into three, even pieces. Ideally, you want these pieces to be around 2-inches wide. Begin braiding by taking one side piece and placing it on top of the centre piece, and taking the other side and placing it over the previous piece. Continue this three more times.

Add additional pieces of hair from the sides as you continue down the side of your head. Ideally, you should add pieces that are around 1 1/2 to 2 inches as you continue the braid, so you have an even, polished look. Continue adding hair until you run out of hair to add.

Finish braiding the rest of the hair until you are an inch from the hair's tips. Secure the ends of your braided hair with a ponytail holder. Repeat the steps on the other half of your hair.


If you French braid your hair while it's damp, you will not have as many flyaway loose ends, plus it will be easier to grab even pieces.


Layered hair might not hold up in French braids as well as hair that is all one length. Shorter pieces may become loose as the day goes on.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Ponytail holders
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Yuurei Serai began writing in 2008 when she wrote an ebook for Experian. She has written for Purdue University's "Chronicle" newspaper as well as for various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a Master of Fine Arts in literature and composition from Purdue University. She has been teaching English and media arts since 2010.