How to Do an Inverted French Braid

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The inverted braid is an advanced technique using the basic skills of French braiding. With a standard French braid, hair sections are braided over each other. With the inverted braid -- sometimes called the inverted French braid or Dutch braid -- the sections are braided under each other, resulting in a relief-style effect. Be comfortable and confident with your French braiding techniques before attempting the inverted braid.

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Things you need

  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Non-rubber hair elastics

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  1. 1

    Remove tangles and knots by combing hair smooth with a fine-tooth comb.

  2. 2

    Separate a 4-inch wide section of hair above the forehead. Divide this section into three parts, A, B and C.

  3. 3

    Hold sections B and C between your index finger and thumb, while adding a small section of hair from the side to section A. Move section A under section C. Add another piece of hair from the side to section B and move it under section A. Continue braiding the sections under, instead of over, each other.

  4. 4

    Braid down the back of the head, until there is no hair left on the sides to include into the main sections. Leave 2 to 3 inches of unbraided hair at the end, below the nape. Grasp the end of the braid with your fingers to prevent unravelling.

  5. 5

    Wrap a non-rubber elastic around the hair just below the braid. Re-wrap the elastic to tighten, if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice inverted braiding on unwashed hair. The silky, slippery texture of freshly-shampooed hair unravels and slips easily in a braid.
  • The key to proficient braiding is practice. Don't give up if your first braid doesn't turn exactly as you envisioned.

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