How to French Braid on Two Sides

Updated November 21, 2016

French braiding is similar to cornrows except the braid is not visible outside of the hair, but instead is tucked underneath the clean braid. In sports and in the arts, the hairstyle keeps hair out of the face of athletes while competing, practicing and concentrating on their activity of choice. The French braid may consist of one braid down the centre of the head, or can be adapted into two French braids -- one on each side.

Comb through the hair, ridding it of any tangles or knots. Create a straight part in the hair from the centre of the forehead hairline to the centre of the back of the neck using the pointy end of a rattail comb.

Gather the hair on one side and bunch it up into a ponytail or bun, leaving the remaining half of the hair down.

Separate the first 1 inch of hair near the side of the forehead at the hairline into three equal sections. Cross the left section over the centre, then the right section over the now-centre section.

Grab a piece of hair from the left side of the braid, combine it with the now-left section of hair and cross that double section over the now-centre piece. Grab another piece of hair on the right, combine it with the piece on the right and cross that section over the now-centre piece. Repeat this step until you reach the back of the neck.

Braid the remaining hair by crossing the left and right sections over the centre without adding anymore hair because it should already be included higher in the French braid. Secure the end with a hair elastic.

Repeat the process after removing the hair elastic from the other side of the head and combing through the hair. Secure that side with another hair elastic that is even with the first.

Things You'll Need

  • Rat-tail comb
  • 2 hair elastics
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