How to Braid Fringes

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How to Braid Fringes
Braiding your fringe works well with long side fringe. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Braiding your fringe or bangs is a process anyone can do with practice. For the best look, you must have fairly long fringe that extend down to your ear or below. This is an attractive way to keep the long fringe out of your eyes while studying or reading. Braiding the fringe with a french plait is an uncomplicated way to give your hair an elegant, classic look for a special event or party.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Rubber bands or ponytail holders
  • Hair barrette or hair clip (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Part your hair on the side and comb out any tangles.

  2. 2

    Work on the side with the most hair.

  3. 3

    Separate your side fringe from the rest of your hair with the comb.

  4. 4

    Pull all the rest of your hair back in a ponytail temporarily. This enables you to braid the fringe more efficiently.

  5. 5

    Divide your fringe into two sections. Comb the front section down in front of your face.

  6. 6

    Grab the reminder of your fringe that are toward the back with your dominant hand and separate it into three equal pieces.

  7. 7

    Place the front strip of hair that has been divided into three sections over the middle strand.

  8. 8

    Wrap the third or back section of hair over the middle one.

  9. 9

    Repeat this method all the way to the end of the fringe, but each time you start to grab the front section, grasp about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the section you combed straight down and add it to the braid. Try to keep the braid taut and close to your scalp for the best effect (See ref 1 graph 3).

  10. 10

    Wrap the end of the braid with a rubber band or ponytail holder to keep the braid together.

  11. 11

    Tuck the end of the braid behind your ear and remove the rest of your hair from its ponytail.

Tips and warnings

  • Braiding your fringe makes it shorter. If it is not long enough to tuck behind your ear after completing the style, pin it back with an attractive hair barrette or a hair clip. Sparkly barrettes add an elegant touch to this hairstyle if attending a dressy occasion.
  • If the braid doesn't look neat and even the first time, simply take it down and try again. French plaiting is not difficult but it does require patience and persistence.

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