Friday, May 24

'The Basics' Hair Week, Tutorial #5: Th French Braid

This is a tutorial I've been waiting to do for a long time, because I do use braids the most in my tutorials (and will use them a lot in the future) out of any of these, and I get asked a lot about how to do a french braid, so here it finally is!  
Braids mixed with buns and curls are perfect for weddings and proms, and they are also ideal for anything in the the complete opposite direction such as a trip to the beach or for working out. I only do braids when I work out because there's no lump at the back of my head for when I'm doin yoga or stretches, no big ball or hair bouncing around when I'm running, and worst of all no waterfall of messy hair clinging to my back and shoulders, etc. Okay anyways:) here we go:
Supplies needed:
- 1 hairtie
- hairbrush
- hairspray
- tiny hairtie or clear elastic (optional)
Method:
Step #1: Start with relatively straight/smooth hair, because it'll make it a ton easier if your hair is not getting tangled and caught during the braiding, and also the finished product will be prettier! Brush the top of your hair back from ear to ear, pull the hair together a couple inches above your ears into your first section, and if you're nervous going in, secure it with a clear elastic or small hairtie. 
Step #2: Seperate two chunky sections right above your ears, and you have three beginning sections. As pictured above (you might use a two-way mirror if you have one), pull the right section over the middle one swapping right and the middle(now right is in the middle), then pull the left over the new middle section, swapping left into the middle. Make sense? If not read it again as you walk yourself through it in the mirror.
Step #3: Think of each time you handle both the new right and left sections as a unit or set. Keep going back and forth,  Right than left. Right than left. Also remember that what makes it a french braid is how each time before you start to pull either the right or left section to the middle, you pull another section of hair from that side to combine with the original. To begin another unit; Pull more hair into right section, right goes over and into middle. Pull more hair into left section, Left goes over and into middle. Pause, and another unit done! I hope it makes sense?
Step #4: Once you run out of hair on your head, you simply stop pulling hair in and just keep with a regular braid, right over into middle, left over into middle. Now that you're done braiding, tie off with a hairtie or ribbon, and I like to tug my hair out of the braid a bit and  fluff my scalp a bit for some texture and volume. I also like to tug a few of my flyaways out so it looks more relaxed and easy, but that's totally up to you! Spritz with hairspray for hold if you have silky hair, and you're all done!
I've known how to braid for as long as I can remember, but every time I teach someone to braid it does take them a couple times to get it right, so have no fear! Just remember that practice makes perfect and you'll be just fine;) You also have me if you have any questions, so feel free.
So glad you came by today, and don't forget to enter the Tiffany & Co. giveaway below this post! 
Have a great weekend,
xo, Emily
                                subscribe ♥ instagram ♥ facebook  shop ♥ twitter ♥ pinterest ♥ bloglovin

21 comments:

  1. ADORABLE

    http://abeautifulheart07.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  2. nice & so easy)


    http://malohatbb.blogspot.ru/

    ReplyDelete
  3. I really like that you put so many pictures! Hanna

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so glad to hear that Hanna! I feel funny sometimes picturing something so self explanatory, but then I always hate it when complex tutorials have like three pictures.haha I figure, I'd rather have way too many than too few!

      xo

      Delete
  4. This looks so beautiful on you! I have never been able to pull this off successfully, but I will have to try again!
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope it works out for you Shannon dear! I try to be really basic, but still sometimes I can get confusing, let me know if you have any questions!

      Delete
  5. this tutorial is amazing!
    you are gorgeous
    just followed your cute blog (:

    -ariel
    AuteurAriel

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw thank you thank you, and thank you! I love when new followers make themselves known, I'm so glad to have you here!

      xo

      Delete
  6. Juhu, das beherrsche ich schon aus dem FF :)
    Liebe Grüße
    Nina von Pearlsheaven

    ReplyDelete
  7. So simple but sooo cute ! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  8. In the tropics we don't use a clear elastic or small hairtie to secure. We just braid. It's not difficult to do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's great! I don't normally use one either, but since this is a tutorial for beginners I try and make it as foolproof as possible. Thanks for visiting!
      xo

      Delete
  9. Thanks for all these hair tutes! You rock! I pin all of them as Blue Strong so I can play with my hair, you have the best ones! Thanks xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're so welcome! Thank YOU for taking the time to tell me! made my day:)

      Delete
  10. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm so glad you did a french braid tutorial! You made it really clear (and some tutorials don't do that), so thank you.

    xxLiora
    i-wasnt-there.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. I need to try this. I've been wanting to learn how to French braid.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love french braids and thanks to your tutorial I finally managed to do it the right way! :) THank you so much!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I used your tutorial! You made it so easy to understand. :)
    http://toriamasons-treasures.blogspot.com/2013/08/first-french-braid-attempt.html

    - Toria

    ReplyDelete