How to french braid in pigtails? If you’ve already mastered the three-strand braid without looking in a mirror, it’s time to crack the technique for French braids (in name only, seen for millennia throughout history).
They look complex, and up until now you may have been mystified as to how to keep track of all that hair with just two hands, but I promise they’re not as hard as they look!
French braids are extremely comfortable to wear, since they distribute tension and weight evenly over your head. They are incredibly practical for securing your hair, especially short hair around your face.
In this lesson, you’ll try French braiding each half of your hair at a time, so it’s easier to see what you’re doing in a mirror.
Begin by parting your hair down the middle and securing one half with a clip or elastic, as we’ll just work with one half for now.
Step 1: Three Strands and a New Addition
Grab a section of hair at the front, as you did in lessons two and three.
Divide it into three sections and start a crossing-over braid. Complete a stitch or two
The next time you’re getting ready to cross over the section closer to your face, grab an additional bit of hair from your scalp nearby.
Incorporate it into the braid section and cross the whole thing over to the center position.
Step 2: Add Some From the Other Side
Now you’re going to the same thing on the other side, near your part.
Use your fingernail or a comb to scoop up a neighboring section of hair to become part of the braided section as you cross it over.
Then do it again on the side closer to your face! Smooth the sections as you go, either with your fingers or a brush.
It’s ok if it doesn’t look neat; since when was anybody’s first attempt perfect? (Or second, for that matter?) We’ll reflect and improve upon your technique later in this lesson.
Step 3: Repeat Along the Way
Continue braiding along the side of your head, adding hair to each section as you go.
Braid until you run out of hair to add, then braid whatever hair remains. Secure the tail with a small elastic, or criss-crossed bobby pins if your hair is super short.
Step 4: Compare and Reflect
Now braid the other side! This time, try to keep the sections held more taut, and add smaller sections of hair at a time than you did the first time.
Compare the two braids. What’s the difference in the overall appearance, and how did the size of the sections affect the proportions of the braid?
Keep practicing your French braids until you get the hang of it! Try making one French braid down the center of your head. If you have an uneven hairline at the neck, like me, you might prefer a Dutch braid, which is better at hiding that extra bit of hair that always seems to stick out.
How to Make a Single French Braid
Gather three small sections of hair where you want to begin the braid. These sections of hair should be equal in size.
Cross the right section of hair over the middle section so that the right is now the middle piece of hair. Then, cross the left section over the middle, making the left the new middle piece of hair.
Next, on the left-hand side gather a small piece of hair and add it to the left-hand section in your hand. Cross that over the middle strand and then repeat this process on the right-hand side.
Continue repeating step three until you reach the nape of the neck. You can either secure the braid with a rubber band at this point, or you can continue with a regular, three-strand braid down the length of your child’s hair before securing it with the rubber band.
How to Make French Braid Pigtails
After parting your child’s hair and securing one side with a hair clip, take the other side and gather three small sections of hair of equal size near the crown of the head.
Follow steps 2-4 for the single French braid.
Next, unclip the other side and make your French braid, following steps 2-4 for the single French braid.
How to French Braid Your Own Hair
Girl, jump on the French braid bandwagon and learn how to French braid your own hair. Check out this tutorial on how to French braid your own hair. I’ll walk you through it step by step as I do my own hair in pigtails.
Please tell me I wasn’t the only little girl who laid on the floor for hours and hours learning how to French braid my own hair? I taught myself when I was in 3rd grade and never looked back.
In middle school and high school, I was dubbed the “braid girl” because I braided EVERYONE’S hair for every dance (cornrow phase) and soccer game known to man.
I’ve always loved doing everyone else’s hair…and my own! Once I hit college, I stopped with the braids because it wasn’t trendy. Lucky me, 8 years later…it’s back in style! I think we can thank Kylie Jenner for that one. JK, but seriously.
Our good friend Laura, who is also the manager at ModernWell is really the one who inspires Linley and me to get creative with the braids in our hair again.
She is the KWEEN of French braids. Praise be that French braiding your own hair is a learned behavior because after 8 years I still remember how to do it! Now…I do it almost weekly and love it every time.
Why French Braids
French braids are amazing and for so many reasons. I mostly throw them in on day 3 or 4 of very dirty hair. It does wonders for covering up grease and girl, you don’t wany a greasy lookin’ head now do you?
Natural looking waves
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