French-braid pigtails might look like a complex masterpiece of hair art, but you don’t have to be an experienced stylist to create the look. It’s actually a lot simpler than you might think. Here’s how pull it off on your own.

Things You'll Need

Brush your hair to remove any knots and get your hair as smooth as possible. Knots create unnecessary lumps and bumps.

Using a comb, part your hair in the center from the front of your hair line all the way down to your neck. (A comb creates a neater part, because it’s smaller and more tailored than a brush.)

Tie off half of your hair to keep it out of the way as you braid the first side.

Divide the top layer of the loose side of your hair into three even sections. Ideally, these should each be around two inches wide. Begin braiding by taking one side piece and placing it on top of the center piece, and taking the other side piece and placing it over both. Continue this three more times.

Add additional pieces of hair from the sides as you continue down the side of your head. Ideally, you should add pieces that are around 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide so you have an even, polished look. Continue until you run out of hair to add.

Finish braiding the rest of the hair until you are an inch from the ends. Secure the ends with a hair tie. Repeat the steps with the other half of your hair.


  • If you French braid your hair while it’s damp, you won’t have as many flyaway loose ends, and it will be easier to grab even pieces.