How to French Braid Hair Into Pigtails

By Serena Styles

A French braid is a practical yet elegant style that keeps hair out of your face while maintaining a well-kept appearance. French braid pigtails are an alternative to the single ponytail braid, creating a cute and girly style. Creating French braid pigtails requires time and patience, but the result will last from morning until night without maintenance. All you need to create French braid pigtails is two everyday hairstyling supplies.

French braid pigtails are suitable for most any occasion.

Step 1

Brush your hair smooth, and part it evenly down the center of your head. Braiding unbrushed, tangled hair will be messy and uncomfortable.

Step 2

Secure the hair on one side of the part with a hair tie to keep it out of your way while you braid the other side.

Step 3

Brush the loose hair so it hangs straight down, toward your shoulder.

Step 4

Separate three 2-inch-wide sections of hair at the front of the head, between the temple and part.

Step 5

Cross the right section over the middle section of hair. The right section is now the middle section.

Step 6

Cross the left section over the middle section of hair. The left section is now the middle section.

Step 7

Repeat the process with the right section, this time gathering a 1/2-inch-thick section of loose hair before crossing over. Gathering loose hair from the scalp holds the braid close to the head, creating the French braid appearance.

Step 8

Repeat the process with the left section, gathering another 1/2 inch of loose hair as before.

Step 9

Continue braiding in this manner, moving along the scalp until you can no longer gather loose hair. At this point, continue the braid away from your head, until you reach the tips of your hair.

Step 10

Secure with a hair tie.

Step 11

Remove the hair tie from the opposite side of the head, and repeat the braiding process.