A french braid is a classic hairstyle worn by women of all hair types and lengths. Women can create formal styles with french braids, or use french braids as a casual look for work or school. While it may be easier to have another person french braid your hair for you, it is possible to make french braids yourself. You can even create two french braids in a pigtail style.
Part your hair down the middle using a comb. Start from the center of the front of your head and part your hair in a straight line running from the front of your head to the back where your head meets your neck.
Check that your part is straight by holding one mirror in front of you and the other in back. Your part should have no zig-zags and should run in a straight line down your head.
Secure the hair on the left side of your head with a scrunchie so hair does not get in the way of your first french braid.
Put a small amount of gel on the edges of the hair on the right side of your head and brush your hair upward and away from your face. This will ensure your french braid looks neat.
Use your fingers to divide the top of the section of hair on your right side into three smaller sections. You will now have a right, middle and left section of hair for this braid.
Grab a small amount of hair to add to the right section and cross the right section over the middle section so the right section is now in the middle. The middle section should now be on the right.
Add a small amount of hair to the left section and cross the left section of hair over the middle section of hair.
Continue to cross the right and left sections of hair over the middle sections, adding hair as you go along.
Once you have crossed a section across another, pull the hair in order to keep the braid tight. For example, pull the right section of hair outward to the right, the middle outward toward the center, and the left outward to the left.
Continue crossing and tightening each section until you have completed the braid down the center of the right side of your head.
Secure the braid with an elastic band.
Release the section of hair you have secured with the srunchie and repeat the above steps for your second french braid.
Smooth any flyaways with your hand and add hairspray to any flyaways if needed.
Christina Whitaker began her writing career in 2005 in newspaper journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA and a law degree. Her legal experience includes work in Federal Court, and civil and criminal litigation. She also maintains a blog on social, pop-culture and cultural matters.