Now that my hair has gotten long again, I find myself trying out more and more as far as styling goes. I love braids and taught myself how to french braid my own hair a few months ago. French braiding can be difficult if you have very soft, fine hair like mine, but if you practice enough it gets easier pretty quick. One of my new favorite ways to wear my hair is in side french braids. This look can be Boho or it can be turned into a beautiful updo without very much effort.
Begin by parting your hair down the center or as close to center as you like. You will be starting on one side and then moving to the other, so if you like you can tie off the section you aren’t working on to keep it out-of-the-way. If you hair is long enough, like mine you can simply toss it over your shoulder and not have to fuss with it.
Next, take a nice size section of hair at the top of your head, from the front to the middle of the back of your head. Comb it out and then separate it into three relatively equal sections.
Take the very front section and pull it over the middle section.
Then take the back section and pull that over your new middle section.
Now here comes the tricky part of French braids. You need to add in new hair to your two, new end-sections. Meaning that, while you are still holding your hair into these three separate sections you will grab some hair from the back of your head towards your ear to add into the back section and then add new hair from the front towards your ear to the front section. I know, it is tough. Your fingers are going to get all kinds of confused and maybe even sore from holding, but with practice you will figure out how to do this best. Once you have added more hair to your end sections you want to again pull the front section over the middle and then pull the back section over that, just like at the start.
Once again grab more hair from the back of your head and add it to the back section and more hair from the front of your head and add it to the front section. I like to use my thumbs to gather up the new hair. I basically find the back center part with my thumb and then sweep my thumb through towards my ear, stopping when I am under the middle of my braid and then I do the same in the front. After you have added more hair to your front sections just pull the front section over the middle then the back section over the new middle.
Once you get down to the bottom of you ear you may run out of hair to add into the front section of your braid. That is fine. Just continue adding hair to the back section then doing your overlap procedure until you reach the nape of you neck. You will then be able to quickly braid the rest of your hair.
At the end of that side you just tie off your hair with an elastic band then move on to side two. Following the same steps as side one, now complete side two.
If you like your braids less boho and with more definition I suggest you take more time with your part and the selection of new hair to add to your front and back sections. You can stop here, or you can very easily turn this look into a cute updo.
To make an updo out of your braids simply take one side and pull it behind your head slipping the end into the nape section of your other braid and pin or clip it into both the braid and the hair at the nape of your neck.
Here is how it looks from behind. You may even want to pin your sections together in the center of you nape as well for more security.
All done. Very cute and takes just a few extra pins and minutes.
I hope you like this style. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.