When it comes to braiding hair, the three-strand braid is the ultimate first step to start with as a beginner. Once you’ve mastered this, you’ll be ready for other hairstyles as well as tackling these, such as herringbone braids. Just watch our video on the post for a simple guide to these variations. Also go down the step-by-step instructions.
Braiding hair for beginners
There are simple, beautiful, and quick solutions for a longer, thicker braid. For the easy version, position yourself in front of a mirror and bring all of your hair forward over one shoulder. Brush the hair first for a smooth and knot-free base.
Part your hair into three sections – left, middle, and right. Take the left strand of hair and cross it over the middle one. First catch the right strand of hair and pull it over the middle as well. Hold the braid in place as you braid each stitch and hair. So continue to crisscross over each hair piece until you get to the bottom of your hair. Use a headband to tie the end with it.
First, grab the same section of hair from the front of the temples. Again, part the hair in triplicate. Start by crossing the right side over the middle strand. Repeat the process with the left side. Pull the right piece of hair over the middle section of hair and hold it in place. Then pull some hair from the right side and add it to the right strand that you are holding.
Then, cross the left strand of hair over the middle one and grab some hair from the left side. Add these to the left side you are holding right now. Repeat this until you have braided and tied all of your hair. Tie the rest of the hair using the basic three-strand braiding technique. Secure the braid with a hair elastic.
Braid hair – Dutch braid
Grab the same sections of hair from the top of your forehead. Divide the hair into 3 equal sections of hair and cross the right section under the middle one. Take some hair from the right side and add the current right section of hair underneath. Be sure to keep the hair tight.
Proceed to the left area by dragging it under the middle one. Take some hair from the left side and add it under the current left strand that you are braiding. Repeat this until you get to the last sections of hair.
When adding these to the braid, be sure to keep the hair tight. Keep braiding down like a simple French braid, but cross the side strands under the middle one. Tie the end of the braid with a hair elastic as usual.
Put the hair in a ponytail and split it evenly in half. Pick up a small section from the outside edge of one page. Cross this over and add it to the other side.
Repeat with a small hairpiece from the other side adding it to the opposite side. Braid to the end of the hair and tie with a hair elastic.