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Sweet Style Trend: French Braids

Braided styles are favorites in spring and summer. And it’s no wonder: These sweet looks are perfect for garden parties, country excursions and fresh everyday style. One of our favorite braids? French! We explain how to do it and share our special tips and tricks

Braids are a huge trend this year. And so they should be! Braids are perfect for summer and totally wearable. Whether in everyday life, at garden parties or evening events, there’s a braided hairstyle to suit. Braids are also a wonderful style for wedding guests. One of the most popular braids is the French braid. The great thing about this classic style (besides the fact that it’s always in): There are several versions of it. We tell you everything you need to know about this sweet look.

French braid tips and tricks

  1. Apply a texturizing spray or mousse after washing and before you begin to braid. This will make the hair less slippery and easier to braid. Dry shampoo also provides more texture in the hair.

  2. A braid will come together even better if the hair is not freshly washed. Slightly dirty hair has better hold and is easier to braid.

  3. At the end, secure your French braid with a fine, small hair tie. Ideal: Hair ties without any metal parts – to avoid hair damage or breakage.

  4. Finish your braid with hairspray. This will smooth down any flyaways and give your style longer-lasting hold.

  5. Got curly or wavy hair? The easiest, most beautiful results are achieved when braiding straight, smooth hair. Curly haired ladies can make their hair straight with a hair dryer or flat iron before beginning.

  6. To achieve a French braid, you’ll need hair that’s shoulder length or longer.

 

Instructions: How to do a basic French braid

The French braid looks more complicated than it really is – we promise! With a little practice, you can easily achieve the look on your own hair.

 

Step-by-step to a French braid:
 

  1. Brush your hair back away from your face.

  2. Gather the hair from your forehead to your crown and divide it into three sections, beginning relatively high up on the top of the head. Tip: Use a tail comb to more easily separate the sections.

  3. Start braiding. First, complete two basic braid steps. Then continue braiding, adding new strands of hair into the right and left section as you go.

  4. Once you’ve worked in all of your hair, complete the look with a basic braid down to the ends. Or, if you prefer, you can stop at your nape and secure your braid with bobby pins.

  5. Secure the braid with a hair tie and finish with hairspray. Tip: Spray on a shine spray for extra gloss.

 

Long French braid on back of head

Twice the fun: These two French braids begin further down the back of the head.

French braid version 1: Half crown

A braided crown is a beautiful variation on the classic French braid. It’s a perfect look for summer celebrations or festivals. This half-version works well in hair that’s shoulder length or longer.

 

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Brush hair and create a deep side part.

  2. Pick up a wide section of hair, starting at the center part. Divide this into three parts. Complete two basic braid steps, then continue to braid, adding small new strands of hair into the right and left sections as you go.

  3. Once you reach ear height, stop gathering in new strands and resume braiding hair normally until you reach the end.

  4. Secure the braid with a hair tie and use bobby pins to fix it in place, either above or below the remaining loose hair. If you don’t want to leave the rest of your hair loose, try styling it into a bun, and wrap the braid around the base.

  5. Tip: Want more volume? Use a bobby pin to gently loosen individual strands from the braid. Finish with hairspray.

 

French braid version 2: Full crown

 French braid as crown

Super sweet and summery fresh: A hair crown.

A full hair crown works well in very long hair. Here the hair is braided all the way around the head, making it look like you’re wearing a lush crown of your own braids. Tip: Add fresh flowers to give this look even more of a summer feeling.

 

Begin as if though you’re creating a half crown:

  1. Brush hair and create a deep side part.

  2. Pick up a wide section of hair, starting at the center part. Divide this into three parts. Complete two basic braid steps, then continue to braid, adding small new strands of hair into the right and left sections as you go.

  3. Don’t stop at ear height (as in the half-crown), but continue to braid as before, adding new strands in from above and below the braid.
    Once you have braided all the way around the head, braid normally to the ends and secure the end result to the top of your head using bobby pins.

  4. Finish with hair spray or, for an even stronger hold, with hair lacquer.

 

French braid version 3: The reverse French braid

The reverse French braid is a great everyday style, especially for young women. In principle, this braid is created like a normal French braid, except braiding is done from below, giving a reversed look.

 

  1. First brush the entire hair, then tip your head upside down. This makes braiding on the underside of your head easier.

  2. Gather up the hair from your nape and divide it into three strands. Complete two basic braid steps, then continue to braid upwards from your neck, adding new strands from the right and left sides as you go.

  3. Stop braiding at ear height, gather all your hair together and create a bun. Tuck the ends under the bun and secure with bobby pins.

  4. Slightly loosen the hair on top of your head with your fingertips and finish with hair spray. Done!

 

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