French Plaits: Instructions and Styles
- The model is wearing a very classy French plait. When pulled back from the sides to the back the plaits give a very sophisticated look
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The French plait is a classic, which is constantly being reinvented. Although this favourite style takes a bit of practice, the results are definitely worth it. We will show, step by step, how to best do it and how varied it can be
We love the French plait in all its lengths and variations. Since it is so unique as it may look, it can be woven and styled. The French plait put together as a plaited strand is by far the best known method, but it can also be divided, for example, for a very eye-catching effect (see earlier photo).
French Plait: Tips for this Classic
1. Work some mousse into the hair in order to have some body. Next, pull back the hair, and take a section from the top and divide it into three equal parts.
2. Weave the right-hand strand over the middle strand, so the right-hand strand now is in the middle.
3. Weave the left strand over the middle strand, so the left-hand strand is now in the middle. This is the base for the French plait.
4. Now take some hair from the right side, weave it with the right strand, and braid it again over the middle strand, so that this hair from the right strand is now in the middle.
5. Take some hair from the left side, weave it with the left strand, and braid it again over the middle strand, so that this hair from the left strand is now in the middle.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until there is no more hair length remaining, and braid the rest normally to the tip.
7. Finally, set it all in place with hairspray for an optimal hold.
French Plait: Wonderfully Different
Once you have understood the basics and principle behind the classic French plait, you are ready to try out different variations. Our gallery illustrates five different ways of doing a French plait.