Day Eight: French Braiding {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Eight: French Braiding
Skill To Learn: Braiding Like The French (apparently)
Difficulty: Moderate, if you’re not familiar
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 2 Clear Elastics

For Day Eight of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s tackle french braiding!  If you are a newby to braiding, you will find some helpful starting points at my post on simple braiding.  Are you ready?  Let’s go!

Begin by putting some of your hair up in a half-ponytail.  This step is optional, but it will keep the frenchiness of the braid from falling loose as you are putting it together.  As you become more familiar with your hand positioning, you can begin with less in the initial ponytail, and eventually graduate to just the three strands sectioned out.   And that is where you go next.  Separate the hair from your elastic into three strands and begin your braid.  Remember, left to the center, right to the center?  As you cross your right to the center, you want to take a horizontal slice and smooth that hair over into the center with it.  And then as you cross your left into the center, you take another horizontal slice from the left side and smooth it across.  Continue this pattern until you get to the nape of your neck, braid it out to the length of your hair, and fasten it with a clear elastic. 


If, with some practice, you still find french braiding too difficult, let me show you an alternate way to achieve a similar result.  In these pictures, I did the style down both sides of her head, but it can be done singly, straight down the back as well.  All you have to do is fasten each individual horizontal slice with a clear elastic.  You can make those slices as thin or a chunky as you want depending on the look you want.  When my girls were tiny, I used to style their hair this way with rainbow hairties to coordinate with their outfits! 🙂 


 So that’s it!  Remember, if you are having difficulty, practice on someone else.  And try rearranging your arm positioning.  Watch yourself from the back with two mirrors or close your eyes and picture what your hands are doing.  But don’t give up!  Let me know if the concept is still muddy for you, and maybe I can explain it differently. 

Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness! 


About ~Sarah

Artist. Musician. Writer. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Christian. Existentialist. Pilgrim.

Posted on January 8, 2012, in beauty, hair tutorials and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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