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10 French Braid Hairstyles That Add Flair To Your Look

Braids have been really in style for a while. The French braid is a beautiful type of braid that we’ve been doing for ages! It may seem complicated, but is actually really easy. You just have to break it down, learn, and practice its few steps. Once you’ve mastered this braid, there are so many French braid hairstyles you can create! Here are some of our favorite ideas.

The Original

This is a classic French braid which neatly pulls the hair away from the face and keeps it in place.

Classic French Braid Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Take a large section of hair from the top center of your head.
  2. Separate this section into three strands.
  3. Take the strand on the left and cross it to the center.
  4. Take the strand on the right and cross it to the new center.
  5. Take the new strand on the left to the center, but this time incorporate hair on the side of it that was not included in the initial large section created.
  6. Take the new strand on the right to the center, but this time incorporating hair on the side of it that was not included in the initial large section created.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you read the nape and there is no more loose hair to incorporate into the braid.
  8. Continue doing a regular three-strand braid by alternating crossing the left and right strand to the center until there is no more hair left to braid.
  9. Secure with an elastic.
  10. Tame flyaways and secure the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Applying a product like Spray Wax before braiding will keep hair together, neat, and more controllable during braiding.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and any texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Side

This style is a classic French braid that is braided over the top and to the side.

Classic Side French Braid Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Instead of doing a classic French braid down the center of your head, work down the side of your head. The easiest way to picture this step is by visually moving the center part of your hair to whichever side you want.
  2. Secure with an elastic band.
  3. Tame flyaways and secure the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Applying a serum like Gloss Drops before braiding will give the hair a lot of shine.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and any texture will suit this hairstyle.

Both Sides

This style has two French braids on each side that both end with smooth, silky ponytails.

French Braid Hairstyles with Smooth Ponytails

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Part the hair.
  4. Do a French braid on one side until you reach the nape.
  5. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  6. Do a French braid on the other side until you reach the nape.
  7. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  8. Curl each ponytail using a larg barrel iron.
  9. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight will give this hair a long-lasting flexible hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Dutch Braid

This style is similar to a classic French braid, but it is an inside-out version of it! This one in particular is braided to the headshape and then flows into a ponytail of cascading curls.

Inside Out French Braid with Curls French Braid Hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
  2. Curl sections of hair using a large barrel iron.
  3. Do a classic French braid, but instead of crossing strands over the center, cross under the center.
  4. Once you reach the nape, secure the braid with an elastic or bobby pins.
  5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press is a thermal protection spray and hairspray in one.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Side Band

This pretty hairstyle features a Dutch braid created on one side of the hairline that blends into beautiful curls.

Dutch Braid Side Band with Curls

How To Style:

1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.

2. Create a deep side part.

3. Create a Dutch braid two to three inches from the hairline on the heavier side of the part.

4. One your reach behing the ear, secure the braid with an elastic band.

5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight will give the hair a long-lasting flexible hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Longer face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse in texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Tiara Braid

Incorporating a braid to an updo is a great way to add interest and more detail to the overall style. This one in particular mimics a tiara!

Updo with Tiara Braid Updo with Tiara Braid Back View

How To Style:

  1. Create a Dutch braid from one side of the head, across the top, and to the other side by the hairline or by the fringe area.
  2. Secure with an elastic band.
  3. Tease the crown area.
  4. Secure it with a firm hold spray and bobby pins.
  5. Gather all the loose hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  6. Apply thermal protection to the ponytail.
  7. Curl sections of hair in the ponytail using a small barrel iron.
  8. Pin the ends of the conrow underneath the ponytail.
  9. Set the style using a firm hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray is a great hairspray for updos like this one!

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Wider face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Accent Braid

A small side French braid takes this gorgeous updo of cascading curls to another level.

Updo with Curls and Side Braid

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
  2. Curl sections of hair using a small barrel iron.
  3. Create a side Dutch braid two to three inches from the hairline.
  4. Secure with an elastic band.
  5. Gather the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  6. Pin the hair on the ponytail that is close to its base up and foward to the hair on top of the head.
  7. Secure the style with a firm finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray is great for giving updos long-lasting hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Wider face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Braidhawk

French braiding the hair on the sides tightly against the head shape helps give the illusion of a mohawk.

Mohawk Hairstyle with Side Braids Mohawk Hairstyle with Side Braids Side View

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  2. Wrap sections of hair around a medium-sized barrel curling iron.
  3. Gather the hair below the occipital bone into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  4. Dutch braid the hair that is one to two inches above that on both sides and secure with an elastic band.
  5. Create two more of the same size Dutch braids above this.
  6. Tease the hair left on top of the head and let the rest of the hair fall backwards.
  7. Secure with a firm hold finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray gives styles like this a strong weightless hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Longer face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

Cornrows

So you’ve learned how to French braid and learned a variation called the Dutch braid. Cornrows are another variation! Instead of adding new hair to the strands on the left and right, you add a strand to the center as well. Having conrows braided sleek against the head makes the texture next to it look bigger.

Braid Hairstyle with Cornrows and Curls Braid Hairstyle with Cornrows and Curls Back View

How To Style:

  1. Create a parting on the hair.
  2. Create cornrows backwards on one side by braiding and incorporating new hair to the left, center, and right strands as you go.
  3. Secure with an elastic band.
  4. Create cornrows going diagonally backwards on the other side and secure with elastic bands.
  5. Wrap sections of the loose hair around an extra small barrel curling iron.
  6. Separate the curls with fingers.
  7. Lightly tease the hair with fingers to create more texture.
  8. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray will give this style a strong and weightless hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Longer face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Waterfall Braid

Take your French braiding skills to another level by creating a popular waterfall braid.

Curly Hairstyle with Waterfall Braid Curly Hairstyle with Waterfall Braid Back View

How To Style:

  1. Begin with hair that has been curled.
  2. Take a section on one side of the head and divide it into three pieces.
  3. Cross the left strand over the center strand.
  4. Cross the right strand over the center strand and drop it.
  5. Cross the left strand over the center strand.
  6. Get new hair in place of the right strand that was dropped and cross it over the center strand.
  7. Work your way to the back of the head repeating steps 2 to 6 and secure it with an elastic band.
  8. Do the same for the other side.
  9. Remove the elastic band from the other side and join both sides together by braiding them.
  10. Secure the braid with an elastic band.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight will give this hairstyle a long-lasting flexible hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

All face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse in texture will suit this hairstyle.

Once you master the classic French braid, you can learn different variations of it such as the Dutch braid, cornrows, and the waterfall braid. Don’t limit yourself to just these! Once your learn how to French braid, this skill will allow you to create many different types of braids that you can incorporate into many different hairstyles. Enjoy these fun French braid hairstyles!