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How to Braid Your Own Hair

From fishtails and crown braids to a French braid and cornrows, we're sharing expert tips for how to braid your own hair at home.

From French braids and fishtails to cornrows and crown braids, learning how to braid your own hair is an art form. You can opt to leave it to the pros and make an appointment at the salon, or you can take your strands into your own hands, and follow a few simple tips that makes learning how to braid your own hair easy for even beginners. Below we're sharing how to braid your own hair into a few popular styles using L'Oréal Professionnel products and advice straight from our experts.

How to Braid Your Own Hair into a Traditional Braid

If you're just getting started, a three-strand braid is the best place to start. It's a simple style that looks beautiful and low-maintenance. You can braid your hair into a traditional braid straight down your back or you can choose to braid your own hair on the side.

No matter what kind of braid you choose, you'll want to make sure your hair is free of any knots and has a little grip. If you have texture, your braid will hold just fine but for anyone with sleek, straight strands, your hair naturally has a lot of slip and can easily fall out of the braid. To give it some grip, spray it lightly with a dry shampoo or texturizing spray.

Separate your hair into three equal-sized sections, keeping one side in your right hand between the thumb and index finger and the other side in your left with one section between your middle and index fingers and the other between your index finger and thumb. You will weave each section over and under each other to create your braid.

Start by taking the section that is between your index finger and thumb and crossing it over the center section so it's now in the right hand in between the middle and index finger. Then take the section from between your right index finger and thumb and pull it over the center section into the left hand. Continue this pattern until you've braided your hair.

How to French Braid Your Own Hair for Beginners

Once you've mastered the three-strand braid you're ready to give the French braid a try. Even beginners can easily learn how to French braid their own hair by following a few easy steps. Start by removing any knots and then gather all of your hair at the top of your head and divide into three sections at your hair line or your crown-depending on where you'd like your French braid to start. Braid that section using the same technique you used for a traditional braid except as you weave each section over and under, add a small amount of hair from either side to that section. You'll repeat this movement until you've finished and can then secure with a small elastic.

How to Braid Your Own Hair in Cornrows

Cornrows are a gorgeous style for natural hair but learning how to braid your own hair in cornrows is definitely not for beginners. Often a salon professional will be the best person to guarantee your cornrows look neat, tight, and lay flat to the scalp. But if you want to try to braid your own cornrows, you can try these tips.

Start by brushing through your hair to make sure there are no knots. Next, create a section of hair at the top of your head and separate that section into three smaller, equal-sized sections-right, left, and center. Unlike with the French braid where you add hair to the side sections, you will be adding a small amount of hair to the middle section each time. Go slow and keep the hair pulled tight so that it stays flat to the head and keep your palms down toward the scalp.

How to Braid Your Own Hair in a Fishtail Braid

If you have long hair, a fishtail braid is an easy way to elevate an otherwise laidback look. You can create one large fishtail braid and wear it to the side to evoke instant mermaid vibe or weave two together for an elegant updo. In order to fishtail braid your own hair you'll need to first separate your strands into two equal-sized sections and place a section in either hand. Using your index finger, remove a small piece from the outside of one section and bring it to the inside of the other. Repeat this on the opposite side. Continue to repeat this movement until you've finished and secure with a clear elastic. In order to make your braid look fuller, carefully tug at each loop without tugging it out of the braid.

How to Braid Your Own Hair into a Crown Braid

Perfect for boho brides and bridesmaids, a crown braid is an ultra-feminine hairstyle. The crown braid, or a halo braid, is basically a take on the Dutch braid, where you French braid each section under vs. over the center. To start, part your hair down the center from the hairline to the nape of your neck, as though you were making pigtails. Secure one section with an elastic to keep it away from the section you'll be working on first. Take the free side, separate it into three smaller, equal-sized sections and start Dutch braiding at the nape of the neck keeping it pulled taut to the scalp. As you braid, add in sections of hair. Once the braid has passed the forehead, you can stop pulling in sections of hair as you go and just use the traditional braiding method. Secure the end with an elastic and leave it hanging free until you've completed the other side. Starting at the hairline of the opposite section, Dutch braid back toward the nape of your neck. Once each section is braided and the ends are secure, wrap each side around the literal crown of your head, stacking one on top of the other and securing with bobby pins.

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