A French braid is a variation on the classic three strand braid where you add in hair to each section as you form the braid.
It follows the regular braid (plait) technique where you cross the right strand over the middle and the left over the right, continuing to bring the hair over into the centre.
By adding in hair as you go, this makes the braid hug your head. This allows you to create so many shapes and a huge variety of textures in your hairstyles.
French Braid Hairstyles
A Dutch braid is the reverse of a French braid.
It’s sometimes called an “inside-out” braid or reverse braid.
The technique is the same, except that instead of bringing sections of your braid over and into the centre, you bring them under.
This creates one of my favourite braid styles as you can see the shape of the braid on top, while the sections of added hair sit smoothly underneath.
You can find step by step guides for braiding your own hair in my 30 Braid in 30 Days ebook.
Full picture tutorials of all of these braided hairstyles are in my ebook, along with a braid troubleshooting guide and product styling tips.
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What’s your favourite braid style?