“You can adapt French braid skills to many unique hairdos.”
To make this French braid, you will pick up new sections of hair as you braid from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck.
1. Use a tail comb to make a section of hair at the hairline in the center of the forehead. Divide the section of hair into three strands.
2. Start a three-strand basic braid.
3. Cross over the right strand and hold it in place with your left thumb. With your right hand, pick up a small section of hair from the hairline toward your braid. You can also use a tail comb to help you pick up a new section of hair. Add this new section to the crossed-over strand.
4. Cross over the left strand and hold it in place with your right thumb. Pick up a small section of hair on the left side. Add it to the crossed-over strand.
5. Continue working from the crown to the nape, adding sections of hair on each side. Keep braiding even after you’ve run out of extra hair to pick up.
Variations on the French Braid
“Once you’ve mastered the French braid, try dividing the hair into two sections with a part down the middle for “pigtail” French braids. Or use a section of hair parted from one ear to the other to make a braided “headband.” If you cross the strands under each other instead of over as you braid, you will create a braid that sits on top of the hair. This overbraiding technique is used to make cornrows—tiny braids made with small sections of hair that are braided close to the scalp.”
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