Perfecting the French plait
1. Prep your hair. Make sure that it is thoroughly brushed to remove any tangles. Smooth hair will make plaiting much easier.
2. Section your hair. Take a large section of hair from the top centre of your head. This section should be about 3-4 inches wide.
3. Separate the section into strands. You will need 3 strands of hair. You will need to separate these by running your fingers through the section you are holding to create 3 even strands. Make sure that none of the pieces are significantly larger or smaller than the other two.
4. Begin to plait the hair. Take your 3 sections; holding 2 strands in one hand and the other held in your opposite hand. Create a few rows of a regular plait by taking the strand on the right and crossing it over the centre strand. Then take the strand from the left and cross it over the centre.
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5. Incorporate in new hair. Continue this pattern of crossing strands diagonally over the centre strand, but gradually begin incorporating other pieces of hair. Before you cross a strand over to the other side, take another strand from the loose pieces on the same side and include it in the cross-over.
Every time you cross over, take another small piece of hair. It doesn't matter the thickness of the new strands you pick up, but the smaller the pieces, the more intricate the plait will look **
Pick up pieces from the front of your head near your face and neck for the best looking French braid. If you only pick up pieces from the centre near the main strand, then they will get covered up later with strands from the outside **
6. Incorporate all of your hair into the plait. As you continue down your head, you will slowly notice the free-hanging strands of hair diminishing. By the time you reach the nape of your neck with the main plait, all of your extra hair should have been drawn into the plait.
7. Finish the braid. When you have added all your hair into the plait, continue it as a regular plait until you reach the ends of your strands. Then, secure the braid with a hair band.
Avoid using rubber bands as these may rip and break hair when you remove them