Basic Training: How to French Braid

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With braids taking over the red carpet, Pinterest and our morning routines, it’s hard to believe that many haven’t mastered the foundation of the trend—the French braid. Here’s a simple guide to follow so we can move on to more important things…like fishtails, waterfall braids and the heidi.

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Photos: Rolando Robinson

Step 1: Gather a section of hair on the top of the head and separate into three pieces.

Step 2: Fold the right strand over the center piece.

Step 3: Follow by folding the far left piece over the “new” center piece.

Step 4: Gather a section of hair on the right side, adding it to the far right piece of hair and folding it over the center piece.

Step 5: Continue to add pieces of hair to the end sections and fold them over the center piece.

Step 6: When all of the hair is gathered in the braid, finish with a traditional braid down the hair and an elastic to keep it in place.

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