Introduction: How to Make a Traditional French Braid

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This is a step by step procedural on how to complete a traditional French Braid on either yourself or others.

Step 1: Materials:

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The materials you will need to complete a french braid are few and simple. You will need a brush, hairspray, bobby pins, hair ties, and medium to long hair. 

Step 2: Step 1:Preparing the Hair

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First, you will need to brush through the hair making sure there are no tangles and/or knots. Make certain to use a brush not a comb to complete this step.

Step 3: Step 2: Beginning Your Braid

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Once the hair is brushed completely, next you will need to grab a section of hair (about 4 finger widths wide) at the crown of the head. Brush this section of hair in order to separate it from the rest of the hair.

Step 4: Step 3: Separate Into Three Sections

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Next, separate that section of hair into three sections with an equal amount of hair. Ill refer to these sections as section A, section B, and section C (the section on the left is section A, the middle, section B, and section C on the left). 

Step 5: Step 4: Start Your Braid

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The next step is  to pull section A over section B leaving section A in the middle( of the three sections). Pull section B tightly to the left. This helps keep the braid tight and looking more polished. 

Step 6: Step 5: Add the Extra Section of Hair

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Pull Section C over section A leaving it in the middle. As you pull section C grab a half-inch section of hair. This hair should be taken from the front of the head by the hairline. This added section of hair now be a part of section C.

Step 7: Step 6: Continue the Pattern

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Continue the pattern shown in Step 5 with each section alternating each side. 

Step 8: Step 7: Continue Braiding

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Your braid should begin to look like this picture. Continue this pattern until you reach the very bottom of your head. Then, add the remaining hair into 3 sections and braid this rest of the hair as a normal braid. 

Step 9: Step 8: Finishing Touches

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Once you have braided the remaining hair, use a hair tie to tie the bottom of the braid. If you plan to wear this braid all day use (minimal) hair spray. Add bobby pins if needed. 

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