In my post about what raising three girls has taught me the first thing I mentioned was how to French braid. French braiding was one of those skills I always wanted in high school but didn’t have anyone or any YouTube to teach me.
Many comments came in from moms and women saying that they didn’t know how to French Braid and that they would like to know how! That’s where this post comes in with three braids a girl-mom should know!
First, I’m going to admit that making video tutorials is totally new to me! Second, I hope that even with my experimental video attempts you will get an understanding of how to do what I consider to be the three braids that will lead you to being able to do almost any other braid!
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The tools you need are simple!
I like a spray bottle of water because I find slightly damp hair to work with, plastic pony tail holders (in the videos I use big ones but when I’m doing my daughter’s hair on a regular day we use little plastic bands), and the only item I consider essential – A Wet Brush!
If you don’t know what a wet brush is let me try to explain! My daughter’s hair was ALWAYS tangling no matter how many times I combed it or brushed it, the tangles were there. Brushing her hair was a night mare! My mom finally bought me a wet brush – a brush designed to be used on wet or dry hair and told me to try it.
This brush was a miracle worker! I kid you not! All three of my girls will let me brush their hair – wet or dry – with this brush without a single complaint or tear. MAJOR WIN! I don’t know the magic behind the science but only that it works. I use it when braiding, before bed, after showers, and when we go to the pool. You could say I’m in love! I strongly recommend this brush!
Back to the braids!
Below you will find 3 videos – one for each of the main braids – regular 3-strand, French, and Dutch (think Elsa). Once you have mastered these braids you are going to find every other kind of “fancy” braid to be much easier.
My biggest advice is to practice! The hardest part is getting down the coordination of holding the strands of hair in place. If your braid comes out a little messy that’s okay – it’s in style anyways! Practice at least once a day for a week and you will have these down!
How To Three Strand Braid
How To French Braid
How To Dutch Braid (Elsa Braid)
These three braids can seem daunting at first but I PROMISE you can do them! If you find yourself struggling feel free to reach out to me in the comments or on my Explore Life Moore Facebook Page! I’m here to help!
What hair style or braiding technique would you like to learn? Let me know!