French braids bring back so many childhood memories… I had hair down my back growing up and I pretty much lived in some kind of braid. I love how sophisticated and “grown up” this updated version of the french braid looks. Once you master this classic braid, you can really have fun by trying it in different ways for various occasions and suddenly that “braid board” on Pinterest will make so much more sense. I love that I can wear this look and it will (for the most part) look exactly the same the next day. Perfect for summer weekends or for day two hair! I will admit that it does take some practice on yourself but don’t give up — once you figure it out it will be a style you can throw together in a pinch.

  1. Lightly tease hair at the roots to create some texture and to prevent the hair from parting when you start the braid.
  2. Take a small section of hair (I usually take the area in between the brow arches) and the split it into three sections.
  3. Start your braid by taking the right strand over the middle and then the left strand over the middle.
  4. Begin adding hair in a horizontal section on the “open” side of the braid. (Looking at photo #3 you can see that on the left they are crossed over each other and the right side is open — that’s how you know where to start.) Once you add the hair to the braid, cross it over the middle an then repeat on the opposite side.  You are just picking up hair, adding it to the “open side” and then crossing it over the middle repeatedly.
  5. Continue the braid all the way down and secure at the nape of your neck with a rubber band. It’s helpful as you work your way down the braid to tilt your head down to keep it from getting “bumpy” on the bottom.
  6. If there are any areas that need smoothing, you can comb or brush them down and then use a tail comb to lift out hair from the hairline so it’s not too tight.
  7. Take the remainder of your ponytail and secure it in a loose bun with bobby pins!

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Comments (15)
  1. 1
    Kristin @ W [H] A T C H August 20, 2014 at 6:32 am

    one of my proudest childhood moments was when i learned to french braid my own hair. this is so pretty!

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} August 20, 2014 at 7:03 am

    such a gorgeous look!
    i’m 27 and still need to learn how to french braid my own hair 🙂

    • Camille Styles August 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      You know, I’ve never been able to french braid my own hair… until now! I’ve actually discovered that it’s the best way for me to pull back my hair while I work out, and have pretty natural waves afterwards. Current obsession. 🙂

  3. 3
    Shannon at August 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

    That’s gorgegous! It does look so sophisticated and ideal for a special occasion!

  4. 4
    Fie August 20, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Gorgeous look! Perfect for a special occasion. 🙂

  5. 5
    Alexandra August 20, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Stunning! I’m with you, I keep pinning those looks too, however I can’t braid to save my life!

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    Jessi Afshin August 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

    So pretty Martha Lynn! I’m definitely trying this! xoxo

  7. 7
    Vanessa @ Living in Steil August 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Lovely look! I think French braids look so pretty, but sadly I haven’t tried to do one in years. Thank you for this tutorial!

  8. 8
    Jenna August 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Camille, I love your delicate necklaces. Would you mind telling me where I can find some?

  9. 9
    Camille Styles August 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Thanks so much! The delicate one with the “C” is Maya Brenner, and the horseshoe one is from a local designer who I just discovered (and love) named Britta Ambauen.

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    Sam August 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Would you please tell me where your top is from? Love it!

    • Camille Styles August 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you! It’s a dress from Madewell… last season, but they might have something similar! Good luck!

  11. 11
    Loverly August 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Love this!! Such a perfect summer wedding hairstyle 🙂

  12. 12
    Heather Ruth March 3, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I am so excited, I just taught myself to french braid. thank you for the bun idea 🙂

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    Monique May 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I have tried this style. It was difficult the firs time I tried to do this style. It is getting easier the second time. Thanks for the instruction.



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