Braids have been a popular hairstyle for centuries, and the French braid is no exception. With its elegant and timeless look, the French braid is a versatile hairstyle that can be worn by women of all ages and hair types.
In this article, we will show you how to create 30 different French braid hairstyles, from classic to modern, and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for a new hairstyle for work, school, or a special occasion, you’re sure to find something you love in this collection of French braids.
What are French braids?
French braids, also known as “French plaits,” are a type of braid where the hair is braided close to the scalp. It is a versatile hairstyle that can be worn casually or dressed up for formal occasions. The French braid is created by dividing the hair into three sections and braiding them together, while also adding small sections of hair from the sides of the head into the braid as it is formed. The braid is usually braided to the end of the hair or tucked behind the ears.
How to create French Braids
Brush your hair to remove any tangles and divide it into three sections, one on top and two on the sides. Begin braiding the hair on the top of your head by taking the right section and crossing it over the middle section. Then, take the left section and cross it over the new middle section.
As you braid, add small sections of hair from the sides of your head into the braid. Make sure to add the hair to the middle section before crossing it over the other sections.
Continue braiding the hair to the end and secure it with a hair tie or elastic. If desired, you can also braid the hair to the end of the hair or tucked it behind the ears.
- You can play with the size of the sections you add to the braid to make it thicker or thinner.
- You can also add some hair accessories to give the braid a more polished look.
- It’s worth noting that many variations of French braids can be created, like the Reverse French braid, the French Braid ponytail, and many more.
30 French Braid Hairstyles
A major French braid hairstyle inspo for 2023! There’s something for everyone!
1. Lace Braid paired with a French Braid
An oldie but a goodie! A fun angled lace braid paired with a classic French braid, simple but a fun look.
2. Tousled French Braids
Slightly ruffled French braids are stunning and give a romantic appeal.
3. Basic French Braids
Basic can be glamorous!
4. French Braids On shaved sides with intricate weaves
French braids can be worn on shaved sides and with the blend of intricate weaves it comes off fabulously!
5. Feed in French Braids
Feed-in French braids are suitable for shorter-length hair, or extended length.
6. Side part French Braids
The side part is a classic way to rock French braids as it adds a unique tinge to the braids.
7. Mermaid Kids Braids
The kids would be obsessed with this look and that is a guarantee! The colors and braids are stunning!
8. Zig zag double French Braids
The Zigzag part offers a certain kind of whimsical look and distinguishes French braids and double French braids equal double trouble.
9. Double French braids with side weaves
Double French braids with side weave rock! The intricate weaves at the sides are a game-changer!
10. Stitched Double French Braids
Stitched braids always have a vibe! Double-stitched French braids are stare worthy!
11. Double French Braids with a Side Braid
Side braids to the French braids are like the ultimate spice!
12. Unicorn Braids and Tinsel
French braids with a multivariate braiding hair extension exude a unicorn look and the outcome is stunning!
13. Pony French Braids
French braids in a cute pony are just cute! It starts with braiding your hair to the back of your ears and is secure with a band.
14. Double Feed in Braids with Highlights
Highlights or Lowlights are the ultimate flavors in the braiding world. Switch up your braid look with a pop of vibrant colors.
15. Stitched Feed in French Braids with Curly ends
Stitched and a feed-in combo French braids are a blast and the curly ends add to the visual aesthetics.
16. French Braid Updo
French braids updos are a gorgeous hairdo, simple and playful!
17. Stylish French Braids
This ain’t stylish for no reason, it shows in every sense of the word!
18. Double Large and Intricate French Braids
The perfect harmony of large and intricate braids is a beautiful thing to behold!
19. Single French Braid
Single works wonderfully well on its own, and it is equally true for French braids.
20. Waist Length French Braids
Who says the length doesn’t matter?! Of course, it has a tremendous role to play in this beauty. If you are a length-focused individual, this should be a go-to!
21. Big Bun Combo
The combination of various braids enamored into a large bun is exquisite!
22. Extra Long Double French Braids
The longer the better! There is something quite appealing about longer-length braids I can’t even seem to place.
23. A Side French Braid
Gorgeousness at its peak!
24. A Man Bun French Braids
French braids can be rocked by both genders, however, men on French braids exude a characteristic appeal, you can’t help to notice.
25. French Braids and Rope Twists
French braids and rope twists combined make for a fantastic outcome!
26. French Braids and Double Braided Ponytail
French braids plaited at the sides of the front section with the rest of the hair made into a double-braided ponytail.
27. Four French Braids
Double French braids are gorgeous and double of that, fabulous!
28. Freestyle French Braids
An interesting fact about French braids is they allow a certain room for versatility.
29. Classy French Braids
Classy is the word that adequately describes French braids.
30. French Braids with Curly Hair Extensions
French braids with curly hair extensions give off a bohemian appearance.
How to care for French Braids?
- Keep your braids clean: French braids can be washed and conditioned just like regular hair. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner to keep your braids clean and healthy.
- Avoid pulling on your braids: French braids can put tension on your hair, so it’s important to be gentle with them.
- Use a silk or satin scarf or pillowcase: Cotton can be rough on braids, so using a silk or satin scarf or pillowcase can help protect them while you sleep.
- Use a leave-in conditioner: To keep your braids moisturized, apply a leave-in conditioner or light oil, this will help to maintain the hair healthily and prevent breakage.
- Keep the braids tight: As your hair grows, the braids may start to loosen.
- Be mindful of the time you will leave your braids in: French braids can be worn for an extended period, but it’s important to not leave them in for too long as it can lead to breakage and hair loss.