How to do Double French Braids – 5 Steps

Making double French braids

Double French braids are a cute and fashionable hairstyle that is also quite practical. You should consider double French braids if you want a classy appearance, need to keep your hair back and out of your face when exercising, or simply want to spice things up.

Dutch braids and French braids are frequently mistaken for one another, and it makes sense. Although they are strikingly similar, there is one thing that sets them apart: the braiding method. The Dutch braid is also known as inside-out French braids, and it describes the distinction between the two in that the hair section is crossed underneath for Dutch braids while it is crossed over for French braids.

The origin of French braids is usually inferred from their name, however, this assumption is widely questioned because a recent study has connected the braids to African and Greek origins. Everyone agrees that braids are a timeless and go-to style that is ideal for practically any situation. You can perform the double French braids one at a time or link them together to make a large braid. Whatever method works!

A French braid is a simple, heat-free approach to achieve curls and waves if you’re looking for them. All you have to do to achieve wonderful waves in the morning is braid damp hair and go to bed wearing a silk or satin head wrap. 

Finer hair types may need volumizing products to give the hair hold and volume. After giving it a few tries, most people realize that while a French braid may appear difficult, it is very simple to do. They then proclaim that if you know how to do the common three-strand braid, you already have this down.

Double French Braid: Preparatory Process

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An excellent place to start is with a moisturizing shampoo because it frequently contains fewer and softer surfactants than regular shampoo, which is good for the health of your hair.

You then put on a conditioner! Never skip this step because it keeps hair moisturized, prevents split ends, and reduces frizz by balancing the negative charges left behind after shampooing. You can gently untangle the knots by sectioning off your hair and working your way up and outward with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers.

Give your conditioned hair thoroughly and follow up with the rest of your hair care product. The LOC or LCO method, which describes how to apply leave-in conditioners, creams, or oils, respectively, is used to add various hair care products. After that, you have the option of straightening or letting your hair air dry.

The braid might look better if you stretched your hair for curly-haired folks, but it’s not necessary. Especially If the look, you’re going for is a somewhat ruffled and unkempt French braid.

How to do Double French Braid: Step-by-Step Process

Double French Braid
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Step 1

Comb through your hair to get rid of any tangles, and using a rat-tailed comb create a smooth middle down the center of your head ensuring it is straight and neat. Clip one section away to prevent the hair from getting in the way. Grab the other section and separate a small piece of hair closer to the hair into three sections and in uniform sizes.

Step 2

The three sections: the top strand, middle strand, and bottom strand should be taken into account to help in guiding the braiding process. Take the top strand and cross it over and into the middle, and grab the bottom strand and cross it over and into the middle likewise, make sure your hair is pulled tightly in the process.

Step 3

Next, add a small section of hair to the top strand and cross the top strand over and into the middle. Do the same for the bottom strand, pick up a small section of hair ensuring it’s not more than the quantity added to the top strand and cross it over and into the middle. Keep repeating the process as you work down toward the nape of your neck. Braiding is hard work and you might need to let your arm rest a little, the key is however not letting go of the braid.

Step 4

On getting to the nape of your neck, you’ll get three sections like a standard three-strand braid you can either keep braiding as you typically would or secure with an elastic band. Rest up a little before staring at the second braid. Following the same process at the other section of hair would get you another French braid. 

Now, you’ve got French braids lying side by side, if you had used a rubber band to secure the braid at the nape of the neck, grab both with both hands, one at the left and the other at the right.

Step 5

Split both sections into three strands and resume braiding! Crossing the left strand over and into the middle, and the same with the right strand as you progress down to the tips of your braids, if your hair is prone to unraveling, secure it with an elastic band.


It may seem tough to create a french braid, but it’s simple. You might not be able to do it right away, but with some practice, you’ll get there in no time!

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