10. The French Braid
Good For These Types: Straight, Wavy, Curly
Good For These Lengths: Medium, Long
Hair Should Be: Damp; either towel-dried or misted
What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, ponytail holder and hair gel (optional)
How To Do It:
1. Use the wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair. Measure a section of hair from the front of the head that is approximately the width of the temples. Smooth it straight back with no part, and with a fine-tooth comb, divide it into three sections.
2. Cross the left section over the center section, then cross the right section over the center section. Pull the sections away from each other to tighten the braid. Beginning on the right side, use a finger (pinky or pointer works best) to gather a small strand (about 1 inch wide) of loose hair next to the right section. Join this hair into the right section.
3. Now cross this right section over the middle section, as if you’re doing a basic braid. Pull the sections taut. In the same way, take a small strand of hair next to the left section and join it into the left section.
4. Now cross the left section over the middle one. Pull the sections tight. Continue adding small strands of hair into the right and left sections, leaving no hair hanging free, as you braid down to the nape of the neck.
5. Now divide the remaining hair at the neck into two sections (right and left) and join them into the right and left sections of the braid.
6. Finish with a basic braid, and secure with a ponytail holder. If you’d like, use a pea-sized amount of hair gel, rubbed between your palms, to smooth any stray strands.