View Full Version : May 2010: French braid(s)

May 1st, 2010, 02:50 AM
Have fun :D!

ETA: *psst* Dutch braids will get their own month :wink:

steph in tx
May 1st, 2010, 03:25 AM
I was wearing my hair in a French braid a few weeks ago and got asked if I did it myself. The lady told me that she couldn't seem to do a French braid on her own head because it always ended up as a Dutch braid. She could, however, do a successful French braid on her daughter's classic-length hair. I advised her to practice doing a Dutch braid on her daughter, that way her fingers would get used to doing it "backwards" and see if that helped. She later told me that it helped her a lot. So, if anyone has trouble with your French braid coming out "backwards" as a Dutch braid, apparently you just need to try to do a Dutch braid and you should get a French braid. :-) I happen to love the look of a Dutch braid too, but I suppose if you're trying for one and get the other it could be frustrating.

May 1st, 2010, 03:42 AM
See my avatar : )

This is one of my favourite hairstyles. I also have a variation where I can make my hair look longer, by braiding ribbons through it which are longer than my hair. Once I run out of hair, I can just keep braiding the ribbons for about another 4''. It works well because my hair is layered - elastic free too!

May 1st, 2010, 04:02 AM
Here's mine from last year - it's only marginally longer now but still as chunky.

May 1st, 2010, 08:13 AM
Ah, French braids… The only thing that makes me wish my hair was thinner :wink: Its just not possible to make that many cool layers with my mane



May 1st, 2010, 09:48 AM
Here is mine.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t66/longhairbeauty/th_DSC01464.jpg (http://s157.photobucket.com/albums/t66/longhairbeauty/?action=view&current=DSC01464.jpg)
Clickable Picture

May 1st, 2010, 09:51 AM
I wish I could do two french braids. I am still trying but at the end they look like regular braids. And I DO start on the top of my head and I DO add hair. Huh:(

May 1st, 2010, 12:54 PM
This is the first French braid I did successfully:


May 1st, 2010, 03:42 PM
I love french braids! :inlove: They are so versatile for me. I can make them wet or dry and they turn out nice every time.

Here's mine from March, wet braided.


If it's okay, I may post more pics of french braids later on since there are so many ways to do them, and now is the best time of year for them with the weather warming.

May 1st, 2010, 05:06 PM
Here's mine:


I couldn't get the hang of French (and Dutch) braiding until a couple of years ago. :)

May 1st, 2010, 06:44 PM
My french braids eat up a LOT of my length. This is last November at Stonehenge.

May 1st, 2010, 06:55 PM
This is my very first successful french braid. I just learned how to do it last month. I have many, many people to thank on this site for all the encouragement and patient typing and re-typing of instructions for me. I was so excited that I finally "got it" that I took the picture in my house coat. Don't judge. I'm usually not that cute in real life. :p


May 1st, 2010, 07:09 PM
Oh fantastic! This one I can participate in! :D

Double French

4 Stranded French

May 1st, 2010, 07:53 PM
This is two for the price of one. Since I figured out how to use the self-timer Hubs has not had to take a hair picture for me. I think he's back to being a rookie again. Since he cut the top of my head off :(


Behold, mommie and me :) This is DD8, he hair is almost TBL

May 1st, 2010, 08:51 PM
For the life of me, I can't french-braid my own hair. But here's one I did on Cricket.


Torrin Paige
May 2nd, 2010, 10:30 AM

So happy to have finally learned to French. Being able to has opened up a world of new things to do with my hair.:D

May 2nd, 2010, 10:41 AM
I never get this right, it is always way too loose.

But I love this style... :(


May 2nd, 2010, 10:48 AM
I'm so proud of myself. This is only my second french braid on myself and it turned out almost as nice as when my mom does it for me. Having my hair wet really helps me get a nice tight braid.


May 2nd, 2010, 11:44 AM
This is my first french braid

May 2nd, 2010, 12:19 PM
Oh fantastic! This one I can participate in! :D

[images removed]

Exactly how I feel! And the way you do your twin braids is how I do mine too - it's much more comfortable, and I can never make them look neat towards the end if I keep them separate.

This is one from today, with my hair oiled, in my balcony garden... with aloe vera growing out of my head.

These are the braids I'm wearing to bed. I can never get the part straight... and I passionately hate my layers :D

May 2nd, 2010, 12:42 PM
Do any people here have a good tutorial on how to french braid your own curly hair? I'd love to join in.

May 2nd, 2010, 01:35 PM
Ok, question--how do I post a photo here and have it show up? Do I need a photobucket account or can I just copy and paste? I seem to not be able to do it. I'm sooo special ;)

Igor--with hair as thick as yours, you'd have to take thinner sections--I've french braided a fellow coach's hair (she was my assistant) with hair very much like yours. Thing is, I don't think you could do it yourself--meaning, yourr arms would get really, really tired. Plus seperating the ends as they get braided too is always fun. Hers wasn't nearly your length, so it made it easier.

I'm the french braid queen for all my clients for horse shows :) Hahaha.

I LOVE french braids, but sadly, they tend to hurt my scalp as the day goes on. Will figure out how to put a photo here....some how....

May 2nd, 2010, 01:50 PM
Do any people here have a good tutorial on how to french braid your own curly hair? I'd love to join in.

I'm with you, Belisarius -- with my curly hair getting stuck on itself, I feel like I need an extra hand (or two or three!) to be able to pick out a chunk, detangle it from all the other curl-connected chunks, perform the braiding action, then hold the whole thing while starting all over again on the other side!

I *love* my hair in a French braid, but I just can't do it by myself (and being the only female in the household means there's nobody here to do it for me). The best I've ever been able to accomplish on my own is the beads-on-a-leather-thong method, and even that doesn't come out so well without an extra hand to help me fully separate all my parts and pieces.

I'm starting nursing school soon, and I *know* that I'm going to need to restrain and contain my hair on a regular basis.... ponytails just get to be SO old day in and day out!

May 2nd, 2010, 04:11 PM
Ok, question--how do I post a photo here and have it show up? Do I need a photobucket account or can I just copy and paste? I seem to not be able to do it. I'm sooo special ;)

Igor--with hair as thick as yours, you'd have to take thinner sections--I've french braided a fellow coach's hair (she was my assistant) with hair very much like yours. Thing is, I don't think you could do it yourself--meaning, yourr arms would get really, really tired. Plus seperating the ends as they get braided too is always fun. Hers wasn't nearly your length, so it made it easier.

I'm the french braid queen for all my clients for horse shows :) Hahaha.

I LOVE french braids, but sadly, they tend to hurt my scalp as the day goes on. Will figure out how to put a photo here....some how....

You post here as you would in any other part of the forum. You can either link from your albums, but your security settings will follow the link. So if it is private only those who are friends/contacts will be able to see it. Otherwise you can use photobucket or a similar hosting site and link to that photo.

May 2nd, 2010, 06:38 PM

My attempt, I'm still learning! :p For some reason I have major issues doing just one braid so I did two, and this is the prettier of them both!

May 2nd, 2010, 07:26 PM
French braids are not my strong point, so I decided to make an attempt early in case it took me a while to do a decent looking one. It turned out okay, though, so here we go. Asymmetrical twin french braids (done with a side part, so one is using less hair), that are mixed at the nape to make a single braid down the back. My hair is around waist length.
I needed several pictures to show it, though, I made them smaller than I normally would to keep it from being too much.

May 3rd, 2010, 06:13 AM
Takes so long to do and i keeps making odd loops as i go due to different tensions. It's not a strong point of mine. Also i keep having to stop the reverse braid going on at the bottom, by re-sectioning again and again. They look great but............ :lol:

May 3rd, 2010, 09:11 AM
Here ya go Yellowchariot. Without benefit of a comb or anything else and done in about ten minutes, pictures and all, here are my MAY contributions.

http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy109/restourceful/LHCpics/th_Braids5-3-10009-1.jpg (http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy109/restourceful/LHCpics/Braids5-3-10009-1.jpg)
Standard dry braid. This is what happens when you have layers. :(

Standard (messy) twin braids.

http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy109/restourceful/LHCpics/th_Braids5-3-10015-1.jpg (http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy109/restourceful/LHCpics/Braids5-3-10015-1.jpg)
This was my daily braid for over a year back in the nineties. I always added a big bow on the tassel. Ask me if I'd do that now! :cheese:

All are clickable.

Now, I don't see any Yellowchariot braids here yet. *pats foot impatiently*

May 3rd, 2010, 09:44 AM
Everyone's french braids are beautiful!! Here's mine, unfortunately taken with my phone since my camera has bit the dust :(


May 3rd, 2010, 10:34 AM
Here's mine :)


May 3rd, 2010, 11:36 AM
Here's mine. Please excuse the messy room and weird clothes.

May 3rd, 2010, 11:39 AM
Ugh, I'm trying to transition to washing with baking soda and vinegar and I'm having a terrible hair day as a result. Here goes, anyway:
http://xc2.xanga.com/c7ef720218433267097522/m213059421.jpg http://x96.xanga.com/a64f730418433267097520/s213059419.jpg

May 3rd, 2010, 11:53 AM
My french braid:


May 3rd, 2010, 12:09 PM
Lovely braids! Does anyone have any advice for keeping them centered? I've gotten better at detangling the ends, so that's less of an issue, but mine are always lopsided, starting on the top right of my head and ending on the bottom left.

So, should I attempt a French braid now with my microbraids in, or should I wait until tomorrow when I've taken them out?

May 3rd, 2010, 01:08 PM
Here´s my contribution:


I never wear my hair like this anymore. It is hard to keep the ends from tangling while braiding, it pulls in the most awkward places, and it looks sloppy after a while. I also don´t like the way this style makes me look from the front. It used to be one of my go-to hairstyles twenty years ago.

May 3rd, 2010, 02:30 PM
Here goes :D, clickable.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=71024&albumid=5414&dl=1272913246&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=5414&pictureid=71024)
I almost never wear it like this though.
I think I just like the look of Dutch braids better on myself... probably to balance out my Roman nose :silly:

But it really brought back memories to do a "farmer´s braid" like we called it. Before I knew about the existence of Dutch braids I loved this style. As a child I did a lot of begging and nagging to convince my mother to do one for me, but sadly she almost never could be bothered to do that in the mornings. I must have been very persistent with asking her :laugh: after a while she threatened to buzz my head if I don´t stop asking every morning. So in first grade I stopped asking and just taught myself how to do one :wigtongue.

May 3rd, 2010, 03:12 PM
Here's my braid.


I used to wear French braids when my hair was shorter, but I don't like how the shorter hairs around my face always escape and get mussy. If I'm going to braid my hair now I do either 2 side French or more usually lace, braids, combined into one tail, or looped and held up out of my way. Since joining LHC I'm very conscious of the abrasion when the braid hangs and rubs across my back all day.

May 3rd, 2010, 03:39 PM
I'll second someone else's question: I'm right-handed, and mine always end up off-centered, with the bulk of the braid on the right side of my head. Any tips for keeping them centered as you go?

May 3rd, 2010, 03:49 PM
Kaihino, the only way I've found is to practice, practice, practice. Try to add the same amount of hair to each side, in pairs, and take your time getting used to the way it feels to do the braid. I don't always add the same amount each time, because different parts of my head have different amounts of hair. I like the results better when I do more, smaller additions than a few larger ones, but that's a personal preference, and my hair isn't nearly as thick as some folks have.

One thing that can help with off center braids is to make an off center part. It's an optical illusion that can make it look like the off center braid was intentional. :)

May 3rd, 2010, 04:53 PM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b145/Keaesis/th_HairMay2010007.jpg (http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b145/Keaesis/?action=view&current=HairMay2010007.jpg)
Clicky pic!

I don't know why Its so sloppy, looks like I will have to keep working at it for some reason today my hair is extra slippery.

May 3rd, 2010, 11:55 PM
Here's my attempt - its not my favourite hairstyle on me if I have to be honest but its fun to see everyones braids :D


May 4th, 2010, 12:28 AM

moderating edit: changed [img] to link, since it was more than 600x600. Please check the guidelines (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=46462) for taking part on the Hairstyle of the Month Board, thanks.

May 4th, 2010, 03:07 PM
So here's my contribution:


- and some tips that helped me get it right:

Try french braiding on different days of your washing cycle. For me, they won't work directly before, on or after washing day.

Stay away from mirrors while braiding.

Make a french braid your night braid. Keep this up until you've gained enough practice.

Run your fingers down the length separating the three strands on each turn.

May 4th, 2010, 06:44 PM
French braids always make me think my hair is too thin. Normal braids don't, I think I can make them looser so they don't look quite so anemic.

Golden Mermaid
May 4th, 2010, 09:09 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v33/Alicia_Kendra/th_SANY0039.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v33/Alicia_Kendra/?action=view&current=SANY0039.jpg)


This has been my go-to hairstyle for the last couple of weeks. I don't know why but I know that my hair has just grown (you know how you can just *tell* it grew?) and I need it out of the way. 22.5"ish. (Also my roots are starting to get really bad and it's kind of more visually interesting)

May 5th, 2010, 06:25 AM
Hi guys! I know I haven't posted here in ages, so here's my contribution. Mine also tends to be towards one side of my head than the other, but I suppose I need more practise :)!
P.s. Sorry if this photo is huge! :o


moderating edit: changed [img] to link, since it was more than 600x600. Please check the guidelines (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=46462) for taking part on the Hairstyle of the Month Board, thanks.

Crazy Diamond
May 5th, 2010, 07:13 AM
first one sleeked down with loads of coconut oil (klick to enlarge)

http://www9.picfront.org/picture/JknHJSivB/thb/frenchbraid2.jpg (http://picfront.de/d/7iCD) <- Kitty :eyebrows:

and a sort of messy French Tuck where I didn't bother to seperate the strands of curls and just braided them in the way they were (klick to enlarge

http://www9.picfront.org/picture/SLYWKN53w/thb/messifrenchtuck.jpg (http://picfront.de/d/7zuP)

May 5th, 2010, 04:17 PM
This is a picture from last year.. but I saw Ramona_Fosca's picture and wanted to play too! :)


A zigzag part with French doubles and copper leaf accent

May 5th, 2010, 04:44 PM
My first ever good result at making a French braid:

http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/yy246/pineconejg/th_IMG_3521.jpg (http://s796.photobucket.com/albums/yy246/pineconejg/?action=view&current=IMG_3521.jpg)

I learned that until I have long hair, I should not wear a collared shirt with a French braid. I learned how to do it from a book. I have tried to learn for 20 years and I finally got it. Yay me!


May 6th, 2010, 10:51 AM
Here is my french braid!
(I like to pretend that I make it messy with bits sticking out on purpose :p)


May 6th, 2010, 03:16 PM
I do so love the french braid... in pigtails. :) I'll admit I'm not that studious about making them even or neat, but I love the way they look :)


May 6th, 2010, 08:12 PM
Single French Braid:

Double French Braids:

I have some trouble getting the hair at the part in the braids at the right time. Sometimes I miss pieces and add them later down. Anyone have a trick for this?

Single French Braid tucked with my birthday hairstick:

Messy as the braid had been in all day. I had just added the tuck/stick.

I don't like how my hair looks in front with the French braid, but I have found the solution - a headband! Nothing not to love now.

May 6th, 2010, 09:31 PM
Here's mine!

*snaps fingers* Drat, I had double french braids just the other day and forgot to take a picture.


May 8th, 2010, 10:40 AM
1 french braid never works for me, I feel like I look like an alien with all my hair pulled up and away from my face. I do 2 more often, and sometimes join them at the nape into 1 braid or a bun.
A couple weeks ago I was inspired by Beets's lacrosse braid http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=47079&highlight=lacrosse+braid and did this: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5462&pictureid=71415

I liked it, I'll definitely do it again.

May 8th, 2010, 11:25 AM
I friend of mine done these braids, so I have to give her the credit. I haven't really attempted to do these on myself. NO laughing hehe, and NO I'm not going bald either! My hair was very oily, which makes my scalp very evident! :D




. . . AND for your entertainment. I turned them into a bun:



Anyone who laughs. . . dies! LOL J/K!
Have a laugh on me! ;)

May 8th, 2010, 04:15 PM
Here is a quick braid that I did this evening, right before I went to go walk. It's not my best, but my hair stayed very secure during the powerful wind bursts!!!

*NOTE* Extra shiny texture, courtesy of the Sun lol :)



May 8th, 2010, 11:09 PM
Fabulous braids everyone! You've all got serious skills :applause

Here's my odd, on the spot invention of a half-way side french, braided into a larger french. It worked but its a bit lumpy in places:o

May 9th, 2010, 08:44 AM
Not the best picture but I am really proud of myself - it's my first double french braid that is wearable in public. Also my hair is even, I was just standing weird for this picture. Excuse the fly aways, they survived a windy day.


May 9th, 2010, 02:46 PM
i was wandering...how do you it by yourself?

May 9th, 2010, 04:29 PM
Here is a quick braid that I did this evening, right before I went to go walk. It's not my best, but my hair stayed very secure during the powerful wind bursts!!!

I'm having some SERIOUS braid skills envy here.... if your "quick" braid that's not your best looks this gorgeous, what on earth do you accomplish when you take your time?

Do the angels come down from heaven for you to braid their hair, too?

Serious, serious envy. Seriously.

May 10th, 2010, 08:25 AM
Normal French braid:

Dutch braid:

Twin French:

Bunned French:

Dutch bunned:

And French, with the tail pulled up towards the top of my head and the extra length bunned at my crown:

May 11th, 2010, 12:43 AM
see siggy :D

One of my twin-braids

(I have to say, taking pics of your own head is pretty hard :()

May 11th, 2010, 10:15 AM
i was wandering...how do you it by yourself?

Practice, practice, practice ;)

May 12th, 2010, 01:28 PM
I'm pretty excited. My french braiding skills are getting better and I found a new to me way to wear the double french braids. I wrapped them like a chinese bun.

The color is really off in this picture.


May 12th, 2010, 01:43 PM
GORGEOUS styles here! Starfilly--I'm in AWE of your braid!

I also love the variations of styles here. I wish I could do 2 french braids and tuck like the one I just saw here, but I can't for work--my hair needs to be versitle to have a helmet over it should I need to get on a horse :)

May 13th, 2010, 07:13 PM
Ok, I'll put a braided French bun picture here (it's quite old but my hair hasn't changed much ;) ):


yellowchariot, you have such awesome red highlights in the sun! For a second the sleep-due me wondered about henna :D

May 14th, 2010, 09:11 PM
A little blurry, but you get the idea:

May 15th, 2010, 05:41 PM
I did double french braids. But, I can't get all both in the picture with any detail to the braids. So, here's one. :D


May 15th, 2010, 07:20 PM
Well, I still can't figure out how to do one on the back of my own head, but I successfully did my first French braid on myself! :D I did it on the left side of my part going back into a normal braid. It doesn't quite look like an normal French braid, so I think I messed it up some how, but I was very pleased.

May 16th, 2010, 12:52 PM
Here is mine


Shermie Girl
May 16th, 2010, 09:23 PM
I have been hanging around here... How long? And practising French braiding as long. And this is the first French braid I have ever done that I was even halfway comfortable taking a picture of and posting.

I still need to refine my technique but by George, I think I've finally got it. :bluebiggr :lol:


*sigh* It's so short... :o

May 16th, 2010, 09:33 PM
This is not my favourite style, and I'm still not very adept at doing it.
By the time I've finished the braid, the 'top' always seems to have slipped down a lot.

I think I find doing two French braids easier to manage in terms of holding the sections. So I'll have a go at that before the end of May and post the results! ;)


May 17th, 2010, 12:08 PM
Well, this is... humbling. I've been doing my own single French braids in the back for so many years, I figured, how hard can it be to do two side ones? Hah!! Let's just say that now I have something to strive for during this second half of French braid month, and I hope to have results I'm not ashamed to show by the end of it.

I'm feeling very motivated, because even though my first attempts appeared to be done by someone with no thumbs at all (as opposed to "all thumbs":laugh:), the way they pull the hair back from my face is far more flattering than with my usual English braid. Kristina713's "How to make buns look young?" thread from yesterday addresses the very same difference: I left one side French-braided and the other in an English braid that started right behind my ear, just to compare.

The English-braided side, corresponding to a low-placed bun, looked matronly and old-hippie* boring, while the French side, though a mess, looked all boho/artsy and charming, but not inappropriately young. It also contains my different lengths much better, so I definitely want to master it! Thanks for the inspiration, gang :D

*No slurs intended - it takes one to know one, after all ;)

May 18th, 2010, 07:04 AM

Still working on perfecting it.

May 18th, 2010, 07:23 AM
I started lower and used thicker pieces than usual for this attempt and it was so much easier!


May 18th, 2010, 10:53 AM
I started lower and used thicker pieces than usual for this attempt and it was so much easier!

Yeah, that's where I'd been going wrong in doing them at the side, too! :)

May 18th, 2010, 03:59 PM
Okay guys, don't laugh too hard! It's only like the 3rd one I've ever done. :o
I sectioned the top part a little too deeply... but practice makes perfect!


Cinnamon Hair
May 18th, 2010, 09:56 PM
I love seeing everyone else's photos! What talent! My braiding skills leave a lot of be desired, but because I'm a good sport and appreciate this new board, I gave it a try anyway.

I present, french braiding by the dexterously impaired. :p
My first attempt was such a disaster that I was too frustrated even to get a good photo of it. I gave up at about shoulder length when I saw it was going horribly wrong.
After I regained my sanity and combed out the spider web of hair I was stuck in, I tried again. The next attempt went a little better, but still way too loose and lots of sticking out pieces.
1. With a chandelier blooming from my head.
2. Ends did not make it into the pic.
3. Full length (almost) shot.

I secured the end with a mini claw clip. Yeah, I don't think I will be wearing this again anytime soon.

Please let June be something easier!

May 18th, 2010, 11:30 PM
This is a rather loose one, with the ends tucked up:


May 21st, 2010, 08:03 PM
A few tips I learned to help me french braid.

Start with wet hair--it makes it easier not to snag other hairs.
Clip back hair you start with in a thin barrette. Then, after you're done, remove barrette.

These look great! :)

May 23rd, 2010, 01:35 PM
Here is my attempt at dual braids. I find Dutch is much easier to do on self when making a braid on each side.


May 23rd, 2010, 03:06 PM

It's actually my first attempt at French braiding...I always avoided it ;-)
On other people I can do it, but on myself it's always crooked
You can see I skipped a beat in the beginning, but, without a mirror and comb, not bad :-)

And some photos I had from before with dutchbraids

2 dutchbraids in a bun:
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/9932/zij2.th.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/i/zij2.jpg/) http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/482/achter1.th.jpg (http://img16.imageshack.us/i/achter1.jpg/)

2 dutchbraids in spiralled into a crown:
http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/5474/voorz.th.jpg (http://img222.imageshack.us/i/voorz.jpg/) http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/2729/bovenzij.th.jpg (http://img225.imageshack.us/i/bovenzij.jpg/)

May 23rd, 2010, 06:47 PM
I can't French Braid for my life, but my mother can. :) She braided it so tight I may not have dry hair for a few days yet! lol She always braids so small and tight that now I have a little headache and my taper due to hair loss is more obvious now to me.


May 23rd, 2010, 08:00 PM
Start with wet hair--it makes it easier not to snag other hairs.
Clip back hair you start with in a thin barrette. Then, after you're done, remove barrette.

Good tips, Darkhorse! Snagged hairs and saggy sections have always been big problems for me.

May 24th, 2010, 06:40 AM
My house is dark and I can't help the lighting so sorry about quality. We're expecting rain so it's dark outside also.


May 24th, 2010, 01:33 PM
Diagonal french braid.

May 25th, 2010, 09:44 AM
I love french braids! I'm just pulling from my albums for the moment, haha. I need to get a picture of my normal going out in the evening style. It's a half up, made of twin french braids :D

Actually, I was wearing a french braid the other day, and a friend of mine asked, "Did you do that yourself?" I said yep! And explained that with hair my length, I had to learn to do a lot of things with it, just to keep it out of the way. She begged me to do her hair for her too! She can't do french braids at all, but loves the way they look and feel. Then, another of our friends, a guy who's growing out his hair too... wanted me to braid HIS hair... It seems I'm now the official braider for most of the people I know, haha.

Anyway. On to the pics!

This one was... three years ago, now? Right after I found my first hair forum, before I'd heard of LHC. Well, you can see where the gold streaks are, and now they're all grown out and cut off, so that gives an idea of time frame. (and yes, I spent a few years having tiger striped braids. :D) I think this was the first double frenchies I ever did.

This was a lot more recently - january of this year. I love how this one makes my hair look a lot longer than it is. :Dhttp://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=703&pictureid=60111

May 25th, 2010, 09:52 AM
Here's my contribution, on freshly washed, damp hair (thus slightly darker than it really is). I merely did this to get braid waves that would start higher up, then remembered about this thread and snapped a picture :D
I promptly bunned it, as I was preparing for a busy day.
Here's the bun this evening - it's been very windy :o

May 25th, 2010, 05:40 PM

My french braid tucked under. This has always been one of my favorite styles but I don't know how well I could tuck the tail under now. This was taken almost a year ago.

May 25th, 2010, 05:52 PM
Bunned french braids...

Wow, I'm suprised I don't have more pics, since I use it so much. I had to learn at age 13 how to french braid my own hair for horse shows. When I played "Columbia" in a local Rocky Horror Picture Show I would part my hair to the side and put it in a semi-loose french braid & tuck the end under to make my hair look 'short' - then I would use spray-on color to turn it fiery orange-red. It's what I used to put my hair up at night until I mastered dutch braiding, and as a hairstyle I like trying different variations - 2 braids, loose, tight, etc... I will have to remember to take some pics next time I wear a french braid!

May 26th, 2010, 02:50 AM
I did it! I managed to learn a french braid! And just in time for the hairstyle of the month :)

click for full view:
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz20/uinda/hair/th_IMG_1275.jpg (http://s809.photobucket.com/albums/zz20/uinda/hair/?action=view&current=IMG_1275.jpg)

May 26th, 2010, 02:51 AM
Here is mine:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/94_189/147_66/RSCN4387-vi.jpg (http://hotimg23.fotki.com/p/a/94_189/147_66/RSCN4387-vi.jpg)

May 26th, 2010, 06:18 PM
Double french braids! Not the best shot - I was in a hurry. I'll do better next time lol

May 26th, 2010, 08:24 PM
Heere's MINE!


I tried to make the sections a bit smaller than I usually make them. DH took the photo for me.

May 26th, 2010, 09:51 PM
My daughter in law made this one for me. I still can't manage it!


May 27th, 2010, 07:30 AM
My french braid is in my album. I'm not sure how to post or maybe I can't yet.

May 27th, 2010, 09:40 AM
I scared myself with these. The tassles kept tickling my elbows.

May 27th, 2010, 04:54 PM
Here's mine. I'm still not good with my camera. Sorry for the quality. :oops:http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4712&pictureid=73056http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=4712&pictureid=73056

May 28th, 2010, 04:47 AM
Twin French Braids this time!
I always have trouble knowing where to bring the new sections in so they look nice and straight. To me, they look a bit droopy here. Guess I need more practice! ;)


Then I bunned them to make a Classic Braid - pic here (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/blog.php?b=71377).

May 28th, 2010, 06:43 AM
Okay, as promised - my double french half up!

From my album:


"This is my going-out style, if my hair is more than 2 days post-wash, or simply looking wonky when down. Separate the hair into two mostly-equal sections, one on top, one on bottom. braid, bun, whatever the bottom section to keep it out of the way, and make twin french braids with the top. Release the bottom section, and done!"


"This is my double french half up, with the bottom part braided for more protection from rowdy crowds, drunken idiots, wind damage, etc."


I've never worn this one out, yet - but I figured, why not REALLY get into the spirit of the thread?

May 29th, 2010, 01:29 AM
Ok, so I'm late but here's mine:

I only wear French braids when I'm riding since I'm not overly fond of how it accentuates my thinness and taper

May 30th, 2010, 03:38 PM
Last minute! I sneak in under the wire. Heavily oiled, and a bit messy from having already been out and about today:


I wear this style often, especially when doing active outdoor things.

May 31st, 2010, 02:43 PM
I figured it out thanks to Flaxen's reply to "How do I put pictures (and album pictures) in my posts?" on the site support. So helpful, thanks!




June 5th, 2010, 04:02 PM
Sooo ... it is June now, and I just remembered I took a photo for this and forgot to put it up. But, it was braided in May!


And now please ignore it, because that is a Dutch braid :P

Ginger Elanor
August 23rd, 2010, 12:15 PM
French plaits are one of the few hairstyles I can do! I wear french plaits a lot, usually one straight down the middle, but sometimes two (but only when I've done my roots, otherwise I have a different colour stripe and I don't like it). Also very recently I have started doing a sideways plait on just my front hair, from ear to ear.

French plait tucked under for going out dancing:

French plait with my Nepalese wool braid thingy in it:

This week's experiment:

Ginger Elanor
August 23rd, 2010, 12:18 PM
Oh, somehow that didn't work - and I don't think I'm allowed to edit my post. Sorry!

Anyway, hopfully here are the missing ones:


(fingers crossed)

October 12th, 2010, 11:16 AM
I love french braids- they are so versatile! I wear them to keep my bangs off my face when my hair is down and I also think that they make a great alternative to a ponytail when I want to put my hair up.

October 27th, 2010, 04:26 PM

If this is too large, would someone please let me know?

I resized on photobucket so that it would be under 600 x 600 but am still new to all of this. Thank you!

October 29th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Thank you!

Madora - would you please explain how you did that?

NOTE: click on the blue arrow above to see Madora's lovely braid

January 4th, 2011, 10:02 AM
Better late than never:D


January 4th, 2011, 07:24 PM
we love french braids in my house as well. I tend to do two of them to sleep in at night.

August 18th, 2011, 07:15 PM
Diagonal french braid