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    Default French braid help please

    I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but any attempt I make at a french braid turns into a dutch braid. I love dutch braids, but I want badly to be able to do a french braid correctly so I can do a french tuck right.

    When you add hair to a french braid, where does it go in relation to the hair already in your hand? When I put it over or under, I get the same not-right result. I'm pretty sure this is where the issue is, because all my other braids come out just fine, from herringbones to english to five strand braids.
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    It's not so much hair in your hand vs. new picked up hair. It's fundamentally which direction you are doing the braid in.

    French: put left (if that's what you are starting with) strand OVER center strand, put right OVER center strand
    Dutch: put left UNDER center strand, put right UNDER center strand

    If you have got used to doing a simple 3 strand braid only the second way, the first way could take some getting used to. You might try getting used to it on a simple 3 strand before complicated it by picking up side hair.
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    Is that really all there is to it?! O.O My god, why didn't I realize that? Thank you!
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    Yep that's all there is!
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    Yeah, it's easy... but not quite! I'm the opposite of you, Nevermore - I French braid all the time and then my fingers get all confuzzled when I try a Dutch braid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jel View Post
    I French braid all the time and then my fingers get all confuzzled when I try a Dutch braid!
    Haha. And I am the opposite to you. I dutch braid without any problem ... then when I try to put my hair on top instead for a french braid, my fingers get "confuzzled"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jel View Post
    Yeah, it's easy... but not quite! I'm the opposite of you, Nevermore - I French braid all the time and then my fingers get all confuzzled when I try a Dutch braid!
    I'm exactly like that! I just can't do a Dutch one. It confuses me beyond all belief.

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    I'm exactly like that! I just can't do a Dutch one. It confuses me beyond all belief.
    Me, too. All my attempts at Dutch have ended up a befuddled mess. I will try again this weekend and see what happens - wish me luck!

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    I can manage a Dutch braid perfectly fine on my daughter, but I can't get my fingers to work on my own hair. French braids I find a lot easier to do on myself though, but I mess them up on my daughter!!
    But with a little more practice I hope to get the hang of both kinds both on myself and my daughter
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    have you tried the styling station at the long hair loom? Their instructions and step by step pictures helped me out with the french braid.

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