A big French side braid will instantly make you look like a diva. It is extremely feminine and relaxed at the same time. It may also add a luxurious touch to your look. Moreover, big side braids are a hit right now. You may see a lot of girls wearing it. Practice this easy hairstyle with our tutorial.


Confused with all those complicated hair tutorials? Our explanations are not like that.


Ladies, keep in mind that besides a French braid, you can also rock a side fishtail or pull-though braid. The essential thing to be done before mastering a side braid is adding some dry shampoo. Make sure you concentrate it on the roots to create volume and texture so that our braid won’t look flat in the end. By the way, it will help you to make your hair look thicker than it actually is.

This step is optional and would be useful for owners of thin hair. If you need to make your braid fuller and voluminous, add some strands of hair extensions. Try to put them as close to the bulk of a braid as possible avoiding the edges.

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Braiding Hair

Take all of your hair to one side, make a small side part. Start your French braid with three strands the way you normally do it. When you move along your hair line, pick up side sections and add them to the bulk of the braid. Do the same way with sections from the back. Repeat it till you reach your ear.

When you have included all the side hair into the braid, keep on braiding a normal braid till the very end. Secure it with a clear hair tie. Add some bobby pins at the back of your head for some extra security.

Finish Look

At previous step you could be done. If you want a messy and full look, loosen up the braid by pulling out the strands a little bit. Don’t go gaga on it in order not to ruin your masterpiece. Be careful with it.

Big French Side Braid Tutorial

Finally, you are done.

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Use your imagination to create an amazing and beautiful look with the French side braid.


FAQ: Side Braid

How long do side braids last?

Braids may last up to 8 weeks, depending on their type and your wearing style. Get ready to clean them approximately every 2 weeks.

Why do my braids feel loose?

If you see the braid loose at the root, it’s possible that your hair is simply growing. However, this is not always the case. If you pull a lot with the braids, especially with a high ponytail, you may have moved them.

Is my hair long enough to braid?

The longer the hair, the easier it is to knit, because you need to hold the different parts of the hair firmly and weave them into the braid. Shorter hair makes it difficult to keep the strands in place when weaving. Ideally, you knit with hair that is at least 5 inches long.