How to French Braid Your Hair in 3 Minutes (or Less!)

How to French Braid Your Hair in 3 Minutes (or Less!)

French Braid Styles You Just Have to Try.

Every woman recognizes the French braid. It is a classic, traditional yet elegant braided hairstyle that has been around for decades, particularly during 90s. Recently, the French braid has made a huge comeback. In fact, it is one of the best hairstyles for 2018.

And let’s face it… The French braid isn’t going away anytime soon.
It’s the perfect hairstyle for medium to long hair. It is also relatively low maintenance, but can have a profound impact on your look and style. It is a great solution for attending a formal event, or even throwing your hair back on a hot day. Whether you are a French braid expert or a novice, this article is for you. This article will provide you with some super-easy yet trendy French braid styles you can do in minutes.

7 French Braid Styles You Have to Try

Despite its popularity, French braiding the right way can be a little tricky. Here are some tips on how to French braid your hair in 3 minutes—or less!
Here are some common French Braid styles you just must try.

1. Down the Center

Traditional and yet still trendy, the “down the center” French braid is still in. Begin by braiding at the top of your head, continuing down the center and the back of your neck (depending on the length of your hair, of course).
Whether you have “lob” (long bob) or long, wavy mermaid hair, the “down the center” French braid will look awesome with any hair type or length.

2. French Braid Updo

You can also easily French braid your hair into an updo. For example, you can French braid the right or left side of your head to just above your neck, and then tie it off into a bun.
If you want a higher updo, simply French braid your hair on one side, moving towards the back of your head. Then, tie it off in a bun, a clip or barrette, or complete it with a French twist. You can also curl any loose ends for a more elegant look.

3. Braid in a Bun

If you are looking for another easy French braid updo, you can pile your hair into a bun and wrap the bun with French braids.
To do this, first section your hair, pulling half of it up into a bun. Tie off and secure the bun accordingly.
Then, French braid the loose bottom section into several (three or four) French braids. The number of French braids you create will ultimately depend on how thick or thin you want the braids to look.
For example, for thicker braids, French braid larger sections of hair. For smaller, thinner braids, French braid smaller sections of hair. Once you have the desired number of individual French braids, simply pull up each braid from the back of your neck and wrap it around the bun. Repeat this process for each braid.
Then, pin each braid into place within the bun with bobby pins, barrettes, or mini clips.
Finally, use a finishing hair spray to ensure that your bun and braids stay in place.

4. Pretty in Pigtails

Don’t laugh… We aren’t talking about super-high pigtails adorned with giant bows like a 6-year old girl. Of course this hairstyle would look beautiful on a child, adult women can also sport this French braid style. Begin by parting your hair starting from the top of your head all the way down to the back of the neck. Separate hair on both sides.
Then, French braid each side individually, starting from the top down. Once you are finished, you can either tie the two ends together into a single bun, or tie them into two separate buns that sit at the base of your neck.

5. The Braided Ponytail

The braided ponytail is a super simple style that can give any ordinary ponytail a little something extra. If the ponytail is your go-to hairstyle, then try adding a French braid. This hairstyle only requires a side part, a simple three-strand braid, and a small section of hair to fold over the elastic to hide it.
Take a section of hair from the side of your hair and begin your French braid. Once you reach the back of your head, simply pull your braid into a ponytail, and tie it off with an elastic. You can also take a loose section of hair and wrap it around the elastic if you wish to hide it. You can wear this French braid style as tightly or as loosely as you prefer.

6. The Fishtail Braid

This French Braid looks complicated, but once you nail it, we are willing to bet this will become a go-to French braid style you won’t want to live without. Pull your hair to one side, separating it into sections. Then, pull the rest of your hair through. Repeat until you reach the end. Again, you can tie it with an elastic, or wrap it into a bun.

7. The Mermaid French Braid

This is another trendy French braid style that looks excellent with long hair. However, this also works as a great short hair french braid. Start French braiding your hair halfway down the back of your head, favoring one side. The key to achieving this beautiful look is to keep the braid loose. You may need to use a finishing spray or creme in order to keep the hair in place.

What Your French Braid Has Probably Been Missing…

Now that you have some new French braid hairstyle ideas to try, the next step is ensuring your French braid stays intact. After all, there is nothing more frustrating than feeling your French braid or hairstyle slowly lose its luster and security after only a few hours. French braiding is super easy and quick to do, but it can also easily come undone, especially if you have long, thick, and heavy hair.
However, using the right products can help your French braid stay intact, whether it is spending an afternoon at the beach or dancing all night at a wedding. Additionally, keeping your hair as healthy as possible will make any hairstyle or gorgeous updo easy to do. Here are some tips on how to keep hair looking shiny, healthy, and beautiful:
  • Use a styling product in your hair when braiding to hold your look in place such as a taffy or paste. These type of products tame fly away hairs and ensure your look stays put.
  • Use a Hydrating Mask. Consider using a hydrating mask at least twice a week, and ensure your hair products contain emollients for proper and thorough conditioning.
  • UVA and UVB Blockers. The sun not only damages your skin, it also damages your hair, especially long hair. Try using products that contain UVA and UVB blockers to help your hair retain moisture, which helps keep hair nourished and healthy.
  • Use the RIGHT Products. Not only are there some things you can do to keep your hair healthy, there are also somethings you can avoid. For example, avoiding products that contain questionable ingredients, such as parabens and sodium laurel sulfates can potentially dull and damage hair further. Rather, opt to use naturally-based products that promote natural hair growth and health.

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Hair Braid Ideas That Will Change Your Life

So, there you have it! Whether you are looking to spruce up your look and style, or you are searching for that perfect updo for a wedding, party, graduation or another big event, be sure to check out and try a few of these hair braid ideas. These timeless French braid ideas won’t be going out of style anytime.

Emily Stevens

“Two or three-day old hair makes this one work. Pull it back and wrap it with a non-rubberized tie. Take the long thin end of a teaser comb to pull out and loosen up strands so it’s not sleek.”

Laura Smith

“Two or three-day old hair makes this one work. Pull it back and wrap it with a non-rubberized tie. Take the long thin end of a teaser comb to pull out and loosen up strands so it’s not sleek.”

Sarah Daniels

“Two or three-day old hair makes this one work. Pull it back and wrap it with a non-rubberized tie. Take the long thin end of a teaser comb to pull out and loosen up strands so it’s not sleek.”

Hair Glossary: How to Get Exactly What You Want From Your Stylist!

Have you ever left a salon with hair too short? Or the color darker than you wanted? Or had your bangs cut off completely? Mistakes happen with hair stylists and unfortunately the outcome can make our lives a short-term horror story.
Preventing hair mishaps needs clear communications between your hair guru and you. To make sure you’re both on the same wavelength before scissors start cutting or dye gets mixed, clarify exactly what’s about to happen. Ask a lot of questions! So what if you feel like a pest? It’s your hair and you want to love how it turns out.

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One of the best tools to use when talking to your stylist is photos. You can show color, the exact type of highlighting, the style of layering…literally anything you want, thanks to sites like Pinterest and Tumblr.
Also realize that your hair is particular to you. Not every haircut or hair color will work with every type and natural color hair…or shape of face or skin coloring. When asking advice, be sure to let your stylist know about specifics, like cowlicks, preferred part, hair loss, receding hairline or what have you.
The other thing that helps ensure you get what you want is to know how to speak your stylist’s language. Sometimes they may use terms that sound foreign – knowing just what they mean will help you feel like a pro. Here’s a glossary of the most common terms stylists use.

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Terms for Female Colors and Cuts
  • Balayage: A technique used to apply highlights in which the dye is applied to the hair freehand, using vertical strokes, literally painting color onto the hair using various shades to achieve a natural look. The hair ends up with a color on the bottom (usually lighter) that gradually fades into a different color around the roots.
  • Brassy: brass-colored tone. Usually happens when hair with warm undertones is chemically lightened and begins to fade.
  • Chic pixie: Very, very short hair on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top.
  • Cool: Colors that have blue or violet undertones. This includes platinum blondes, ash browns and plum reds.
  • Curtain bangs: A softer take on traditional bangs that part like a curtain to frame the face.
  • Cuticle: The outer, scale-like surface of the hair shaft.
  • Double-process: Typically used when lightening hair by more than two shades. Hair color is bleached to remove natural color and then new color is deposited onto the hair to create the desired shade.
  • Lift: Chemically taking color out of hair to make it lighter.
  • Lob: Combining the words “long” and “bob,” a lob is longer in the front and shorter in the back and has some slight layering.
  • Retouch: Applying color just to regrowth (roots), not the whole head of hair.
  • Short vs shorter: Achieving your desired length is crucial! Make sure your stylist understands exactly what you mean by short or shorter. Here is where photos come in super handy!
  • Single process: A coloring process that only uses one color application.
  • Snip tour: Trimming the hair all around the head. Again, clarify exactly how much your stylist intends to cut off and in what places, especially bangs.

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Terms for Male Cuts
  • Buzz cut (or military cut): Short, buzzed cut. Super short is known as an induction cut (blade #0-#1) and a longer buzz cut (blade #4 or longer) is known as a butch cut. Want to be exact? Tell your stylist the blade number to use!
  • Crew cut: Tapered on the sides and back and longer on the top; the top is a uniform length or tapered slightly.
  • Ivy league: Several blade numbers longer than a Crew Cut.
  • Ceasar cut: The top is an inch longer than the rest of the hair and combed downward, creating a fringe on the forehead.
  • The fade: A very short tape that fades or “disappears” into the skin.
  • Undercut: Very short hair on the sides and back and longer on the top, going as dramatically different as you want.
  • The taper: Hair gradually changes from one length to another.

The Holidays Are So Over So Let’s Get Back To Healthy Living!

The holidays? So 10 days ago! Now it’s time to get yourself feeling the best you can, both mentally and physically. Yes, a recipe for healthy living takes a bit of work but the rewards really are priceless. By creating a lifestyle that centers on health from the inside out, it becomes an ingrained routine and much easier to stick with…so you’ll feel and look great!

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The first thing you can do to help you is drink a lot of water! It will help cleanse your system and get you turned around in the right direction. Remember—64 ounces a day or half your body weight in ounces of water daily.

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Second…and don’t groan…you need to exercise three to four days a week. Find something other than the boring treadmill that is different and that you like, such as kickboxing, TRX straps (invented by a former U.S. Navy Seal – here’s a primer) or hot yoga. Group classes make it easier and more fun to stick with a regimen because you end up not wanting to let your classmates down if you ditch a class. Plus, you get much needed support! Bonus! When you’re in shape, you will feel like you can leap off tall buildings! (Okay, sounds fun but don’t!)
Next, really take care your diet. Really. Dr. Agin, MONAT Scientific Advisory Board member, advises to eat a balanced diet: hydrate yourself and eat nutrient-dense foods (with the greatest amount and variety of nutrients) and minimally processed foods. This will help you look good from the inside out, as if you’re glowing! Here’s a great article, “Add more nutrient-dense foods to your diet” from Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School that will get you on the right path. And we can all use some help there!

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In fact, eat like you’re on vacation. A dinner of broiled fish and fresh vegetables looks the same anywhere. Take time to enjoy what you eat. In fact, pretend you’re overlooking the sea and try eating the Mediterranean way, with heart-healthy fats, minerals, and antioxidants in foods like hummus, olive oil and feta. The Mediterranean diet has been proven to not only keep you slim but help lower your risk for heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.1 If you want to get started on a healthier way of eating, here’s a great overview – 10 Things to Know About the Mediterranean.
Finally, if you really want to put the holidays behind you and get back on a healthier way of living, make sure you get good sleep, adds Dr. Agin, member of MONAT’s Scientific Board. This is something the body must have to recover, heal and function at its best! So healthy year here we come!

1 Mayo Clinic Staff, Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan. Nutrition and Healthy Eating. Mayoclinic.org. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

MONAT Employees Stand By Their Products!

After writing so much about haircare and what is best for taking care of different kinds of hair, we decided to ask MONAT employees what products they can’t live without! We rounded up three more-than-willing candidates who gladly shared their MONAT experiences with us!

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Frances Salichs, Marketing Products Manager
Frances has been with MONAT for 3+ years. Her favorite MONAT product is REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive: “I apply it on my face every single morning, either alone or along with my daily moisturizer. It leaves a subtle glow without looking greasy AT ALL which is amazing! I also like that it smooths my skin so my eye concealer just glides right on. Some love its fresh citrusy scent… I just love how it feels on my skin!”
Frances picked MONAT’s top seller! REJUVENIQE® nourishes the skin with an invigorating blend of 13+ unique rare oils, scientifically combined with powerful, active botanical ingredients that are compatible with the skin. It helps to deliver long-term age-prevention results on both hair and skin.

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Efrén de la Torre, Director of Packaging and Design Innovation
Efrén swears by MONAT BLACK GROOM STYLING CLAY because it creates versatile styling looks. He says, “Black Groom Clay is my favorite MONAT product. I always keep it handy to achieve a nice hold to my natural hair that lasts all day and never flakes. I really enjoy its fresh cool scent and its versatility. I can use it on damp hair for a slicker look or on dry hair for a natural matte finish. But the best part of this neat grooming clay is knowing that its naturally based ingredients will never harm my hair!
Designed with MONAT’s secret weapon, Kester Wax, GROOM STYLING CLAY makes modern styling easy and gives fine hair the extra boost it needs.

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Victoria Muniz, Administrative Assistant
Victoria’s must-have is REJUVABEADS®, known for its spectacular and proven hair repair qualities: “I cannot live without REJUVABEADS®! It is what I call a split-end eraser. It keeps my hair looking luxurious and my curls looking voluminous! It destroys any frizziness that tries to disrupt my hair’s beauty and keeps people wowing at my hair! Would I recommend MONAT’s REJUVABEADS®? Absolutely yes!”
REJUVABEADS® is like a miracle! In just 60 seconds, thousands of microscopic REJUVABEADS® go to work on hair, providing targeted hair repair! Advanced product technology means it goes right where it’s needed to smooth and repair the hair shaft and mend split ends.

*Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.

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