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How to French Braid Curly Hair

French braids are a classic and elegant hairstyle that can be worn for any occasion. However, for those with curly or textured hair, achieving a French braid can seem like a daunting task. But fear not, with the right techniques and products, you can easily master the art of french braiding curly hair. In this article, we will guide you through the steps of french braiding curly hair and provide tips for maintaining the style.

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Preparing Your Hair

Before you begin braiding, it is important to properly prepare your hair for braids. Start by washing and conditioning your hair with products specifically designed for curly or textured hair. This will help to define your curls and make them easier to work with. After washing, apply a leave-in conditioner or curl cream to add moisture and reduce frizz. You can also use a detangling spray to make combing through your hair easier. 

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Sectioning Your Hair

Sectioning your hair is crucial for achieving a neat and even french braid. Start by parting your hair down the middle and securing one side with a hair tie. Then, divide the other side into three equal sections, making sure to keep the sections as even as possible. If you have thicker hair, you may need to create smaller sections to ensure a tight and secure braid.Braiding Technique.To begin the braid, cross the right section over the middle section, then cross the left section over the new middle section. Next, add a small section of hair from the right side to the right section and cross it over the middle. Repeat this process on the left side, adding a small section of hair to the left section and crossing it over the middle. Continue this pattern, adding small sections of hair to each side as you braid.rihanna with braided hair

Tips for Textured Hair

For those with textured hair, it is important to use products that will help to define and hold your curls. Before braiding, apply a curl defining cream or gel to your hair to help keep your curls intact. You can also use a small amount of oil or serum to smooth any frizz or flyaways.When it comes to maintaining your french braid, consider wrapping your hair in a silk scarf or using a silk pillowcase while sleeping to prevent frizz and preserve the style overnight. This gentle method will help your braid stay intact and reduce the need for daily restyling. Additionally, incorporating a satin-lined cap or bonnet into your nighttime routine can also help protect your braid and keep it looking fresh for longer periods. By following these simple steps, you can extend the life of your french braid and enjoy the elegant look for days.

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Additionally, using a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle your hair before braiding can help to create a smoother and more defined braid.

Protective Styles

French braids are not only a stylish choice, but they can also serve as a protective style for curly and textured hair. By braiding your hair, you are reducing the amount of manipulation and heat styling that can cause damage to your hair. To keep your hair healthy and protected, make sure to moisturize and seal your hair regularly, and avoid tight or pulling braids that can cause tension on your scalp. 

Elevate Your Braids with Curly Hair Extensions

For those looking to add extra volume and length to their braids, curly hair extensions are a game-changer. Not only do they blend seamlessly with your natural curls, but they also provide endless possibilities to experiment with thicker and longer braids. When selecting curly hair extensions, choose ones that match your curl pattern and texture to achieve a natural and cohesive look.

Final Touches

Once you have completed your french braid, you can secure the end with a hair tie or bobby pins. For a more polished look, you can use a small amount of gel or pomade to smooth any flyaways or frizz. You can also add hair accessories such as clips or flowers to add a touch of elegance to your braid.

With these tips and techniques, you can confidently french braid your curly or textured hair. Remember to be patient and practice, and soon you will be able to create beautiful and intricate french braids. Do you have any other tips for french braiding curly hair? Let us know in the comments below.

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