How To French Braid A Beard

Brushing Before Braiding

Before beginning the braiding process, brush the beard to ensure that it is tangle-free. Using a wide, stiff-bristled brush on the thicker parts of the beard will help to prepare the strands for braiding. If the person getting his beard braided prefers to keep any curls intact, they should not be brushed out, just lightly smoothed to avoid any knots or tangles.

Part the Beard Into Sections

Once the beard is brushed, divide the beard into three sections. For a French braid, the hair needs to be divided into an outer right, middle, and outer left section. The size of each section should be similar to the width of the strand being used to braid. Starting near the chin, divide the beard into equal parts and continue to separate the three sections until near the sideburns, ensuring the hair is divided evenly.

Crossing and Securing the Strands

Once the hair is divvied up, begin to braid each section. Taking the left section, cross it over the middle section, then take the right section and cross it over the middle. Take more hair from left and right sides as you go to make the braid tighter. Continue to cross the outer sections over the middle, repeating the process throughout the braid. If the strands of hair being used for the braid are quite long, secure the ends of the hair after completing the braid. This can be done by wrapping a band or ribbon around the ends.

Adding Hair To the Braid

Not only will it be necessary to braid each section of the beard, but more hair should be added as the braid progresses. Take the left section and lift it up, taking in additional hair from the beard and adding it to the left strand of hair before crossing it over the middle. After adding to the left section, repeat the same process with the right section. When adding the additional hair, it’s important to make sure it’s spread throughout the braid. This will distribute the hair more evenly.

Styling The Braid

Once the braid is complete, apply extra-firm hold hairspray to hold the braid in place. This will help ensure that the braiding stays in place. Then use a wide-tooth comb to secure any flyaway strands, to make the braid look more neat and tidy. Lastly, apply a secure pin to the back of the head to secure the braid in place, if necessary.

Maintenance and Care

Once the French braid is in place, the style needs to be maintained accordingly. Make sure to lightly brush and comb the beard daily, to keep the hair in place and prevent the braid from becoming tangled. Be sure to apply extra-firm hold hairspray every day, to keep the braid secure.

Types of French Braids

A French braid can be created in a variety of styles. The most common type is the traditional French braid, in which the three sections of hair are crossed over each other in a continuous pattern. Another popular style is the Fishtail braid, which is a more intricate style of French braid that creates a beautiful rope-like effect when finished. Finally, the Messy French braid is a great style for achieving an easy-going, effortless look.

Common Mistakes

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to French braiding beards is using too much hair. It can be tempting to add extra hair to make the braid appear fuller, but this will only result in the braid becoming too loose and tangled. It’s also important not to make the sections of the beard too thick, as this can make the braid too bulky and difficult to manage.

Using Hair Accessories

Hair accessories can be used to accentuate the French braid and make it stand out. Hair accessories such as ribbons, elastics, or clips are all great options for embellishing the style. Be sure to choose a hair accessory that is not too heavy or uncomfortable, as this can cause the braid to become loose and unravel over time.

Using Other Hair Products

When styling a French braid, it’s important to use the right hair products. A good hair thickening spray can help to give the braid the appearance of being thicker and fuller. For extra firm hold, use a strong-hold hairspray, such as one with a flexible hold rating. And, it’s also important to use a good leave-in conditioner or serum to keep the beard soft and conditioned.

Frequency of Hair Treatment

For best results, the French braid should be done every two to three weeks. This will keep the braid looking neat and tidy and help to keep the beard healthy. To make sure the braid stays in place for up to three weeks, make sure to follow the steps above and use high-quality products.

Applying Beard Oil

Beard oil is a great way to moisturize and condition the hair after the French braid has been completed. Applying an all-natural beard oil to the beard is a great way to keep the hair looking healthy and shiny. To apply the oil, rub a small amount between your palms and massage the oil into the beard. This will help to keep the beard looking soft and provide extra nourishment.

Paul Richardson is a master barber and an expert in men's beard care. He has been cutting hair for more than 15 years and loves to help people look their best. Paul specializes in styling beards, offering advice on the right products and techniques to use, and providing grooming tips that will keep your beard looking great.

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