How to Braid

How to Braid 2

How to Braid is a great tutorial if you are wanting to learn how to braid. This video features regular braiding, french braiding, and dutch braiding.
I started wearing braids as early as I can remember. Besides during the first grade, when my mom chopped my hair like a boy, I always wore my hair braided in different styles. Luckily, once I was able to do it myself I took over the job of braiding my hair for school in the mornings. Once you get down the skill of braiding it is easy to practice french braiding and the slightly more tricky, dutch braid.

How to Braid:

1. Divide the hair into three sections
2. Cross the right section over the middle section so it now becomes the middle.
3. Next, cross the left section over the middle section so it is now the middle piece.Β This is the basic step for a braid.
4. Continue crossing the right and left sections over the middle.
5. Tie off the end with an elastic band.

How to Braid 4

How to French Braid:
1. Section the hair into three equal sections.
2. Begin a regular braid crossing the right strand over the middle followed by the left strand.
3. On the second stitch, pull in a section of hair that lines up with that strand and incorporate it into the crossed piece.
4. Repeat this on the other side.
5. Continue this method as you work your way down until all the hair is pulled into the braid.
6. Tie off the end with an elastic band.

How to Braid 3

How to Dutch Braid:
1. Start with another section of hair divided into three pieces.
2. Cross the right strand under the middle strand so it becomes the middle piece.
3. Then, cross the left strand under the middle strand so its the middle now.
4. Cross the right strand under the middle again then bring in a section of hair that lines up with that strand and add it to the braid.
5. Repeat this for the left side, alternating this pattern as you work down.
6. When all the hair is pulled into the braid, tie it off with an elastic band.
How to Braid (start time 0:07)
How to French Braid (start time 1:12)
How to Dutch Braid (start time 2:42)

Since it is Throw Back Thursday and everything I thought it would be fun to throw waaaaaaaay back to 2011 to my old “How to Braid” video! It’s crazy how different I look!
Stay up to date when new videos are posted by subscribing to my channel. Simply click the red YouTube button! Thanks!



  1. Sylvia
    April 20, 2015 / 7:40 AM

    Did you have an ombre?

    • April 21, 2015 / 11:05 PM

      No, it’s just grown out.

  2. Kelly S
    April 12, 2015 / 6:46 AM

    Hi Missy! I thought I could French braid my hair poorly before this tutorial and now I can do it really well! I saw your tutorial for half up French braids and i really loved it and I couldn’t figure out how to do it but I’m wearing that hairstyle as I type this! Thank you so much and your blog is amazingggg and your hair tutorials are just perfect! :))

    • April 15, 2015 / 5:19 PM

      Thanks so much, Kelly!

  3. Alexis
    April 19, 2014 / 6:07 AM

    Totally in LOVE with your blog, I found it today in Pinterest with your Elsa tutorial and like I said before I’ve never seen a better hair tutorial! I finally know how to do the french and dutch braid. And just in time for summer! Thank you!

    • April 20, 2014 / 9:19 AM

      Haha, you’re welcome Alexis! and thank you! <3

  4. Myfanwy Hood
    March 24, 2014 / 8:06 AM

    Thank you so much! I’ve never understood how to do French braids or what Dutch braids were but now I almost feel like I could attempt these myself :)

    • melissa
      March 24, 2014 / 9:27 AM

      That’s wonderful! I am glad it’s a little easier now ((:

  5. March 21, 2014 / 5:04 AM

    Thanks, Melissa! This is a great tutorial and I will definitely be using it. I remember how liberated I felt when I learned to french braid for the first time in college…it’s the little things, I guess. :) (Do you ever have readers send you pictures of their looks from your tutorials?)

    • melissa
      March 21, 2014 / 8:49 AM

      Hi Olivia! I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorial! I haven’t before but I would love to see your pictures if you want to tag me on instagram, @melisscook, or on twitter, @meliss_cook, I’d love to see your look!

  6. March 20, 2014 / 6:25 PM

    Noe that’s probebly the first time ever that I see a tutorial on french braids and think that maaaybe I can do it too. That’s something really impressive, I’ll try as soon as possible, thanks for the clear explanation :)

    • melissa
      March 21, 2014 / 8:43 AM

      You can do it! Just practice ((: Thank you! <3

    • melissa
      March 20, 2014 / 2:01 PM

      Thank you, Shiny!

  7. March 20, 2014 / 10:28 AM

    Amazing and I can’t wait to try the 3rd one over the weekend:) They all are so sassy. Btw: thanks for your sweet comment the other day..xoxox Happy 1st day of spring.

    • melissa
      March 20, 2014 / 10:39 AM

      <3 <3 <3 You're welcome! I've loved your blog forever ((:

  8. March 20, 2014 / 6:02 AM

    I wish I could french braid my hair. I’ve tried, I’ve failed. I hope that when my daughter has long enough hair I’ll be able to actually do hers because I love all your hair tutorials and I want to put them to good use!

    • melissa
      March 20, 2014 / 9:01 AM

      Thanks, Courtney, I appreciate it ((: I’m sure your daughter will love it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.