Braid 11-Half Up French Braids

Braid 11-Half Up French Braids is something I have been wanting to put up as a tutorial for a while now. I tried it first as lace braids but liked the look of French braids more instead. I know this hairstyle would be gorgeous with dutch braids as well so look for that tutorial because I am sure I will end up doing it soon!

Half Up French Braids

Here are the steps for creating this fun hairstyle for summer.

Half Up French Braids
Step 1 / Create a center part, take a section of hair on the left side, dividing it into three sections.

Half Up French Braids
Step 2 / Next, cross the side strands over the middle, creating one stitch of a French Braid.

Half Up French Braids
Step 3 / Then cross the front strand over the middle, take a section of hair that lines up with the strand, adding it into the braid.

Half Up French Braids
Step 4 / Cross the back strand over the middle pulling in hair to add to the strand.

Half Up French Braids
Step 5 / Repeat steps 3 and 4 completing a french braid to the back of the ear.

Half Up French Braids
Step 6 / Finish braiding the section into a regular braid and tie off the end with an elastic.

Half Up French Braids
Step 7 / Now, repeat these same steps on the opposite side.

Half Up French Braids
Step 8 / Pull both the braids to the back of the head and tie them together with a clear elastic band.

Half Up French Braids
Step 9 / Remove the bands from the individual braids and comb through the braids to smooth them out.

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  1. Kate
    July 15, 2015 / 7:39 PM

    Hi Melissa!
    I love the hairstyles on your site, especially ones like these. I have two small kids and never spend a lot of time on my hair. I wish I would’ve invested more time learning before I became a mom. My husband loves updos, braids, etc and I STINK at following tutorials. Would you ever consider teaching a crash course? I’d love to learn how to do french braids, dutch braids, waterfall etc, but I am struggling. I live in Utah too and I’d love to pay you well for your time. Will you please email me?

    We could meet at a park or something of your choosing so you’d feel safe, that is, if we live anywhere near eachother. :) Thank you! You have a wonderful talent.

    • July 19, 2015 / 11:33 AM

      Hi Kate, that may be possible (: I will talk to my husband and get back with you!

  2. Katie
    November 27, 2014 / 11:19 AM

    Your braids seem so much thicker than mine. Is that because your hair is a different texture than mine? Or do you use product before styling?

    • November 30, 2014 / 9:18 PM

      I really pull the braids apart afterwards to create a fuller look to the hairstyle (:

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