Tutorial: Faux French Braid

With summer in full swing my hair is always in a messy side braid.  I wanted to try out something new so I enlisted stylist Jen Mathison to teach me a different take on your basic braid.  Check out below how to achieve a messy Faux French Braid...

You Will Need

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How To: 


It is best to start this style with textured hair or yesterday's hair as I like to call it. If you have freshly washed hair I recommend either putting a loose wave in it or spraying a beach hair spray in prior to styling.

Step 1:

Gather a section of hair from the crown of your head.  Braid into a simple three strand braid and tie with a clear elastic.  If your hair is layered, try to incorporate longer pieces, to make sure the braid runs down, close to your ends.

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Step 2:

Take a small section of hair from the right side of your hair and thread through the braid on the left side.

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Step 3:

Take a section of hair from the left and thread through the right side of your braid.  Continue this pattern until you reach the ends.  Tighter tension will give a very polished finish, here, the aim was a loose/organic feel.  

The Final Look

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Finish by securing with a second clear elastic and a light spray of session spray to hold the style.

Tip: This style is best suited to hair that has previously been styled with beach waves or a loose curl.

Note: For professional stylists and artists all products used in this tutorial can be purchased at West Coast Beauty Supply.

Credits: Julie Bajic Photography / Makeup: Katie Elwood / Hairstyling: Jen Mathison.


Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.