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How to Make a French Braid Headband

This braided hair band makes its own accessory


French braid headbandBesides being a great way to keep hair off the face, this braided band makes its own accessory. Girls can wear it with their hair hanging down in back, or with a ponytail, bun, or larger braid.

What You'll Need:

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Ponytail holders
  • Jaw clip
  • Bobby pins


10-15 minutes


Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair

Step 2. Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.

Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you've chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child's ear tilted up, begin making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part. French-braid tightly across the crown and down to the other side, gathering small (1/4- to 1/2-inch) sections from above the part.

Step 4: Once you've reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the hear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip used in Step 2 and style as you like.

Also try making the Fishtail Braid and the Heart Braid.

From Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair by Cozy Friedman (Artisan Books); Copyright 2011. Jennifer Playford illustrations/Alexandra Grablewski photographer.

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