By Stormie Weaver
It can begin at the very top of your head if you like or start it at the middle of the back of your head for a more subtle look.
Use both hands to gather a small amount of hair from the top of your head or wherever you have chosen to begin the braid.
Use a comb or your fingers to part the section of hair into three equal pieces. Hold the pieces separately between the fingers of one hand so that one piece is held between your thumb and pointer finger, one between your pointer and middle finger, one between your middle and ring finger.
Using both hands to keep the three pieces of hair separated, cross the left piece from left to right under the middle piece, then cross the right piece from right to left under the middle piece. For a neat-looking braid, try not to get hairs from any one piece mixed in with any other piece.
Add a small piece of hair from the left side of your head to the piece of hair that is now on the left side. Cross the now thicker left piece from left to right under the middle. Add a small piece of hair from the right side of your head to the piece of hair on the right side that has not been added to. Braid that section under the middle piece from right to left.
Repeat the process adding more hair to the left and right sections before each cross-under until you reach then end of your hair. For a successful inside-out braid you must always cross the left and right strands under the middle strand, never over it.
Examples of Visible braids
Start the process by gathering a big chunk (3-4 inches wide) from the top-center of your head. All the hair in this section should come from the same "hair row." You don't want to grab strands from higher up or lower down.
Just like traditional braids, French braids use three sections of hair to create their pattern. Separate them out by running your fingers through the chunk you are holding to create three even pieces. Make sure that none of the pieces are larger or smaller than the other two.
First, you have to get your hand positioning right: hold two strands in one hand, and the third strand in the other. Begin in a traditional braid by crossing the “right” strand over to the center. Then, cross the “left” strand from over to the center. Repeat until you've made a few rows of a traditional braid.
Keep going with this traditional braid pattern, but start bringing in other pieces of hair. Before crossing a section over to center, grab some hair from that side of your head and include it in the cross-over.
As you work down your head, you'll start running out of free hair to bring into the braid. By the time you reach the nape of your neck, you should have incorporated all of your hair.
When all of your hair is in the working braid, finish it off as a traditional braid. Keep going until you reach the end of your strands. Then, secure the braid with a ponytail.