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For women, French braiding pigtails might be second nature, something they could do in their sleep. But sometimes dad is left home alone with the kids for the weekend, and he suddenly holds the responsibility for getting everyone’s hair ready.

It’s at that moment that dad begins to wonder how to French braid pigtails.

While French braids may look complicated, they actually follow an easy-to-learn process. To help dads who may find themselves trying to make their daughters look cute before walking out the door, here’s a simple step-by-step process for how to French braid pigtails.

Yes, the process for French braiding is easy to learn. But that’s not to say there won’t be some frustration. To help manage the frustration, follow these 3 French-braiding rules: 1) Always pull the hair tight as you go, 2) Keep the sections as even as possible, and 3) Practice as often as you get the chance — because the only way to master French braids is through practice.

 

Easy Steps to French Braid Pigtails

Did we mention there’s an easy, step-by-step process for how to French braid pigtails? Well, your wait is over. Here’s how to do it in just 9 steps:

1. Brush/Comb

Brush the hair out until it’s as smooth as possible You want to leave a perfectly straight part right down the middle of the head. After brushing, you may need to use a comb to get that straight part. And here’s a pro tip: The whole process is a little easier if the hair is just slightly damp.

2. Divide and Tie

Now bunch the two sides together and drape them over the shoulders. Tie the right side of the hair down so that it can’t be pulled over as you work on the left side to start (or vice versa).

3. Create 3 Sections on One Side

Starting as close to the hairline as possible, collect some hair and divide into three sections — left, right and middle. Your three sections will need to be amount the same size throughout the process, so start with a manageable amount. And here’s another pro tip: The thicker the hair, the larger each section should be.

4. Begin Braiding

Once the hair is divided into three sections, you’ll start the process that will carry you through to the end. It goes like this: Pull the left section over the middle section, and then pull the right section over the left section that you just pulled into the middle.

5. Pull Tight!

Now you’ve take your first real step toward a French braid. It’s time to pull the first braid tight! You’ll want to do this after each individual braid — always pull tight. This helps keep the braid organized as you work, and it will help create a neater braid once you’re finished.

6. Make Another Braid

What was originally your left section is now your right section. What was originally your middle section is now your left section. And what was originally your right section is now your middle section.

Now simply add a little bit of hair (equal to the original amount) to each section and repeat for the second braid. Take your new left section over the new middle section. And then pull your new right section over the new left section that you just pulled into the middle. Pull tight again! And don’t

7. Keep Going

You should settle into a rhythm. Keeping adding equal amounts of hair to each section, and then pull the left section over the middle and then pull the right section over the left section now in the middle. Keep going. This is how you French braid! And don’t forget to pull tightly …

8. The Big Finish

Once you only have 2 or 3 inches left, it’s time to finish. Simply pull the three sections together and tie them at the base of the braid as tightly as possible using a braid. If you’re been pulling tightly as you go and if you’ve been using equal amounts of hair for each braid, you should be left with a neat, tight, organized French braid.

9. Do the Other Side

You might need a short rest first, but: It’s time to do the other side. Don’t worry about it, though. You’ve got this. After French braiding just one side of a head of hair, the second side should come easy.

 

Final Thoughts on How to French Braid Pigtails

There are lots of different ways to make your daughter’s hair look cute. Start with French braiding, and then move onto something else. In time, you’ll feel confident in helping her get ready for the day. This helps take a responsibility off your wife’s plate, and — Who knows? — you may find that you enjoy it and that it helps you and your daughter bond.

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