The Weekend Post #80: The French Braid Fracas

The title of this post should probably be ‘Hey look at this knot that I’ve created in my hair’, but instead I’m going to try and pass it off as a French braid. Yeah? Sorta? I mean it’s more of a plait, but you see where I’m trying to go with this. It’s become a bit of a regular thing that when I’ve got a spare half an hour at the weekend, I set up shop in front of the mirror with a plaiting YouTube how-to, a bunch of bands and my nimble fingers at the ready in a desperate attempt to master all things twisted. My obsession with a bit of side-swept braid action began way back in my Hills-viewing days, L.C always rocked a good one and since moving out my chief plaiter, a.k.a) my sister, is no longer about to do her thang so I’ve got to get down to it.

It almost always ends up with me spending 10 minutes trying to rake out a gigantic self-inflicted knot and giving up through to lack of fingertip energy, but sometimes I do end up with something that slightly resembles the desired result and I’ve found a few products in my toiletry tower that help to make the process a wee bit easier. Firstly Bumble and Bumble’s Prep; it’s one of those ‘can’t quite put my finger on it‘ products, but spritzed through the lengths post-wash and pre-blow dry my locks just tend to be a bit more obedient when this is in use. When everything’s dried off you got to give it a good comb – hello TangleTeezer – and of course you have to have your bands on hand, these cheapie elastics from Boots do the trick. Now a step I’ve found really helps to stop the strands slipping through my fingers is a blast of dry-shampoo, it may seem a little counter intuitive to apply it on freshly washed tresses, but it just gives the whole thing a bit more grip. Oscar Blandi’s Volumising one is my current go-to. Braiding-done (an hour later), I like to make sure it’s going to stay there and whack out the hairspray to set it all before giving my digits a rest.

Video-wise there’s a few I like to watch out of one eye while the other looks on confused at what my hands are creating. The Beauty Department’s offering is probably the easiest and clearest to follow and I like their whole clear band trick, but the next one I want to master is this – a feather waterfall braid. It’s just asking to be pinned, right? But until then I’ll stick to the basics….and the untangling.


  • I need BB prep!

  • Emma

    Love the variety of your posts! Well written & links to everything you mention. Def my fave blogger! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Nicole

    I always think French braids looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ You just have to keep your hands as close to your head as you can and pull the braid really tight.


  • molly

    i love french braids, but i am so bad at doing them myself ahah xxxx

  • Kris

    I can also highly recommend Letmakeitup1 on YT. She does amazing hair tutorials ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maddy Cane

    I love braids but they are so difficult, I can never really do them! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • I may have to give this style a whirl today… I’m no pro stylist but I do love me some hippy hair!

    Beauty Lover’s Notes

  • Daniella

    I love bb prep! great post!

  • Allison

    just with anything beauty wise, it takes a bunch of practice! I first taught myself how to french braid when I was about ten out of necessity because my mom wasn’t home that morning, It only took ten more years but now I’m a braid master hahha

  • I’m trying to conquer the fishtail braid! xx

  • Gee Mill

    Ah this was so helpful! I was never able to do this

  • Lyndsey

    Haha! Appreciate your honesty! I’ve seen a pic of Sienna Miller with the most gorgeous braid updo. I’ve admired it but never thought to give it a go for myself. Maybe you’ve just inspired me to give it a shot? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy

    I love doing braids! They’re the best things in the Summer and look so pretty x

    Amy |

  • Sam

    I really like this hairstyle but can never get it right. Looks great on you!

  • Celina

    I love braiding my hair but I’m always too lazy too and because my hair is quite layered, I find a lot of bits poking out after. I’ve been eyeing up the Bumble and Bumble Prep for a while now and I think I might try out the mini of it to see if it’ll help my layers behave.


    Celina | The Celution

    • Tanya

      Love your blog name! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hanna

    Is that a travel-sized bumble and bumble?
    If so, where can I get it? ๐Ÿ™‚ X
    Great post as always!!

  • victoria

    A full photo of your finished ‘do’ would have been helpful

  • Nathalie Fraser

    This post may now have started a slight obsession with watching hair tutorials haha…I so want to be one of those people that makes an effort with their hair, I’m so so lazy with mine! The most adventurous I ever get outside of leaving it natural and a bit wavy/straight is the odd topknot or side fishtail braid, I’m vowing from now on to try and make my fingers cooperate a bit more with more imaginative styles haha ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Alix

    letsmakeitup1 does great hair tutorials on youtube. and she does lots of braided looks! highly recommend.