There are many different ways that you could go about getting French braid pigtail instructions. Obviously you could read and study from a text book that you might use in beauty school. These are very informative, but certainly do not offer the practical technique experience that you need to truly learn this art form. Similarly, you could attend a class which gives you more exposure and interaction with other people regarding the topic but does not necessarily give you experience working with hair unless you have some study aids in the room.
For the same reasons why you might attend a class, you could also watch an instructional video. These are often much cheaper—often free—and allow you to study from the comfort of your own home. This means that you could watch the video and practice on a friend or loved one who has graciously volunteered for the day.
The first thing that you need to before you style any kind of hair is to make sure that it is clean, conditioned, and moisturized. This is extremely important for many reasons. First of all, you don’t want to deal with dirt, oil, or other things that could cause damage to your hair. In fact, if your hair is too dry, it could split while you are trying to style it. This is why it is important that you properly wash, dry, and condition your hair first. You can also run a comb through it to make sure there are no kinks.
Next, you take a 3” X 2” section, approximately, and separate it into three parts. Hold the outside parts one in each hand with the center part wrapped around one of your fingers (probably the middle finger). Now you begin your braid by dropping one section below another rotating each one on top of the next, in a criss-cross type fashion. Grab the free section with your index finger and thumb and continue pulling them in this fashion until you have achieved the design you desire.
The French braid is actually quite a simple technique that can lay foundation for many other, more elaborate ones. It has been around for centuries, though its true origin may never be known. Also known as “invisible cornrows,” the French braid may actually have roots as deep as Africa, Nigeria, or Egypt and not Europe, and could date as far back as 500 B.C.