Trois Tresses Françaises (Three French Braids) Step By Step

Step 1: Prep Your Hair

  • Take horizontal sections and spray a minimum of 6-8" away with Redken quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to protect the hair from heat and for maximum iron results
  • Use the Sam Villa Textur® Texturizing Iron tapping the plates down the length to texturize the entire head of hair
  • After you have texturized the hair, brush through thoroughly with the Sam Villa Styling Brush to smooth the hair
  • Once this is completed you will be able to create amazing looks for a minimum of 4 days!
    • Purchase a quality shower cap - doing so will allow you the experience of a full shower and keeps your texture set intact
    • Use a dry shampoo such as Redken Powder Refresh 01 to deodorize your hair and remove excess oils
    • You can create amazing new looks every day with three times the volume and minimal styling time -- The Sam Villa Textur® Texturizing Iron is a must have if you are a hair fashionista (or even if you are hair-imparied)

Step 2: Section Your Top & Sides

  • Separate your fringe area by placing your index fingers at the corner of your eyes pointing up - this will outline the best place for your fringe area to be sectioned
  • You will now create a triangle section from the front (fringe area) to the back of your head (crown)
  • To section, pick up your Sam Villa Detangling Comb and comb the hair off the face at the recession area, letting it naturally split between the top and side sections -- this approach will give you a straight part every time

Step 3: French Braid Top Section

  • Begin your first French Braid in the top (center) section
  • Take a section of hair from the hairline and separate into three even sections
  • Place two strands in one hand and the third strand in your other hand
  • Create a few rows of a regular braid toward the back of your head by taking the strand on the right and crossing it over the center, then take a strand from the left and cross it back over the center
  • Now begin your French Braid: Before you cross a strand over to the opposite side, add a strand of hair from the loose pieces on the same side and include it when you cross over the center section
  • Repeat this process, adding a strand of hair to your outside strands before crossing the center section until you have braided down the entire length
  • Secure with an elastic

Step 4: French Braid Side Sections

  • Repeat the French Braid that you did in the center section on each side of your head
  • Braid down the entire length and secure with an elastic

Step 5: Braid Your Braids

  • Braid the three braids together and secure with an elastic
  • Tuck the ends to the back of your large braid and pin with some medium hairpins

Step 6: Roll & Tuck

  • Roll the braid under and tuck your end in
  • Use large hairpins and secure through your braids
  • HOT TIP:
    • When securing a shape with a hairpin begin by placing the pin thru the shape in the opposite direction, then secure it back toward the desired shape using a hook movement
    • This will allow for maximum tension and security

Try this at home and share your results on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #SamVillaHowTo.

Production Team: Geneva Cowen, Tina Calzaretta, Mary Urban, Rafa Bertelli and Jeremy McDougle

Photographer: Shalem Mathew

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Sam Villa

Motivating, creative, passionate, energetic, inspirational… these are just a few thoughts that come to mind at the mention of Sam Villa's name. Known as the hairdresser's hairdresser, Sam has been chosen as the industry's Favorite Platform Artist and Educator at the Stylist Choice Awards in 2007, 2011 and again in 2012. Sam possesses a unique blend of technical and artistic skills - and a contagious spirit that draws people in and makes them want to learn!