We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are English Braids?

By Tara Barnett
Updated May 21, 2024
Our promise to you
BeautyAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At BeautyAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

An English braid, also called a basic braid, is the simplest form of three-strand braids. This hairstyle involves gathering the hair to be braided together into one bunch, dividing that bunch into three sections, and alternating moving the sections on the right and left over the middle section. The outer section that was moved becomes the new middle section, and the process continues on the opposite side. English braids typically begin at the nape of the neck, but are commonly modified into a side braid or pigtails. This braiding technique is used in a number of more complex braids and can be considered the basic building block of many hairstyles.

When making an English braid, the outer sections of hair may be braided under or over the middle section without drastically changing the look of the braid. Instructions typically recommend going over the top of the middle section. Some people normally braid over the middle section when braiding other people's hair, but then braid their own hair going under it. This is often the case when people braid their hair with their arms over their head or at an odd angle, as is often necessary when reaching behind one's back to begin the braid at the nape of the neck.

Other three-strand plaits, such as the French braid, are different from English braids in how the hair is gathered at the braid's starting point. While French and Dutch braids gradually incorporate small pieces of hair into the plait, English braids incorporate the entire section of hair to be braided at the beginning. All three-strand braids utilize the basic technique of English braids because there are no other ways to combine three strands into a braid.

A hair tie is typically used in everyday situations to secure English braids. The ends of the braid can also be folded into the braid itself and secured with a bobby pin. Some people have hair that tapers toward its ends, and these people can braid their hair in such a way that the hair secures itself. In this case, the hair is braided all the way to the tips and the braiding itself holds the hair in place. An English braid need only be as long as the wearer desires, and can be tied off at any point.

The tightness of the braid is determined by the tension at which the hair is held during braiding. If the hair is held taut during the braiding process, the braid will be somewhat firm and remain flat. If the hair is held loosely, the braid will be softer and will round out slightly. By modifying tension, one can change the look and potential uses of the braid. Between hair decorations and slight modifications of technique, English braids can be transformed into an appropriate hairstyle for almost any occasion.

BeautyAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.