Learn How to Draw Three Different Types of Braids: Three-Strand, French, and Fishtail

How to Draw a Braid

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The way we wear our hair says a lot about our personality and style. This also applies to drawing illustrations of people. In fact, an easy way to distinguish your character in a crowd is by sketching their hair in a unique or noticeable way. If rendering hair intimidates you, don't worry. Like any new artistic subject, the key is to take it step by step.

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to draw three different types of braids: three-strand, French, and fishtail. All you'll need to get started is some reference photos of these hairstyles, a pencil, an eraser, a pen, and paper. Ready to get started? Then let's draw a braid!

 

Learn how to draw three types of braids step by step

 

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How to Draw a Three-Strand Braid

 

Step 1: Sketch three sections of hair

How to Draw a Three Strand Braid

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Starting above the ears, divide the hair into three sections. Then, merge the two side sections in the back.

 

Step 2: Continue intertwining sections of hair

How to Draw a Three Strand Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Next, add two more sections below, making sure to intersect one into the other.

 

Step 3: Continue drawing sections of the braid

How to Draw a Three Strand Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Continue adding sections to the braid in the same way to make it longer. As you go further down, these sections should start to look marginally smaller.

 

Step 4: Finish off the braid

How to Draw a Three Strand Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

When you reach the end of the braid, it should be at its narrowest, so tie it off with a hairband. Then, add a wisp of hair popping out of it.

 

Step 5: Add detail to the hair

How to Draw a Three Strand Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

To make this braid look more realistic, you'll need to add some texture. So, sketch some lines in the same direction as how the hair is being pulled. Depending on how naturalistic you want your hairstyle to look, you may want to spend a considerable amount of time on this.

 

Step 7: Go over the drawing in ink

How to Draw a Three Strand Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Finally, when you're done with your drawing, it's time to go over it in ink. Using your favorite pen, slowly trace over the pencil lines. To ensure that you don't accidentally smear any ink as you go, place a scrap piece of paper underneath your drawing hand. Then, after waiting ample time for the ink to dry, erase any remaining pencil marks.

Congrats! You've successfully drawn a three-strand braid.

 

How to Draw a French Braid

 

Step 1: Sketch three sections of hair

How to Draw a French Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

First, lightly sketch three sections of hair at the top of the head. Then, merge the two side sections at the center.

 

Step 2: Add more sections of hair

How to Draw a French Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Next, add two intersecting sections of hair below, in the same style as the three-section braid. Afterward, pull two more sections of hair from the side as you did in Step 1. You will continue this process until you reach the end of the hairline.

 

Step 3: Continue building the braid

How to Draw a French Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Once you finished pulling hair from the head, you will create a braid in the same way as you did for the three-strand style—drawing two thick sections of hair intersecting near the center.

 

Step 4: Finish the hairstyle

How to Draw a French Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

When you reach the end of the braid, it should be at its narrowest, so tie it off with a hairband. Then, add a wisp of hair popping out of it.

 

Step 5: Add detail to the hair

How to Draw a French Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

To make this braid look more realistic, you'll need to add some texture. So, sketch some lines in the same direction as how the hair is being pulled. Depending on how naturalistic you want your hairstyle to look, you may want to spend a considerable amount of time on this.

 

Step 6: Going over the drawing in ink

How to Draw a French Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Finally, when you're done with your drawing, it's time to go over it in ink. Using your favorite pen, slowly trace over the pencil lines. To ensure that you don't accidentally smear any ink as you go, place a scrap piece of paper underneath your drawing hand. Then, after waiting ample time for the ink to dry, erase any remaining pencil marks.

Congrats! You've successfully drawn a French braid.

 

How to Draw a Fishtail Braid

 

Step 1: Draw two sections of hair

How to Draw a Fishtail Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Begin by sketching two thin sections of hair above the ears. Merge these pieces together at the center

 

Step 2: Continue adding sections of hair

How to Draw a Fishtail Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Using the hairline as a general guide, continue to create thin sections that unite at the center.

 

Step 3: Build the braid

How to Draw a Fishtail Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Continue adding sections to the braid in the same way to make it longer. As you go further down, these sections should start to look marginally smaller.

 

Step 4: Finish the hairstyle

How to Draw a Fishtail Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

When you reach the end of the braid, it should be at its narrowest, so tie it off with a hairband. Then, add a wisp of hair popping out of it.

 

Step 5: Add detail to the braid

How to Draw a Fishtail Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

To make this braid look more realistic, you'll need to add some texture. So, sketch some lines in the same direction as how the hair is being pulled. Depending on how naturalistic you want your hairstyle to look, you may want to spend a considerable amount of time on this.

 

Step 6: Going over the drawing in ink

How to Draw a Fishtail Braid

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Finally, when you're done with your drawing, it's time to go over it in ink. Using your favorite pen, slowly trace over the pencil lines. To ensure that you don't accidentally smear any ink as you go, place a scrap piece of paper underneath your drawing hand. Then, after waiting ample time for the ink to dry, erase any remaining pencil marks.

Congrats! You've successfully drawn a fishtail braid.

 

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.

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