I am flattered that the response is so great on the French Braid Updo.
Here is a series of steps in photos that hopefully sheds some light on how to do it.
Brush your hair. If it goes big, that's OK! Better actually.
*For curly hair, don't brush it, just run your fingers through your hair.
Start slight off centre of your crown. I started on the left. Break the section into 3 to start the braid.
Braid slightly diagonally towards your ear.
Curve back from your ear and braid in the same manner to the other side.
Keep braiding as per above back and forth until you run out of hair. Tuck up ends and pin.
Let me know if this a) helps or b) confuses more.
Even though I've been a hairstylist for 20 years, I swear you can do this if you can master a French braid.
TIP: Next time you see your hairstylist, ask her to watch how you French braid and correct any mistakes you may have.
I know, this just may be the Rubik's Cube of hairstyling. Sorry. :)