This hairstyle is perfect if you love a peppy ponytail but want to try something a little new. The braids on both sides are actually a waterfall braid and french braid which makes creating them an absolute breeze if you already love doing those. It’s actually the same technique as seen in this recent tutorial. Braiding them really closely together and then strategically pulling out the edges creates an intricate woven effect that makes the braids look more difficult than they actually are.
For a similar style be sure and check out the Double Woven Headband Headband Braid, which is a waterfall dutch braid and dutch braid combination.
To see more ponytail hairstyles be sure and visit my Ponytails page under the Hair Menu at the top of the page.
Woven Ponytail Tutorial Steps:
- With a part on the left side, separate the hair down the back of the head so it creates a left and right side.
- Tie off the right side so it’s out of the way to work on the left side first.
- Take a 3″ section of hair, next to the part, and divide it into three pieces for a waterfall braid.
- Cross the side strands over the middle, one at a time, starting with the back strand.
- Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair, incorporating it into the crossed strand.
- Drop down the front strand and bring in a section of hair from directly underneath it, crossing it over the middle section as a replacement piece.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the braid reaches the part at the back of the head.
- Braid the rest of the hair down into a regular braid, tie it off with an elastic, and pin it out of the way.
- Next, pick up a section of hair, near the face, underneath the waterfall braid, and divide it into three pieces with the first waterfall strand as one piece.
- Cross the back strand over the middle then cross the front strand over the middle.
- Cross the back strand over the middle again and incorporate the next waterfall strand to create a french braid.
- Cross the bottom strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair like you would for a regular french braid.
- Continue braiding the hair until it reaches the back, middle part again, keeping the braids close together so it creates a woven effect.
- Once it reaches the part, braid the hair down into a regular braid and tie it off with a clear elastic band similarly to the first braid.
- Now let down the hair on the right side and repeat steps 3 through 14 with the hair on that side.
- When all the hair is braided, wrap everything up into a ponytail and pull out the little elastic bands from the individual braids.
- Gently pull on the edges of all the braids so they appear thicker and more combined.
- Take a piece of hair from underneath the ponytail, wrap it around the hair band, and secure it underneath the ponytail with a hair pin.
- Grab a curling iron and curl the ends of the ponytail.
- Then finish with a few spritzes of hairspray to hold everything in place.