Braid Wrapped Criss-Cross Ponytail

Braid Wrapped Criss-Cross Ponytail

When the weather is hot outside, there’s nothing better than tying those tresses into a ponytail. It gets it up off the neck and out of the way.

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This tutorial will teach you a pretty new way to dress up that boring ponytail. Like many hairstyles, this looks trickier than it actually is. There is no intricate braiding involved and once you see how it’s broken down into steps I know you will love how easy it is to recreate.

Braid Wrapped Criss-Cross Ponytail

Braid Wrapped Criss-Cross Ponytail


Braid Wrapped Criss-Cross Ponytail

Braid Wrapped Criss-Cross Ponytail


  • Step 1 / Brush through the hair to remove any tangles. Then add in some extensions for extra thickness if so desired.
  • Step 2 / Part the hair where you prefer; mine is on the right side.
  • Step 3 / Divide off a 2″ section of hair from the part down to the top of left ear.
  • Step 4 /Braid this section into a regular three strand braid.
  • Step 5 / Gently pull on the edges to create a fuller, flatter braid.
  • Step 6 / Tie off the end with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 7 / Repeat steps 3-6 above with a similar sized section of hair on the right side.
  • Step 8 / Cross the braid from the left over the back of the head and pin it in place with several bobby pins.
  • Step 9 / Place the braid from the right side of the head underneath the first braid and pin it place like before.
  • Step 10 / Divide the remaining hair into three sections, behind each ear and at the back of the head with the back most section being the largest.
  • Step 11 / Tie the section in the middle into a low ponytail.
  • Step 12 / Divide the section on the right into two equal sections.
  • Step 13 / Wrap the back-most half over the ponytail and once around the band.
  • Step 14 / Pin the section by criss-crossing two bobby pins underneath the ponytail, against the head.
  • Step 15 / Take the section from the left side, lay it over the ponytail, wrapping it once around, and pinning it in place like in the previous step.
  • Step 16 / With the last remaining section on the right, lay it over the ponytail, wrapping it once around, and wrap the ponytail, including the ends from the wrapped pieces, with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 17 / Divide the ponytail into two halves and pulling them away from each other, pushing the elastic band towards the head and tightening the ponytail. This will hold it all in place.
  • Step 18 / Mist the style with a firm hold hairspray and smooth down any stray hairs.


  1. December 8, 2015 / 8:28 PM

    Wow! I am in love with your braid tutorials!! I just wrote my first ever tutorial on a few braids I like and found it so difficult to describe the steps. Love how you break it down. As soon as I post this comment I will be following on instagram and pinning my favorites! Great work!

  2. Olivia
    August 9, 2015 / 8:41 AM

    Hi, love this style.
    I’m looking into hair extensions and they are an investment. What do you recommend as a I am quite new to them.

    • January 24, 2016 / 8:02 PM

      I would definitely recommend the clip-in variety since they are easy to put on and take off and also work well with many different hairstyles ((:

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