The half up pull thru braid; the braid that’s not really a braid, le faux braid. If you have a hard time with a regular three strand braid I highly recommend giving this a try. It’s such a cool concept and something that can transition into so many different looks and hairstyles. I have a bunch of different tutorials with this braid including a half up pictorial, french braid style, side braid, 3-strand version, and pull-thru bun updo. If you’ve already tried and loved this braid then what’s your favorite way to wear it? I’d love to know which version is your go-to!
5-7 clear elastic bands
1 1/4″ Curling iron
Half Up Pull Thru Braid Instructions:
Step 1 / Start by parting the hair on the right side.
Step 2 / Then divide off a small section on the left side and lay it over my head and clip it out of the way for later.
Step 3 / Pick up a new section of hair behind the first and tie it off with an elastic band.
Step 4 / Let down the first section clipped away and split it into two equal halves.
Step 5 / Wrap these two sections around the second section and then clip the second section out of the way.
Step 6 / Combine the two split sections back together again. Divide off a new section of hair from the top of the head and tie it all together with another elastic band.
Step 7 / Let down the first section, split it in half, wrap it around the second section and clip the second section up and out of the way.
Step 8 / Combine the two split pieces and add in a new section of hair. Then tie it all together with another elastic band.
Step 9 / Now repeat the same steps working towards the right side of the head.
Step 10 / Once hair is brought in from the right side of the head then stop creating new sections and go back over the braid pulling on the edges to make them wider and more full.
Step 11 / Then smooth down any flyaways with hairspray.
Summer is around the corner and I’ve been rounding up some great heatless hairstyles! I am planning to give up hot tools when the weather really heats up and this would be a great hairstyle to try. I love braiding my hair on day two or three because the texture is easier to work with after a little dusting of dry shampoo. This style takes less than 10 minutes to do and you can even switch out the fishtail braid for a regular one if you’re in a super rush. If you recreate this look I’d love to know in comments below!
Topsy Tail Fishtail Braid Instruction:
Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair where you normally prefer. Section off a portion of hair from the part down to the left ear.
Step 2 / Divide off a similar sized section on the right side of the head.
Step 3 / Bring the two sections to the back of the head and tie them together with an elastic band.
Step 4 / Flip the ends up and around the elastic to create a topsy tail.
Step 5 / Gently pull on the edges of the twists to make them fuller.
Step 6 / Pick up two new sections of hair and tie them together underneath the first.
Step 7 / Flip the ends up and around the elastic band to create a second topsy tail. Split the tail into two halves and pull in opposite directions to tighten the twist underneath the previous one.
Step 8 / Take the remaining hair and braid it into a fishtail braid.
Step 9 / Braid the hair to the bottom in a fishtail braid and tie off the end with an elastic band.
Step 10 / Pull on the sides of the fishtail braid to make it wider and more full. Then set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.
Now that summer is right around the corner I’ve been thinking of some new heatless hairstyles to feature. I recently wore my hair in this style and realized I didn’t have a tutorial for it. The one I do have that is slightly similar is a really elaborate hairstyle with a 4 strand waterfall braid and big elegant bun. I figured it’d be fun to show you a more “basic” everyday version of the style. I honestly feel like this hairstyle isn’t too exciting but hopefully you learned a few new techniques from it. Let me know what you think; I love to hear from you!
Step 1 / Start by creating a part on the right side.
Step 2 / Then pick up a small section on the heavy side of the part for the braid.
Step 3 / Divide this section into 4 pieces.
Step 4 / I’m going to number the strands 1-4 starting with the strand closest to the hairline as number one.
Step 5 / Take strand 4 and cross it under 3.
Step 6 / Then cross 3 over 2.
Step 7 / Cross 2 under 1.
Step 8 / Now take strand 3 and cross it over 2. Those are the steps so now just repeat them while adding in new hair to the outside strands.
Step 9 / So add in hair to strand four then cross it under 3.
Step 10 / Cross 3 over 2 and 2 under 1.
Step 11 / Add a new section into the new 2 strand, or add in hair to 1 before crossing it over 2.
Step 12 / Now continue the braid until it’s about an inch above the ear. Then braid the section to the ends without adding in new hair.
Step 13 / Criss-cross two bobby pins over the bottom so it doesn’t unravel.
Step 14 / Next divide off a small section on the right side of the head to add in later.
Step 15 / Now combine the rest of the hair together in a low ponytail.
Step 16 / Wrap a hair band over the hair and on the last wrap only pull the ponytail half way through to create a loop.
Step 17 / Take small sections of hair from the loop, bring them up to the head, and pin them in place with bobby pins.
Step 18 / Then combine the ends left sticking out, wrap them towards the hair band and tuck them in to form the bottom part of the bun.
Step 19 / Next pick up the section on the right side that was left out. Twist it together, pull on the top a little bit to make it bigger and then lay it over the top of the bun. Wrap the ends around the side and pinning it in place with bobby pins.
Step 20 / Now take the braid and gently pull on the sides to make it really wide and a lot bigger.
Step 21 / Then lay it over the bun, wrapping it around the side and pin it in place with bobby pins.
Step 22 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.
Prom is coming up and I’ve had so many requests for hair tutorials! I always post updos so I wanted to change things up and post something new. Last week I shared a simple half up style that I think would be so pretty for prom and today’s tutorial is this sideswept style! What other hairstyles would you love to see? I feel like I ask that a lot but I get so many good ideas whenever I do! Thanks so much for reading! xo, Missy
Step 1 / Start by parting the hair on the right side though you could part it on the left if you prefer that more.
Step 2 / Now divide off a section of hair at the middle of the back of the head and clip down the hair on both sides. We’re creating three braids so you just want to make sure to keep the hair separated.
Step 3 / At this point I went ahead and clipped in two hair extension wefts to add a bit of extra length and thickness to this hairstyle. You can still achieve this style without them so you can skip this step if you prefer.
Step 4 / Now divide off a section of hair at the crown and split this piece into three sections.
Step 5 / Begin a french braid by crossing the side strands over the middle strand while adding in hair on both sides.
Step 6 / Continue the french braid down the back of the head and stop bringing in new hair when it lines up with the ears.
Step 7 / Then braid a few more stitches of the braid and slide a bobby pin over the end so it doesn’t come loose.
Step 8 / Now create another french braid with the left section of hair. Add in new hair until it reaches the ear. Then braid a little further down and slide a bobby pin over the end.
Step 9 / Now create a third french braid down the right side of the head. Curve the braid around the nape of the neck, following under the middle braid.
Step 10 / Once hair is brought in from the left side, stop adding in new hair and just braid a few more stitches of the braid. Then slide a bobby pin over the end.
Step 11 / Now take the right braid and lay it over the middle braid.
Step 12 / Pin it in place with several bobby pins. You can use as many as you need for this because it’s important to make sure it feels nice and tight so it doesn’t fall loose.
Step 13 / Then take the left braid and lay it over the middle braid. Create a gap in the right braid and pull the left braid through the gap.
Step 14 / Then slide in a bobby pin so the braid stays in place.
Step 15 / Next take a small section of hair and wrap it around all of the hair.
Step 16 / Wrap a clear elastic band over all of the hair, including the ends of the wrapped piece. This is what will hold the wrapped piece in place as well as the rest of the hair so the braids don’t unravel.
Step 17 / Then gently loosen the wrapped piece so it’s softer and less obvious where it’s been tied.
Step 18 / Spray the style with a medium-hold hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
Ponytails are such a great go-to hairstyle. They’re quick, easy, and get all of your hair up and out of the way. I really, really love them. In fact, I find myself wearing them way more often than I’d like to admit.
A few weeks back I posted a picture of this hairstyle on instagram and received so many requests for a tutorial. I thought I’d quickly throw one together and while I recreating it, realized I was feeling a lot more pressure to make it cleaner than I had for the instagram pic. I always feel like I can make an instagram pic more breezy and loose but that’s what’s so great about hair! It’s so easy to slightly alter a look to make it fit your own personal style. Whether it’s smooth and sleek or casual and carefree, it can be tweaked to fit whatever vibe you’re going for that day.
Prep: I curled all of my hair with a 1 1/4″ curling iron before starting and added in 4 single clip extensions.
Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair where your normally prefer; mine is slightly off-center towards the left. Next divide off a triangle shape section from the part about an inch above the left ear. Twist this section together towards the back of the head.
Step 2 / Now divide off a similar size section on the right side of the head. Twist the section together and bring it towards the back of the head. This can be kind of tricky but it’s doable with concentration.
Step 3 / Tie the two twists together with a clear elastic band.
Step 4 / Now flip the tail up and around the elastic band to tighten the twists. Then go back over them, gently pulling on the twists to make them a little fuller. You can go nuts and make them more big and loose if you’d like.
Step 5 / Combine the rest of the hair together and tie it into a ponytail with a hair band, directly underneath the flipped section.
Step 6 / Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hair band. Pin it in place with a bobby pin.
Step 7 / Extra step: I back combed the base of my ponytail to make it fuller and set everything with hairspray.