I am so excited about today’s tutorial because this Triple French Braid Double Waterfall braid is one of my absolute favorites. I know it looks super tricky but I promise you it is not as difficult as it looks. A few years ago, I featured this braid as an updo and wanted to revamp it into a new style that would be fresh and fun for the new year. Since half up mini buns are so trendy I thought this version would be perfect for updating your everyday mini bun. I hope you love it as much as I do! Be sure to share it with a friend who would love it too!

Triple French Braid Double Waterfall Mini Bun Supplies:

  • Rattail comb
  • 2 Hair sectioning clips
  • 6 Bobby pins
  • 2 Clear elastic bands

Triple French Braid Double Waterfall Mini Bun Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by dividing off the top section of hair from the hairline back to the crown. Clip down the hair on the left and right side to keep it separated.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a small section of hair in the middle section and divide it into three sections.
  • Step 3 / Begin a regular braid crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left strand over the middle.
  • Step 4 / Now begin creating a waterfall braid on both sides by first dropping down the right strand and picking up a new section in its place, crossing it over the middle.
  • Step 5 / Then drop down the left strand, picking up a new section of hair crossing it over the middle in place of the dropped piece.
  • Step 6 / Continue the braid, creating waterfall sections on both sides and braiding the entire middle section back to the crown of the head.
  • Step 7 / When the braid reaches the crown, create a few more stitches of a regular braid. Then criss cross two bobby pins over the end of the braid so it doesn’t unravel.
  • Step 8 / Next create french braids on both sides of the middle braid so start by picking up a section of hair on the left side and dividing it into three sections.
  • Step 9 / Begin a regular braid crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left.
  • Step 10 / Then start incorporating the waterfall pieces into the braid without adding in any new hair to the bottom side of the braid.
  • Step 11 / When the last waterfall piece is brought into the braid, braid the section a little further down and criss-cross two bobby pins over the end.
  • Step 12 / Now create a second french braid incorporating the waterfall pieces into the braid and working upwards at a diagonal towards the end of the first, middle braid.
  • Step 13 / When all three braids are done, wrap an elastic band around the ends and remove the bobby pins.
  • Step 14 / Tie the ponytail into a mini bun by wrapping a second elastic band half way over the ponytail. Then twist the elastic band with the left hand and grip the bun with the same hand. Wrap the ends of the hair around the front of the bun with the left hand and wrap the elastic band once more over the bun.
  • Step 15 / Pull on the edges to make the bun a little bigger and then combine the ends and loop them back towards the bun, tucking them into the elastic band.


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If you’ve been stuck in a hairstyle rut then you are going to love this triple bubble ponytail. It’s simple and stylish and works even better on second or third day hair. This can definitely be done in under 10 minutes so even if you’ve got a super busy day you can still have cute hair! My favorite thing is that it would work so great as a workout/gym hairstyle too! Keep it in and run right out afterwards to get your errands done, double win!

Triple Bubble Ponytail Supplies:

  • Paddle brush
  • 8 Hair elastics
  • 1″ Curling iron

Triple Bubble Ponytail Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Brush through the hair to remove any tangles. Divide off a section of hair at the crown and tie it off with a clear elastic band. Cover the elastic band with a section of hair and secure it with another band.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a new section of hair and tie it to the first ponytail.
  • Step 3 / Gently pull on the hair between the two elastic bands to create the first bubble of the ponytail. Take a small section from the ponytail, covering the elastic band, and tying it with a second elastic.
  • Step 4 / Pick up the remaining hair and combine it with the previous ponytail. Tie it all together with another elastic.
  • Step 5 / Now carefully pull on the edges to make the second bubble bigger so it’s easier to see. Then wrap a small section of hair around the elastic band and tie a second elastic over it.
  • Step 6 / Tie another elastic band over the ponytail a few inches down to create the last bubble. Pull on the edges to make the bubble a little bigger. Then wrap a section of hair around the elastic and tie a second elastic over the top.
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