I’ve been seeing this stacked fishtail and mini braid combo everywhere! Since it’s always in the back of my mind I thought it’d be fun to share how I would style it. Headband braids are such a great way to add a little something extra to your favorite curls or waves. For this look I decided to flat iron mine and really love how easily it dressed up my straight locks. This type of braid would also transition easily into a handful of other hairstyles. If there’s another version that you’d love to see in a tutorial then be sure to let me know in the comments section below!
Combination braids will forever be a favorite of mine. I recently did this style and posted a snap on instagram with enough requests for a tutorial that I thought I’d quickly throw one together for you. This combination of French braid and lace braid can be simple to recreate once you see how they’re broken down into steps. If you love tutorials like this one then be sure to let me know in the comment section!
Step 1 / Begin with a part on the right side. Then divide off a 1-2″ section of hair on the left side, near the hairline, and clip away the back hair.
Step 2 / Braid this section in a french braid by crossing the side strands over the middle strand and then bringing in new sections of hair.
Step 3 / Continue the french braid down the left side until it reaches the top of the ear. Then braid the section a little further down and criss-cross two bobby pins over the ends to keep the braid from unraveling.
Step 4 / Next create a second braid behind this first one but only add in new sections to the left side of the braid creating a lace braid.
Step 5 / Continue the braid keeping it close to the first one, braiding down towards the left ear and securing the end by criss-crossing two more bobby pins.
Step 6 / Now create a third braid on the right side of the head. I started it like a french braid and then switched to a lace braid after two cross-overs.
Step 7 / Next bring all the hair together at the nape of the neck.
Step 8 / Wrap a hair band once over all of the hair. Then twist the band once more over the right hand and use the left to spread the ponytail upwards around the hair band. Then pull the hair band over the hair, twist it with the left hand and wrap it a third time to create the base of the bun.
Step 9 / Combine the ends sticking out and tuck them back into the hair band to form another loop.
Step 10 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
The pull-through braid is about to be your new favorite braid. It’s so easy because get this, it’s not actually a braid. I know, it completely changes the braiding game because you can master it faster than any “braid” you’ve ever seen. If you love this style then you won’t want to miss the French braid version and the Half Up version or even the 3 Strand version! Happy January, anybody else ready to hibernate until Spring? xo, Missy
One of my favorite hair tutorials is the Double Braided Ponytail. It looks like such an intricate braid but is actually two braids in one. It got me thinking though, what if it was just one braid? That’s where this braid came from. It looks like a four strand braid but I did both of them side by side and they are definitely not the same. This one has a more woven look and needless to say, I am really excited about it.
Hair is just my jam and when a bout of creativity sneaks in and I can create a braid that feels a little different from other things I’ve done then it just reminds me how much I really enjoy doing this. I love doing hair, making tutorials, creating fun and unique styles that other people can recreate on their own.
A small part of me keeps whispering that this has probably been done before and I wouldn’t be surprised if it has because that’s often the case. For now though I’ll just be over here, grinning from ear to ear, hoping you really love this tutorial as much as I do. Thanks so much reading. xo, Missy
Step 1 / Begin by creating a deep side part on the right side.
Step 2 / Pick up a section on the heavy side of the part and split this into three sections. Add some braid paste to the section to help control flyaways.
Step 3 / Start a regular braid by crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left strand.
Step 4 / Take the right strand and clip this out of the way.
Step 5 / Pick up a new section and cross it over the middle in the place of the strand that was clipped away.
Step 6 / Cross the left strand over the middle and bring in a new section. This side of the braid is done like a regular french braid.
Step 7 / Bring down the strand that was clipped away and switch it with the new right strand, bringing the top strand under the bottom one.
Step 8 / Clipping the second strand (now above the other strand) up and out of the way.
Step 9 / Cross the new right strand over the middle and pick up a new section of hair crossing it over the middle as well, just like a french braid.
Step 10 / Now with the left side, cross the side strand over the middle and bring in a new section of hair.
Step 11 / With the right side, bring down the top clipped piece, cross it underneath the bottom piece and wrap the bottom piece up, clipping it away. Essentially you are switching these two side strands but the top one always needs to go under the bottom one.
Step 12 / Cross the new side strand over the middle and cross a new section into the braid.
Step 13 / Continue the braid working down towards the left ear and stop adding in hair once it’s about an inch above the ear.
Step 14 / Braid the section a little further down and tie it off with an elastic band.
Step 15 / Go back through the braid, carefully pulling on the edges to make it fuller. I love doing this so the braid looks bigger and is easier to see.
Step 16 / Wrap the braid around the head, and pick up a small section of hair underneath the hair at the crown.
Step 17 / Tie this little section to the braid to secure it against the head. The hair on top will hide the elastic band and will hold better than using bobby pins.
Step 18 / Remove the elastic band from the end of the braid and unravel it.
Step 19 / Grab a flat iron and smooth down the hair if desired.
Step 20 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.
For the Ponytail:
Step 1 / With the braid done and tied off, bring all of the hair together right above the nape of the neck.
Step 2 / Add the braid into the ponytail last so it doesn’t get buried underneath other hair.
Step 3 / Tie the hair together into a ponytail with a hair band.
Step 4 / Remove the elastic band from the end of the braid.
Step 5 / Wrap a piece of hair from the ponytail around the hair band to hide it and tie another elastic band over the ponytail to keep the wrapped section from coming undone.
Step 6 / Straighten the ponytail with a flat iron and set the style with hairspray.
It’s officially 2017 so I wanted to do a quick roundup of the most popular posts from 2016! I always love to see which hairstyles end up being the favorites. It helps me plan new tutorials but it also makes all the work and effort worthwhile knowing you are enjoying the tutorials and posts on this blog. It’ll forever be my little corner of the internet and I love it just as much as the first day I decided to hit publish on my very first post. Here’s to another great year of hairstyles and fun adventures! Happy New Year!