I have been all about the heatless hairstyles lately and wore this one a few days ago. I randomly remembered this old looped braid tutorial and decided to throw the rest of my hair up into a messy bun. Of course, I loved the hairstyle so much I thought it’d be fun to share as a tutorial. After finishing filming I saw that I already had a similar tutorial, this Looped Braid Updo. The older version is from a few years ago and is way more intricate than this style so I thought it’d be fun to share an updated version.
I’m not sure if prom season is already past but this style or the more intricate version would be so perfect for the occasion. What do you think though? Would you wear this as an everyday hairstyle or save it for a special occasion?
Step 1 / Begin by creating a part on the right side.
Step 2 / Then pick up a section of hair on the left side and divide it into three smaller pieces.
Step 3 / Begin a regular braid by crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left strand over the middle.
Step 4 / Create one more cross over bringing in a new section of hair on both sides.
Step 5 / Then cross the right strand over the middle and add in a new section of hair.
Step 6 / Now begin creating the sections for the loops so split the left strand in half and cross one half over the middle strand into the braid while leaving down the other half.
Step 7 / Then add in a new section of hair from under the braid.
Step 8 / Repeat steps 5-7 until there are four strands hanging down.
Step 9 / Once there are four strands hanging down begin bringing them into the braid, one at a time, instead of adding in hair from underneath like before.
Step 10 / So bring the first strand into the braid and repeating the previous steps, cross the right strand over the middle, and bring in a new section of hair.
Step 11 / Now s the left strand into two sections, crossing one over the middle into the braid, leaving the other half hanging down. Then pick up the next hanging section and cross it into the braid as well.
Step 12 / Then repeat these steps continuing the braid, adding in the hanging pieces to create loops until the braid reaches around the head.
Step 13 / Now braid the section a little further down and cross two bobby pins over the ends so it doesn’t unravel. Then clip the braid out of the way.
Step 14 / Next combine the remaining hair together at the nape of the neck and wrap a hair band once over the hair.
Step 15 / Then twist the hair band over your dominant hand and spread the ponytail around the hair band to form a donut shape.
Step 16 / Wrap the hair band twice more over the donut to create the base of the bun.
Step 17 / Pull on the edges of the bun to make it a little bigger and this will also tighten it against the head.
Step 18 / Now take the ends, loop them back towards the top of the bun, and tuck them into the hair band.
Step 19 / Let down the braid and wrap it around the bun, clock-wise, pinning it in place with bobby pins so it doesn’t come loose.
Step 20 / Set the style with hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
Summer is coming up quick and I’ve been compiling some great ideas for heatless hairstyles. I recently posted a bunch of pictures on Snapchat asking which ones you guys would like to see as a tutorial. This one got a bunch of votes and I was so glad because it was one of my favorites.
I feel like this style has such a boho vibe and I love how intricate it looks. Of course, once it’s broken down into steps it’s definitely doable and perfect for Coachella season which is happening right now! Even if you’re not going it’s always a good idea to wear a cute hairstyle even if it’s just for fun! I hope you enjoy my recreation of the hairstyle! Be sure to let me know if you recreate this look or create your own variation of it!
Step 1 / For this hairstyle start by parting the hair on the right side.
Step 2 / Now divide out a small section of hair on the heavy side of the part, near the middle, and braid this into a regular three strand braid. Then criss-cross two bobby pins over the bottom and clip it out of the way.
Step 3 / Next create a dutch fishtail braid, under the previous braid, bringing in sections and continuing it down the left side of the head until it reaches the left ear.
Step 4 / Then braid the section a little further down before going back over the braid, pulling on the edges to make it wider and more full. Criss-cross two bobby pins over the ends so it doesn’t unravel.
Step 5 / Now let down the 3-strand braid and lay this down the center of the fishtail braid.
Step 6 / Then tuck the braid through the fishtail braid so the ends come out underneath it.
Step 7 / Now wrap the braid around the back of the head, pin it in place with bobby pins, and remove the criss-crossed ones.
Step 8 / Next divide off a small section of hair from the right side of the head. Twist this together and lay it over the ends of the fishtail braid, pinning it in place.
Step 9 / Now create a series of topsy tails so divide off a small section of hair from the right and left side of the head and tie them together with a clear elastic band.
Step 10 / Then flip the tail around the elastic band so the sides become twisted. Then tighten it underneath the braid and gently loosen the edges of the twist so it shows up a little better.
Step 11 / Now create one more topsy tail with the hair at the nape of the neck. Tying it off with an elastic band, flipping the ends around the elastic and then pulling on the edges to make the twists fuller.
Step 12 / Then create two or three more topsy tails working down the remaining hair. You can create as many or as few topsy tails as you’d like. I like to leave a bit of hair at the ends but you can going all the way to the bottom if you prefer.
Who’s ready for a 3-in-1 tutorial?! I really love these because they give you a bunch of different hairstyle ideas for a bunch of different days. I actually posted a picture of this double dutch braided headband on instagram over a year ago, gasp! It’s literally taken me forever to film and post a tutorial for it. I really love it though and would definitely say all three versions of this style are my favorite. Which one do you like best? Do you love these 3-in-1 tutorials as much as I do? xo, Missy
P.s. I’m currently listening to “We can hurt together” by Sia and totally loving it (:
Step 1 / Start by parting the hair on the right side.
Step 2 / Then create another part about 2” back from the hairline down to the left ear and clip off the back section.
Step 3 / Pick up a small section of hair near the part and split this into three small pieces for the braid.
Step 4 / Begin a dutch braid by crossing the side strands under the middle strand.
Step 5 / Continue the braid down to the temple incorporating new sections into the braid.
Step 6 / Once the braid reaches the temple, stop adding in new sections and just continue the braid down to the ends.
Step 7 / Then criss-cross two bobby pins over the bottom so it doesn’t unravel.
Step 8 / Let down the hair previously clipped up and divide out a similar sized section for the second braid.
Step 9 / This braid is identical to the first so repeat the previous steps creating a second dutch braid, incorporating hair into the braid, until it reaches the temple.
Step 10 / Then stop adding in new sections and braid the rest of the section to the bottom in a regular three-strand braid.
Step 11 / Once both braids are done go back over them and pull on the edges to make them wider.
Step 12 / Then bring the braids together and pin them against the head right above the left ear. I made sure to lay them underneath the hair from the crown which will help hide the ends of the braids where they’re pinned.
Step 13 / Now remove the bobby pins from the ends of the braids and unravel the ends.
Step 14 / Now go back over them again, making them even wider to better help hide the gap in between them.
Double Dutch Braids Ponytail Instructions:
Step 1 / After finishing both braids combine the rest of the hair together where you’d like your ponytail to sit.
Step 2 / Then add the braids into the ponytail so they don’t get buried under other hair
Step 3 / Now tie it all together with a hair band.
Step 4 / Then remove the bobby pins from the ends of the braids and unravel them.
Step 5 / To finish this style, wrap a small section of hair around the hair band and secure it underneath with a bobby pin. You can also use a small elastic band which works just as well.
Double Dutch Braids Low Bun Instructions:
Step 1 / Once both braids are done, combine all of the hair together at the nape of the neck.
Step 2 / Then remove the bobby pins from the ends of the braids.
Step 3 / With the hair band over the right hand, wrap it once over the ponytail.
Step 4 / Then twist it over the right hand again.
Step 5 / Now spread the ponytail around the hair band, basically finding the center of the ponytail.
Step 6 / Then wrap the hair band over this base, twist it again and wrap it a second time.
Step 7 / Now pull on the edges of this base making it bigger until you like the size.
Step 8 / Pick up the ends that are left sticking out and split it into two sections.
Step 9 / Loop each section back towards the top of the bun and tuck it into the elastic band.
Step 10 / Loosen the hair at the crown to add volume and then play around with the bun until you like the way it looks.
Shop the supplies from Double Dutch Braids 3 Ways:
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.