I am loving all the pull through braids I've been spying on Pinterest! This faux-braid is actually created with a series of ponytails pulled though each other to look like a woven plait. The technique is simple and can be used to create some dramatic styles with lots of volume. I've seen the pull through braid styled a number of ways including voluminous single braids and faux hawks. Alas, these looks work best on hair that is long and thick and my lob doesn't do them justice.
Determined to find away to incorporate the pretty plait into a hairstyle that suits my mid-length hair, I created this French-style pull through braid updo. Dividing my hair into two halves and incorporating hair as I work helps keep my shorter lengths in line for a loose but defined braid. Success! The step-by-step tutorial is below.
Pinned Up Pull Through Braids
For this tutorial, you will need:
comb for sectioning (optional)
styling product (optional if hair is dirty; essential if hair is clean)
small hair elastic bands
1. Part your hair down the center to create two roughly even sides. This does not need to be perfect - use your hand mirror and comb if you want, or don't. Clip one side out of the way.
Note: If you hair is clean, do yourself a solid and add some product. Any texturizing product, pomade, styling cream, wax, or even dry shampoo will do. Clean hair is slippery and uncooperative.
2. Take a small section from the top on the un-clipped side and tie it into a small ponytail using a small hair elastic. I like to get my tiny elastics at dollar stores but you can also find them at any beauty supply store or Amazon. If you don't want them to stand out, it's best to find bands that match your haircolor or are clear.
3. Gather another section across the same side and tie a second ponytail under the first.
4. Divide the top ponytail in half.
5. Pull the second ponytail up through the split and clip it up out of the way.
6. Pick up another section from that side, incorporate the ends from the first ponytail and tie a third ponytail.
7. Release the second ponytail and divide it in two.
8. Pull the third ponytail up through the split and clip it up out of the way. Tie the next ponytail, incorporating the ends from the second ponytail. Get it? Keep going...
9. When you reach your nape and there is no more hair left to incorporate, just tie ends from the previous ponytail together.
10. Stretch the braid wider by gently pulling both sides apart. It's ok to tug a bit. This is the step that gives the braid volume and a loose, messy vibe.
11. Repeat on the other side.
12. Wrap the ends around your fingers into a little mini bun.
13. Secure them in place with bobby pins. Be sure to cross your pins for added strength. Use a hand mirror to check your work and make adjustments, if necessary.