I seem to really be getting into the faux-hawk looks as of late, so note that next week I will be sure to do something a bit different just to change it up a bit. The key to getting this braid nice and fluffy is, as usual, having second or third day hair which will hold the style but still be clean enough to product lots of volume in the braid. The other star tool of this style is to have numerous clear, small plastic elastics on hand as this “braid” is actually a series of ponytails done in a French style.
The really great thing about this particular style is you can play around with it even if you have very little hair, as the elastics will hold even short hair in place.
Braid Bar Box
I’ve added a new product to my website which I think you will all really like – the Braid Bar Box.
This particular style uses just about everything included in the box: dry shampoo, finishing spray, and hairspray (all with suncare for your hair), a strong rattail comb, and a generous pile of bobby pins and elastics. For this look, you'll want numerous clear elastics, the rattail comb, the dry shampoo if you need to add texture, and the hairspray to hold everything in place. You will also need one hair clip of any variety, but if you don’t have one, a bobby pin will work as well – just be careful not to pull out the braid when you remove the pin intermittently.
Step-by-step Instructions (with Pictures) on the Pull-Through Braid
- Section off a small piece from the front of your head, lined up from the middle of your eyebrows or narrower, like you would for a simple French braid.
- Using a clear elastic ponytail holder, incorporate the section, pushing up into a little poof if you’d like (you can tease the hair or spray it with a little dry shampoo). It isn’t too important to get this totally perfect as you will be finishing it later.
- Gather a section of hair from directly behind the first ponytail of around the same size. Attach a second clear elastic to the second section, directly behind the first in the center of your head.
- Separate out the first ponytail into two even sections and split to surround the second ponytail.
- Clip the second ponytail forward.
- Gather addition sections of hair from the right and left side of your head, behind the first two ponytails and add to the sections you have pulled back (the original first ponytail). Attach with a third elastic band. When adding new sections, use a comb to smooth the sections back and prevent bumps
- Unclip the second ponytail. Separate out the ponytail which was previously clipped into two sections and pull the third ponytail forward and clip.
- Gather another section from each side of your head and gather along with the two sections from the second ponytail. Attach the whole gathered section with another ponytail.
- Continue unclipping the forward ponytail, surround the newer ponytail, clipping the forward ponytail, gathering more hair from either side, attaching another elastic until you’ve reached the bottom of your head.
- At this point, you can unclip the top ponytail, surround the bottom ponytail, and just attach an elastic around the whole thing, or continue along with the same method down to the end of the ponytail without adding additional hair.
- The top will look something like this:
- Spray some finishing spray or dry shampoo for added grip, and starting from the top, gently pull each side of each section of the braid out. If you have short hair or lots of layers, be sure to take care to very gently pull on the sides, or even pull after you’ve attached the next elastic as you go.
- Spray the final look and you’re done!