A three-fer?! I wanted to do a tutorial on just a three strand braid, but figured I would throw in the four and five stranders too! They do get more complicated but just try to think of it as only the outside two strands moving and doing a lot of over unders (anyone want to count how many times I say over or under?……)
Three strand: 0:25
Four strand: 1:12
Five strand: 2:50
How feminine and pretty is this style? I curled my hair beforehand (using this tutorial for tighter curls or this for looser waves) which I think adds a lot to the mermaidy-ness of it, but the fishtail and twist make it like the prettiest prom or wedding style ever. I feel like if I want a hairstyle that everyone is always impressed with, I always go for a dutch fishtail… It is so funny how big this braid looks but before I pull it apart it is like the tiniest thing. Do you guys pull all of your braids apart?
Here is what I do if I want REALLY curly hair – the best part is that because I wash my hair every 5 days the curls last until I wash it again! In my humble opinion, you can curl your hair whichever way you please as long as you are using a small curling wand and take pretty small pieces, but the magic happens when you pull the curls apart. I literally could do it for thirty minutes and still want to keep running my hands through it! With any curl I do I think running your fingers through the curls make them look wayyy more natural – and this one we want to have even more volume than just a beachy wave so don’t be afraid to whip your hair back and forth (maybe even brush it…. EK my mom used to tell us to do that when we curled our hair and I made fun of her for it… It might work for this one though!) and really tease it up at the roots.
Hey loves! Here is a braided ponytail tutorial that is such a cute spring/summer style! I would totally wear this to festivals where I don’t want my hair to be down and in my face – now I just need to get myself to a festival ;)
1 . Do a deep side part. Take a small piece of hair from near hairline and start doing a dutch braid – crossing the left outside piece under the middle piece and then the right piece under the middle.
2 . Next time you cross the left piece under add a piece of hair from the rest of your hair to it, making it a french braid. Because this style is kinda like a mohawk (although I did mine slightly to the side) you are only going to want to add hair that is on the top of your head – I did from my temples back to the crown of my head.
3 . Once you get to the crown, stop adding pieces and just do a regular dutch braid (outsides under the middle) until you get about 3/4 to all the way down your hair.
4 . Secure the braid with a small clear (or black if you have dark hair) elastic and pull the braid apart so it makes it appear thicker. When I pull apart the top pieces that are obviously much thinner to begin with I rub my fingers on it to tease it a little and make it look thicker :)
5 . Pull all of your hair up into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Wrap a small piece of hair from your ponytail around the elastic to hide it and then secure the piece with a bobby pin.
6 . Scrunch up your ponytail to add some volume near the elastic, pull out any face framing pieces that you like, and pull apart any pieces from the braid that have lost thickness.
That is it! I think this would look super cute with short hair too – just start with smaller pieces at the beginning and don’t pull the braid apart as much!