A Faux French Braid, For Those Of You Who Can't.....

I know there are some of you who haven't yet mastered the French Braid. I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a way to do something that looks like a French Braid, but isn't. Here is my attempt. It's very easy, and I think turned out really cute. If you can put in an elastic and tie a knot with a ribbon, you can do it!!

Start with a small pony in front. Bring a piece of ribbon through the elastic until both ends are the same length.

Leave the ends of the ribbon hanging down. Scoop up a piece of hair from each side of her head and bring to the middle. Pull the pony up with the hair you just gathered. (Leaving the ribbon down.)Bring the three pieces of hair together with an elastic.....Tie the ribbon over the elastic into a knot. I actually only tied half a knot. The ribbon I was working with was quite stiff and held just fine only tying it once.Repeat the steps again for scooping up the sides and adding the hair to the pony, leaving the ribbon hanging.Again, add an elastic and tie another knot (not shown.)Repeat all the way to the bottom, until you run out of hair to add from the sides......I continued tying all the way to the bottom of her hair by crossing the ribbon in the back and bringing it around to the front to tie the knot.


If I do this again, I'm going to start with tying the ribbon into a knot on the top elastic, I think it would look better that way.

If any of you have "Trash Tie" or "Knot Heads" hair accessories, they would work great with this style. You wouldn't even have to tie a knot or use an elastic on each section. You could just cross the trash tie over the section and start on the next one. I wish I had one to show you what I mean, but I don't.

Anyway, I did another style similar to this, only with thinner ribbon to give you another perspective on it. I'm scheduling it to go out next week.

For a video tutorial on this hairstyle, go here.

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28 comments:

  1. I love, love, love this one. How creative you are! I think I'll try it today. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This style is so neat! I do know how to French Braid, but this is so different with the ribbon woven through it. I love it, great job! I can't wait to try this on my dd.

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  3. Hi there! I don't think I've commented before, but I do check your site a lot. =)

    This style is a great idea; well done! I can't wait to try it!

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and tips - have a great Thanksgiving!

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  4. Awesome! Thank you so much! Absolutely going to try this one on my little one!

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  5. I'll echo the comment made by Chanin! Way cute!!
    Love, love, love all your ideas!!

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  6. Wow i know how to braid but that is great i think i have to try it anyway!!! Awsome my daughter will like it bunches!!

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  7. You're brilliant - what more can I say? :-)

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  8. I just did this today, but modified a bit. Super cute! Thanks for the fun idea.

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  9. I'm not much of a commenter.. but I had to for this one.. this is your best idea yet! I am french braid incompetent so now I have hope! plus I'm a ribbon/bow fanatic :) Thank you!

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  10. So cute! I am french braid handicapped. I have tried and tried. My mom is amazed that with all the stuff I do with my girls' hair that I can't french braid. So I will have her french braid their hair now and then. I am bummed that I can't click on your pictures to see them up close and in more detail. That is especially nice on some of the hair do's, but understand why you did it!

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  11. super cute! super fun! my dd is going to love love love it!

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  12. THAT is adorable... I can do the french braid, but this one is SO cute.... thanks for sharing all your ideas. :)

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  13. That is so awesome!!! Good job Good job :)I will so be trying this!

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  14. Honestly how the heck do you come up with these hair dos? This is awesome! you are SUPER creative!

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  15. Okay, I finally taught myslef how to french braid. It's not that great yet, but I may just give it up for this style! It's so cute! I love love love it!

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  16. YAY, I am french braid-ily challanged! I'll try this today while pies cook and aim for adorable Tksgiving hair for my girls.

    I do have a question... what do you do while growing out bangs? My oldest cut some, grr and my #2 just has wild woman hair. I love your ideas with bands close to the front to tame the bangs
    http://tinyurl.com/6f2opj ...look, you inspired me!

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  17. Thank you so much for your cute and different ideas! I did this one today and it is so cute! Keep 'em comin'!!!

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  18. SO NEAT!! If only I had girl... b.c reaching up and behind myself strains my arms... they aren't what they used be. LOL

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  19. You are so extremely brilliant! Now I wish my daughters had long hair...

    Hey, you should have a link to the Sesame Street news skit where Guy Smiley plays the Prince and asks Rapunzel to let down her hair. I LOVE that one. I think it's here...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1BIlMOepsI

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  20. Yeah, this is great! I can not seem to get a french braid or much else down yet I have three boys, and our first little girl is 2 and really just now getting enough hair for all this, I am sure I will be a regular now! Thanks!

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  21. Hi there, just found this site, so so great. Can I ask you, how long should the ribbon be that I use for this style, looks long? My daughters hair is pretty long and I see you tie a knot over each elastic. Thanks for any tips. LC

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  22. Anonymous, It's been awhile since I've done this one, but I'm thinking the ribbon was probably about 5 feet long. Good luck with it!!

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  23. This will be handy in the morning we are rushing to get ready!

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