This week we are featuring a braid we saw on Instagram a few months ago on an awesome hairstyling account @merobraids. We loved how unique and intricate this woven ponytail looked when we saw it, and had to give it a try!
We first saw the idea of using more than 2 strands in a regular pull-through braid from @prettylittlebraids on Instagram, when she came up with the idea of using 3 strands, and my daughter has actually worn the 3 strand pull-through braid (or 3D) version quite often. This is the same concept, just taken up a strand... or 10.
Multi Strand Pull Through Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)
As mentioned in our video, you can count the number of strands you are pulling through each layer for more of a precise braid, or you can just go with the flow like I did. After working with the braid a little bit after I filmed this video, I would recommend starting with an elastic in the first layer (on the bottom strand) instead of doing it without (like I did in the tutorial.) It is easier that way and turns out better as well. ;)
This style is quite easy to create once you get the pattern down, but it can be a little tricky keeping all of the sections separated. If you are working on an actual person, I would recommend having them hold 1 or 2 of the sections for you while you are braiding, which will help tremendously. I have done this with my daughter and it is much easier. Or, as mentioned in our tutorial, you can use a clip to help keep one of the sections out of your way as well.
Although this ponytail looks kind of delicate with its "sideways fishtail design," it is actually quite durable and would be great for school, sports, the gym, etc. This would also look awesome wrapped up into a bun, which would be perfect for dance, ballet, figure skating, and other special occasions.
Supplies needed to recreate this ponytail:
- 1 large hair elastic or hair tie for the top of the ponytail.
- Several medium size clear elastics. The amount will depend on the length of hair you are working with.
- Pomade, gel, hair wax, etc. To help control flyaways. (Optional)