Jan 21, 2015

Licorice Braid, Tie Back Hairstyle

Licorice braid hair tutorial

Our hair tutorial today shows how to create what we are calling a "licorice braid" by combining standard rope braids (or twist braids) into a fun and unique looking twisted pattern. 

Doesn't this braid look just like a twisted piece of candy (ie Twizzlers) or an actual rope? Although I'm sure this is not a new braid for some of you, we stumbled upon this technique by accident a few years ago. We were planning on making a "Hawser Braid" (which is 2 rope braids twisted together in the opposite direction) but ended up twisting the braids together the "wrong" way and this "licorice braid" appeared.  Love it when that happens!  The Princess has worn this braid on occasion ever since then and absolutely loves it.

Licorice braid tie back hairstyle

As shown in our video tutorial (below) 2 or more braids can be combined to create this intricate twisted pattern.  Of course, the more braids you use, the larger and more intricate the final braid will become! 

We chose a simple tie back, half up - half down hairstyle for our video today, although this braid can be used in many different hairstyles!  

Licorice braid half up hairstyle tutorial

This classic tie back style would be cute for teens, girls, and women.  A great hairstyle for school or work, since it is fairly quick and easy. Hairstyles with the sides pulled back into the middle (such as this) always remind me of a medieval princess or a bohemian style bride or wedding.  If you wanted to add some beachy waves or curls to this style, I think it would add a soft and romantic touch, although I love it with straight hair too!
Supplies needed to create this look:
  • Several clips or temporary hair ties to hold the ends of the braids while you are working.
  • Pomade, gel, or damp hair to help control flyaways.
  • One small elastic for the end of the final braid.
Licorice Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)