I actually shot this tutorial clear back in May 2009, less than a year after I’d started this blog. I was going back through old photo files a couple weeks ago and stumbled up on all these pictures. I must have uploaded them into my family picture files instead of into my hairstyle files and it just got lost in the thousands of pictures I’ve taken over the years! I must have done this right on the heals of one of our all time favorite styles Wrap Around with Little Braids.
So there’s nothing like a trip back in time when Bug was not even 5 years old yet! She still had quite chubby little cheeks and her hair still was growing and we were years away from her haircut for Locks of Love. And I love how her hair is almost a reverse ombré. I can’t believe how light the ends of her hair were. Her hair certainly has darkened up as she’s gotten older! I also must apologize for some of these pictures because they are a bit blurry. I was still new at all this stuff back then!
Ok – enough of my trip down memory lane! On with the hair tutorial!
Step 1 – Part the hair from ear to ear
Step 2 – Divide the hair into 4 sections
On the top middle part I actually made a zig-zag part. Feel free to make them all straight. Secure them all temporarily with claw clips because you won’t work with every section at once. I also secured the all the hair down in back with another clip to keep it out of the way.
Step 3 – Braid the top right section of hair
Braid all the way down & secure the end with a little clip for now.
Step 4 – Start a braid on the bottom left section
Keep in mind this is on the left side of the head now. Start braiding but don’t braid too far.
Step 5 – Add right braid into the left braid
As you start to make another plait with that lower left braid, incorporate the braid from the right side into it. That braid from the right will wrap across the back of the head. If I remember correctly (Once I’d wrapped the braid over the back of the head and saw how much braid I needed, I unbraided the “excess” right braid so it was straight hair that was incorporated into that left braid.) Hopefully that makes sense.
Braid all the way down until you run out of hair. Secure the end temporarily.
So this is what you have up to this point!
Step 6- Braid the top left section
Step 7 – Start braiding the bottom right section
Step 8 – Repeat step 5 on the right side
Step 9 – Join the braids together
Step 10 (optional) – Curl & add a bow
See what I mean? She’s so tiny! Oh, how fast time flies!
Hope you like this one! If you’ve got enough hair to pull from one side of the head to the other, this should work for you. It’s really cute and pretty simple. Great for school or church!