Toward the end of last summer and into the fall this awesome tutorial popped up on Pinterest of a modified French braid on Lauren Conrad. It reminded me of our “half French braid” that we did the opposite way, pulling hair from the bottom & wrapping the hair around the head to make a bit of a crown.
So this is a spin off of Lauren Conrad’s version that is pictured above. We’ve done this a lot and I love it because with the wrapping of the ponytail there is no need for any hair accessories – it just looks awesome as is!
Begin by parting the hair off center on the right. Part further back on the top of the head.
Part it down to the ear and secure all the rest of the hair hanging down in the back for now.
At the top on the left side of your part, start plaiting a braid.
Once you’ve plaited one round of the braid, grab some hair from the top & add it in, like you’re French braiding.
Only add hair in from the top as you’re plaiting the braid.
Once you run out of hair to add & have reached that back part …
Stop adding hair but continue doing a regular braid down to the end of the hair. Secure temporarily with a clip.
Flip that braid up out of the way and smooth all remaining hair around to the left side of the head.
Make a low side ponytail and flip your braid back down. (I probably could have added one more section of hair into the braid and I wouldn’t of had that gap!)
Wrap the braid under your ponytail and bring it back around the top. *If you wrap it over the top it tends to make your French braided part pucker so I have more luck putting it under the ponytail.*
Loop the end of your braid back around and under itself so it’s close to the head. I’ve done it the other way too, but this is the way I did it when I documented it all!
Wrap it as much as want, but I just do 1 full wrap at the base of the ponytail. Secure the braid to the ponytail with a clear rubber band. Cinch the rubber band up and it’ll disappear under the braid.
Unbraid any left over braid that is hanging down into the ponytail below that clear rubber band.
This is what you’ll have from the back.
That’s it! Looks so cute and unique! You can also do this much more relaxed and messy and have it look totally great as well! Give it a try & we’d love for you to share pictures with us on our Facebook Page!