3 Strand Pull Through Halo Braid

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Video Tutorial: 3 Strand Pull Through Halo Braid

The 3 Strand Pull Through Braid is one of my favorite braids.  I’m so grateful that my talented friend Shelley (on IG @prettylittlebraids) came up with the technique and then shared it with me so that I could film a tutorial on it.  It’s such a great way to get a nice, full, voluminous braid even on fine hair.  It’s so impressive looking and beautiful.  We always get so many compliments when my girls wear it!

I’ve taken that same concept of the 3 strand pull through braid and I’ve done it as a halo or half up crown braid.  I love it soooo much!  It looks so regal and ethereal.  And maybe even a little Game of Thrones –ish if you ask me! 

3 Strand Pull Through Halo Braid 3 Strand Pull Through Halo Braid

Above left is the style done on my daughter Hope.  I textured her hair using a micro crimper and it gave so much volume to this style!  The second style above was done on a friend on just her normal texture hair.  I love this style so much and I hope you will too!

Let’s get started on learning how to do the 3 strand pull through halo braid!

Supplies you’ll need:  hairbrush, a lot of elastics (we chose clear but you could use colors), couple of bobby pins, clip to temporarily secure hair out of the way — and optional:  micro crimper OR teasing brush or comb, your favorite dry shampoo and hairspray.

Time: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level:  Advanced

Step 1.  Begin by brushing the hair out and parting as you normally would.  Go to the right of that part line a couple of inches and pick up a section of hair, going back 3 or 4 inches from the face.  Secure that section with an elastic. 

Step 2.  Go down a couple of inches from that section, make another part parallel to the two above it and going back from the face 3 inches or so and secure with an elastic. 

Step 3.  Optional step – tease the hair in those 2 ponytails.  I did NOT tease the hair in mine, I would prefer to use a micro crimper if I needed to add more volume, but if you don’t have/want to use a micro crimper and you feel you need some extra volume, then go ahead and spray some dry shampoo and/or tease the ponytails as you go along the braid.

Step 4.  Take the hair from the 1st ponytail and split it into 3 equal parts.

Step 5.  Take the hair from the 2nd ponytail and split it into 2 equal parts.

Step 6.  Take the 2 pieces from the 2nd ponytail and pull them up and around the middle strand from the 1st ponytail, then rejoin those two pieces — this means that from the 3 strands you created from the 1st ponytail, one is going around on either side of the 2nd ponytail and one is going through the 2 pieces of the 2nd ponytail.  Clip the hair from the second ponytail up and out of the way temporarily. 

Step 7.  Rejoin the 3 pieces from the 1st ponytail into one and add them to a new 3rd ponytail {created by picking up hair from just under the second ponytail you created above}, securing all together with an elastic.  You now have 2 ponytails.

Step 8.  Go back and gently pull the edges of the hair that you have just split and joined into the new ponytail to give it a nice, full effect.  Make sure you do this every stitch as you go along, it’s easier to do as you go rather than trying to do it after you are all done with the style. 

Step 9.  Repeat Steps 4-8, picking up your new bottom ponytail from just above the right ear.  You want to make sure as you are creating your new ponytails that it follows how you want the crown braid to sit on the head. 

Step 10.  If you are working on longer hair, then you can stop making new sections of hair and just do the 3 strand pull through braid for a few stitches of the braid so that the braid is long enough to reach across the back of the head.  If you are working on hair that is too short to pull across the back of the head and have it reach the other side, then continue to make new little ponytails and add new hair into the braid as you go across the back of the head. 

Step 11.  When you have braided across the back of the headed (either with or without adding more hair in as described above) – go back to the front of the head.  Starting from the other side of your initial part line, make a 2-3 ponytails to mirror the ones that you made in steps 1 & 2 (and possibly one more if you need it to reach on this side).

Step 12.  Pick up one more section of hair from under the ponytails that you just created.  Take the 3 strand pull through braid that you’ve created going across the back of the head and now continue to braid, joining it to the section of hair you just picked up in this step. 

Step 13.  Continue your 3 strand pull through braid up and around the other side of the face.  When you have used the hair from the last ponytail section, continue splitting the hair for your braid but now take the last two sections you split and pull them around the very first ponytail that you created in step 1, secure with an elastic so that the hair is behind that very first elastic.

Step 14.  Tuck the hair that is left in the braid behind the beginning of your braid and pin in place if you need so that it lays nicely.

Step 15.  Go back and pull the hair a little more to even out or create an even more full look if you would like.  Finish with hairspray if you’d like.

You’re done!

{Video Tutorial} 3 Strand Pull Through Halo Braid

3 Strand Pull Through Halo Braid

Typing it out, it seems so much harder than when I just do it, so I hope that you watch the video on this one!  I really love this look and think it’s one that would be great on all ages.

I hope you’ll give this 3 strand pull through halo braid a try!  I’d absolutely love to see how it turns out for you if do it and want to share.  You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use hashtag #HBL3SPullThroughHaloBraid so I can find it.

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you’ll come back soon!

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