30 Day Braiding Challenge

30 Day Braiding Challenge - 30 Days of New Braids

I have only been braiding since the beginning of 2014… only a couple of years now.  Before that, I could do a regular 3 strand braid and a French braid.  Then I discovered Cute Girls Hairstyles which led me to discover the incredible braiding world on Instagram (which I wrote about here).  My first month on Instagram, June 2014, there were some girls who held a braiding challenge – they had a different braid that you were supposed to do each day of the month.  I started doing it and I loved it!  It pushed me to be better.  It made me try new braids that I had never even heard of!  It was a great way to kindle this passion of mine that I had discovered.

The past two years I held a 30 Day Braiding Challenge of my own and it was a great success!  So many people joined in and posted photos on social media.  It was a lot of fun!  

The 30 Day Braiding Challenge is on again for 2017.  It doesn’t matter what your braiding experience level is.  If you have already done some of these on this list – try doing them in a new way.  Push yourself out of your comfort zone.  Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t be afraid of failing – this is how we get better.  By the time the 30 days is up, you will be amazed at how your skills will have grown. 

30 Day Braiding Challenge list of braids

I am going to start this challenge on June 1, 2017.  I have a blog post every single day for each day of the challenge.  In each post, I share multiple tutorials for that day’s braid.  Some tutorials are mine, but I also share tutorials from other talented bloggers and YouTubers as well.  Each day’s blog post includes a tutorial that teaches the technique, a DIY tutorial, and then tutorials for other ways that you can use the technique.

I hope that you will take on the 30 Days of New Braids challenge!  If you have a busy day and can’t follow along as it’s listed, that’s ok.  If you can only do 10 out of 30, that’s ok.  But use this as some motivation to grow your skills.  You’ll be amazed at what you are capable of!

You can find all the posts in the challenge here.

You can subscribe to my mailing list here and you will be emailed each day’s challenge blog post:

Other posts you may like:

3 Strand Pull Through Braid The Dutch Braid - Braiding Basics Faux Hawk (5 Strand Dutch Braid)

18 thoughts on “30 Day Braiding Challenge

  1. This sounds like such fun. I will definitely try to do the challenge . There are several of the braids listed that I have never done and a few that I have tried and failed at, but I will try. Looking forward to your great tutorials.

    1. I’m glad you are going to try the challenge out! I think that you’ll be amazed at how your braiding skills will grow. Even if you try something and fail, you will still be learning and growing. I hope that you’ll share some of your photos throughout the month, I’d love to see how it’s going for you!

  2. This sounds like so much fun! I have done my daughter’s hair different for every day of Kindergarten (with the exception of 2 days where she wore the Elsa braid because she was dressed up as Elsa from Frozen). I just started an Instagram with her braids on it less than a month ago (@Bellas_braids if you’re interested), and it’s been so much fun! My older daughter even let me start doing her hair again (she’s 13 so you know…)! I love it! There are only a few on here that I haven’t tried before (I too am an avid follower of Cute Girls Hairstyles), and I can’t wait to try this!!!

    1. Yay! I’m glad that you are going to try it, Katie! I’m challenging more experienced braiders like you to get creative and think outside the box with the techniques on the challenge that you already know. Try using it in a way that you haven’t before!

      So impressive about a different hairstyle every day of Kindergarten! Wow, well done there mama. I’ll go check out out on IG to see some of those pretty styles.

  3. I think I might give this a try…definitely not a good braider, but we’ll see. My girls have such fine, fine hair, I’m not sure all of these will work well, but they’re going to be guinea pigs. They just don’t know it yet!

    1. I hope you do give it a try! My braiding skills before I did my 30 day challenge last year were not great, but you’ll honestly be surprised at how much you will grow in a month. For fine hair, my biggest recommendation is to braid on it wet or to texturize it – spraying a little dry shampoo can help it or using a micro crimper on the hair first. That way, when you braid it, it won’t all slip out two seconds later! And don’t try to pancake (pull the edges of the braids to make it look bigger), just leave it nice and tight. Hope it goes well for you!

  4. This will be my 1st braid challenge! Whoot whoot!!! I’ve done most of them so now im looking forward to dressing them up with my own twist. Cant seem to get the 5 strand tho so im looking forward to that tutorial. Thanks for doing this!! Lets……go….monday!!

    1. Woo hoo!! I love your enthusiasm, Elizabeth! I’m so glad that you are going to take the challenge. I hope that if you are on Facebook or Instagram that you will post to my page or use the hashtag so that I can see how you put your own twist on things! I’m sure it will be great. Yes, Let’s go Monday!! (you totally made my day!)

    1. I’m so glad that you are going to take the challenge! I can totally relate, I’ve only been braiding for a year and a half now and sometimes I wonder how it took me so long, but I’m just happy to be here now. I love braiding too and love connecting with others like you who share that passion and love too! If you’re on social media, I hope you’ll share some photos so that I can see. Either way – hope you have fun with the challenge this month!

  5. I want to join but I will be traveling for 10 to 12 days out of this month. Can I get the list early so I can do some of them before I leave and have them ready. This is the only way I can will be able to do it.

    1. Hi Donna! Yes, there is a list of braids on this blog post. Feel free to save that image or bookmark this page! The blog posts with the tutorials for each day won’t go up until the day before we are on that braid, but you can find tutorials on your own if you need to. My posts are just for convenience sake and for me to add my own tips and advice on each. I’m so glad you are going to join in the challenge as much as you can!

  6. Excited to try these on my daughter! I’ve been braiding since high school, where I learned “on the bus, and in the bleachers” how to braid French braids on all types of hair to keep it out of our faces for the basketball games! I’m excited to try to branch out with my daughter’s long hair!

    1. Hi Kristen! I am so glad that you are taking on the challenge! And that’s such a great way to learn too… I bet you could French braid pretty fast doing them before games! I hope that you and y our daughter enjoy this challenge and learn some new things 🙂

  7. I’m going to try this! It sounds really fun! Unfortunately I just chopped off a lot of my hair so I don’t know if this will turn out well…but it sounds really fun and I’m going to give it a shot!

    1. Hi Sophia! I’m so glad that you are going to try it! It will definitely be more of a challenge for you, but hopefully it will get you to discover some great new ways that you can do your new short hair… and I hope you do have a ton of fun with it!

  8. I’m 13 and I’m trying to do this this month! It looks like fun. I tried to do the 31 day nail challenge but for two years it never got finished. I’m positive I’ll finish this one though! 😉 I’m the ‘class hairdresser’ at my school, I do two of my friends hair in the morning, another girls in the afternoon and practically everyone’s after swimming on Tuesdays! I’m on day 4 but the 4 strand didn’t go so well.. I’m doing the others on my friends as well as me for the best possible outcome. Any tips? I’ve got small fingers so can’t hold too much hair at a time – the five strand braid is KILLING me! I really enjoy doing peoples hair and this is really cool. Thanks for the tutorials!

    1. Hi Lily! First off, I’m so sorry for the delayed reply! I took a break from blogging and it’s been awhile since I’ve been on. I’m so glad that you took on the 30 day challenge! Did you end up finishing it? If not, I am doing it in June. You can join in and do it along with me! It’s awesome that you are the class hairdresser and that all of your friends come to you for braids! I wish I knew how to braid when I was your age. As for tips – just practice, practice, practice. For multiple strands, you can take a small elastic and tie it around the different sections (so for a 5 strand, divide hair into 5 sections, put an elastic on each section to help hold the hairs together) then braid it so that you can get the technique down. I recommend starting with doing the braid on a ponytail before you try adding any hair in if you can, it helps to just get the technique down. Also, having a mannequin head to practice on is also very helpful. Keep at it!! You’ll get them down!

      Thanks so much for the sweet note!

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