If you have been on my site before, you know that I’m always talking about using ribbon in braids and hairstyles. I go on and on! I can’t help it though. I am just in love with how special adding ribbon to a style can be.!
Ribbon gives you a completely unique look without necessarily being difficult. Even a simple, quick ribbon braided style looks so much harder and complicated than it really is! Ribbon braids and hairstyles leave people in awe and are certain attention grabbers. And – my favorite part – you can pick ribbon to match your outfit or occasion. It’s just so fun!
It’s no wonder that when I saw this style (pictured above) done by my friend Chelsea @sheerbraidedbliss, I fell in love! It’s just such a darling, sweet look. I recreated this style today for an Instagram twin (Curious what that means? I explain it here.)
I knew that you would love this look as much as I did, so I decided to create a pictorial of it so that you can recreate this fantastic look as well. Let’s get started!
Step 1. Gather a section of hair from the front of the head, angled slightly back.
Step 2. Do a regular 3 strand braid with that hair, secure with an elastic.
Step 3. Gather a section of hair directly behind the first section that you braided. Take care to start and stop at the same points on either side of her head as you did for the first section, and mirror the slightly angled part line that you created behind your first section.
Step 4. Braid a regular 3 strand braid in that section of hair, secure with an elastic.
**Optional, temporarily secure the rest of the hair that is down with an elastic.
Step 5. Take your ribbon and weave it through the inside first stitch of each 3 strand braid – this is like you are lacing up a shoe, or as we call it in the braiding community, a corset.
Step 6. Count down 3 stitches of the braid on the right, use your fingers to lift that stitch and make an opening, then pull the ribbon from the left across and through that hole. Now count down 3 stitches of the braid on the left, use your fingers to lift that stitch and make an opening, then pull the ribbon from the right across and through that hole.
Step 7. Repeat that process in step 6, weaving the ribbon through so that it crosses every 3 stitches, until you have 5 or 6 crosses of your ribbon.
Step 8. Pull all of the hair and your corset braid into a high ponytail in the middle of the head. (If you’d like, you can take out the 3 strand braids that are hanging in the ponytail, or you can just braid them in at a later point. I chose to take mine out here.)
At this point, adjust the corset braid if you need to. You can take and gently pull the bottom three strand braid so that it comes out of the ponytail a bit more, giving you more space between your two braids and a wider corset braid.
Step 9. Separate out a small section of hair from the bottom of the ponytail along with your ribbon. You will have two pieces of ribbon hanging down, but you can just hold them together like they are one.
Step 10. Take that section of hair and do a 4 strand ribbon braid (click for tutorial), and secure with an elastic.
Step 11. Take the remainder of hair from your ponytail and do a 3 strand braid, secure with an elastic.
Step 12. Wrap the 3 strand braid around into a bun and pin in place.
Step 13. Wrap the 4 strand ribbon braid around the base of that bun and pin in place. Trim the ends of the ribbon if you have a lot hanging down here, or tuck them under and pin them out of the way.
I hope you’ll find this corset accented braided bun hairstyle (that’s a mouthful!) as surprisingly easy as I did! This hairstyle makes such a sweet ballet bun, but would be great for any occasion.
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