I’ve seen this gorgeous hairstyle floating around on Instagram and Pinterest… I really wish I knew who’s photo it is so that I could credit them for it, but I don’t know who’s this is (if you happen to know, please leave me a comment and let me know!).
What I love about this style is it’s just simple beauty. Simple really is best sometimes. It’s just two French braids into a regular braid, perfectly executed. Stunning!
I was going to try doing this one on Hope the other day. I did a French back on either side and thought that instead of trying to combine them into a three strand braid, I’d try a lace up braid. I absolutely love lace up braids because they give you the look of a hard, complex multi-strand braid but are so easy to do!
I love how ours turned out! I think it’s a cute hairstyle for younger girls, tweens, teens and you hot mamas out there too! And with a little hairspray, ours held up well for a day of playing.
Supplies you’ll need: Hairbrush and 3 small elastics. Optional – hairspray or pomade.
Step 1. Brush hair out and part in the middle.
Step 2. Begin a French braid (Tutorial on a basic French braid can be found here) above the left ear, adding in a bigger bit of hair on the top and a smaller bit of hair on the bottom piece of your French braid so that you keep it closer to the neck.
Step 3. Continue French braiding back until you’ve reached the middle of the back of the head, but make sure you leave out a section of hair at the bottom center of the hair to be used for the lace up braid at the end.
Step 4. Finish that first French braid out with a regular braid, secure with an elastic.
Step 5. Repeat Steps 2-4 on the right side of the head.
Step 6. Gather the section of hair that is left at the bottom center of the head (sitting underneath your two braids that you’ve already completed). Take this section and weave it through a stitch of the braid on the left, then through a stitch of the braid on the right.
Step 7. Continue threading that section of hair through stitches of the braids on the left then the right, skipping a stitch every time so that the hair that you are threading will end up reaching to the bottom of your braids.
Step 8. Secure with an elastic. If any hairs are sticking out, come back with your hairspray or pomade to smooth down.
You’re done! You may want to tug at the outside hairs a little to pancake and give you more full looking braid, and you may want to finish with a bow or cute clip at the bottom. If you didn’t get the style just by reading this, I hope that it will be clear after you watch the video tutorial on this hairstyle. I hope that this turns out great for you at home if you try it!
I’d love to see it if you try it and want to share – you can post to my Facebook wall or tag me @hair_by_lori on Instagram or use hashtag #HBLDblFrenchBraidsLaceUpBraid.
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