Pull Through Braided Updo

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Video Tutorial: Pull Through Braided Updo

I’m so excited for this week’s tutorial!  Today I’m collaborating with Natalia Simmons from Ma Nouvelle Mode.  Natalia is such a positive, sweet, amazing woman who I’m so glad to have met online!  She blogs about beauty, fashion, hair, lifestyle, travel, family and more — so basically everything fabulous!  Her tagline is “encouraging women to embrace their inner fabulousness!” and that is certainly what she does.  Can you tell, I just love her!!

We wanted to show you how to do an updo.  I’m doing mine as a pull through braid – because it’s a perfect updo for a little one!  I did it on my Gracie, who is 3, and it held nicely all day!  This would be a perfect updo for a wedding or other special event, church, or even just a cute every day look that keeps their hair up and out of the way. 

This would be great on older girls and women too!  I specifically mention it as a little girl style because I know that there are some styles that just slip right out of my little ones hair.  This style holds nicely and is a nice way to do an updo because it’s a pull through braided style — and a pull through braid isn’t even really a braid, it’s an elastic hair style.  And all those elastics give you a style that holds nice and is perfect for a little one or for fine hair that tends to slip out of a braid.

Natalia did this style with a beautiful lace braid technique, I absolutely love it!  Hers looks more mature and may hold better on an older girl or a woman, but again would look beautiful on all ages.  You can find her hanging lace braid tutorial here. 

Let’s get started on how to learn my pull through braided updo!

Supplies you’ll need: hairbrush, a bunch of small elastics, bobby pins, and hairspray (optional)

Time Needed:  5-10 min

Skill Level:  Easy

Step 1.  Begin by brushing out the hair.  Take a section of hair from one side of the part and secure it with an elastic.
Step 2.  Take a section of hair from right behind the first section of hair and secure that with another elastic into another little ponytail.
Step 3.  Take the hair from the first ponytail you created, split it in two parts, then take those parts back on either side of the ponytail you created in step 2, and add in more hair from along her hair to create a new ponytail.
Step 4.  Repeat the process of taking the front most ponytail, splitting it into two and taking it back around the ponytail behind it, and combining it into a new ponytail.  Follow along a couple of inches from her hairline as you go back and stop at the back center of her head.
Step 5.  Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the head.
Step 6.  Braid the remainder of the hair that you have hanging down from your ponytails on either side.  I chose to do a 3D round braid (find a tutorial for that here) but you could do any braid. 
Step 7.  Lay those braids up against the head and pin in place with bobby pins.  Spray with hairspray if you’d like.
 
You’re done!
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Make sure you check out Natalia’s version next.   You can find it on her blog here, and make sure to check her out on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  She’s a fantastic woman to follow.  She genuinely cares about every reader and loves connecting and talking to readers & followers on all her social media.  I know you’ll love her as much as I do!
 
I hope if you try out this beautiful updo – either mine or Natalia’s version – that it works out great for you!  I would love to see photos if you want to share, you can post them on my Facebook page or tag me in a photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori, or use the hashtag #HBLPullThroughBraidedUpdo so that I can find it!
 
Thank you so much for reading!  I hope you’ll visit my blog again soon!
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