I have another cute and fun 4th of July hairstyle here for you today! I just love, LOOOOVE doing these holiday ones!
Today’s style is the Stars & Stripes Ponytail. You get a red and a blue stripe from the two unique 4 strand ribbon braids. Then we take and lace those together with our white ribbon – and I know that it actually creates a diamond, but since “Diamonds & Stripes” ponytail doesn’t sound very patriotic, let’s just go ahead and pretend they are stars so we can call it a stars & stripes pony! 😉
Whatever you think the best name for this style is – I hope we can at least agree that it’s a very cute look for the 4th of July! I think it would also be great to wear in celebration of the Olympics or any other time you want to show some national pride.
Are you not American like us? Then change up the colors to fit your own country’s colors and enjoy this unique braided ponytail style.
Let’s get started on learning it!
Supplies you’ll need: hairbrush, ponytail holder, red, white, blue ribbon (each ribbon a little more than twice as long as the hair in the ponytail), 3 small elastics, alligator or claw clip for holding hair out of the way temporarily, and a cute accessory or bow (optional)
Time: 10 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
Step 5. So, going from right to left, take the first piece of ribbon and go under the strand of ribbon next to it, under the strand of hair next to it, then up and back right over that same strand of hair that you just went under.
Step 6. Now start on the left side of the braid – take the piece of hair and go under the hair next to it, under the ribbon next to it, then up and back left over that same strand of ribbon that you just went under.
Step 7. Repeat the process that you learned in step 5 & 6 – from each side going under 2 and back up and over 1, until you have braided all the way down then secure with an elastic.
Step 8. Unclip the other side of the ponytail and then clip the braid you just finished out of the way.
Step 9. Take the hair you just unclipped and divide it into two equal parts. Then hold the hair and the ribbon (from LEFT to RIGHT): ribbon, ribbon, hair, hair.
We are going to braid from LEFT to RIGHT on this side. It is very important that you braid this way so that it doesn’t twist the wrong way and effect the finished results. So this is opposite of the way that we braided the first braid.
Step 10. Going from left to right, take the first piece of ribbon and go under the strand of ribbon next to it, under the strand of hair next to it, then up and back left over that same strand of hair that you just went under.
Step 11. Now start on the right side of the braid – take the piece of hair and go under the hair next to it, under the ribbon next to it, then up and back right over that same strand of ribbon that you just went under.
Step 12. Repeat the process that you just did in steps 10 & 11 – from each side going under 2 and back up and over 1, until you have braided all the way down then secure with an elastic.
Your left braid (red ribbon) should twist to the left. Your right braid (blue ribbon) should twist to the right.
Step 13. Take your white ribbon and start at the top, lace the two braids together like you would lace up a shoe. Go all the way down like this and secure both braids together with one elastic.
Step 14. You can tie the ends of the ribbon around your bottom elastic if you like and trim the ends of the ribbon to your desired length. Add a cute bow or accessory at the top.
The first braid above was done using a thinner piece of white ribbon than the red and blue ribbon. The next braid was done using white ribbon that was the same thickness as the red and blue ribbon. The last photo was done using two regular 4 strand ribbon braids and a thinner piece of white ribbon than the red and blue ribbon.
However it’s done, I think it’s a beautiful and unique braid to do. I hope you’ll give a try and wear it for your Independence Day celebrations. If you do try it and want to share, I would love to see how it turns out for you! You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or you can use the hashtag #HBLStarsStripesPony
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