Today’s tutorial is one that you are going to love! I’m calling it the Twisted Elastic Braid because it looks like a braid, but in truth it’s not really a braid. It’s a series of little ponytails, so if you can do a ponytail, you can do this style!
I first did this style on myself. I did it without a mirror or a plan, and I really love how carefree and messy it turned out! I think it has a great boho feel to it. I had so many people stopping me to look at this braid when I did it. I think this hairstyle gets a lot of attention because it’s different looking and most people will have no idea how you did it! Those are always my favorite styles – the ones that people think are so hard and complicated but really they are simple to do.
The only downside to this style is that because it consists of a bunch of ponytails – it does take some time to put all those hair elastics in. But if you have at least 10 minutes to spare, it’s well worth the effort! And the upside of an elastic style like this is that it won’t fall out easily, in fact you may even find that it stays nice for a couple of days.
Let’s get to how to do this easy Twisted Elastic Braid!
Step 1. Start by brushing the hair out. Then take a little section of hair from along the face (going from your part line down to your ear) on both sides of the head. Twist those section so that the hair from each section is twisting up towards the crown of the head and then secure them together in the center of the back of the head with an elastic.
Step 2. Take another section of hair from each side of the head, picking it up from just behind where you picked up the last section. Twist both sections of hair, then tuck them up over and down through the last section you just secured and secure them together with an elastic so that it’s off to the side of the first elastic.
Step 3. Repeat step 2 all the way down alternating where you are pulling the hair towards and securing with an elastic. You can pull one to the left and then the next section to the far left, then go to the right again. Mixing it up and not doing it in a uniform way will give you a more boho and haphazard look. You really can’t mess this one up! Just be sure that you are always tucking the ponytail that you are working on through the very last one that you did. Gently tug on the edges of the hair as you go along to make the braid look more full and to help hide the elastics.
Step 4. Once you’ve gotten to the bottom of your style, you will see you have a bunch of elastics showing at the bottom. Take a section of hair, wrap it around to cover the elastics and then pick up the edge of one of your elastics and tuck it through to help give a more finished look.
While the style does take a little time to complete, the end result is beautiful! The photos above are the way that I taught it in the tutorial, but I also wanted to mention that you can make it a little more uniform if that’s more to your liking. You can simply alternate sides, left then right, making one ponytail on one side and then the next ponytail on the opposite side, going all the way down and you will get the look that you see in the photo below.
You’ll notice that I really pulled the edges of the style above to make it really soft and fluffy. It’s all up to you and your personal preference with how you do it, but it’s supposed to be a messy braid – so don’t be afraid of messing it up! However you end up doing it, it will be beautiful.
I hope that you’ll give this hairstyle a try! If you do, I hope it turns out wonderful for you and that you love it as much as we do!
I’d love to see how it turns out for you if do it and want to share. You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use the hashtag #HBLTwistedElasticBraid – if you use the hashtag, it might end up featured on my page. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see!
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