How to Create a Banded Puff Braid

November 16, 2014

A few months ago, Alicia, my friend from high school shared a photo with me on Facebook of this hairstyle that she simply could not figure out. At first, I couldn’t either.

Banded Puff Braid

It took several weeks, trying to reverse engineer the style in the photo, but the girls and I finally cracked the code! Today, we will be showing you how to create a Banded Puff Braid – a beautiful faux braided hairstyle that we know you’ll love!

Banded Puff Braid

This technique involves the use of small banded tiebacks to create this style, threading your newest one under and up through the previous one. Then as you go, simply pancake the stitches to your liking. You can do as many, or few, stitches as you want… it’s entirely up to you!

The steps may seem confusing at first, especially in the beginning as it was for me. Then you will see that as you go along, the steps will go faster and the puff braid will take shape, and you will LOVE it!

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To see your own photo recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHBandedPuffBraid

We’ve stopped every time we go out wearing this braid! Women and girls will simply want to know how you created it!

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You can leave this braid as we have done, or finish the bottom ponytail into a braid, tucking and rolling it all up and underneath the puff braid for a gorgeous updo. Creating this on a base of curls, would make it super elegant as well! Your options really are limitless!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 10-12 small hair elastics, hairspray or hair wax, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start with a middle part…
  2. Next, begin by separating off the hair on each side of the head, from just behind the ears on up to the middle part line {make sure you don’t take too much hair from the top area, since the large strand will not look as nice pulled back and spread flat against the head}…
  3. Now, pull both sections to the back center of the head and secure with an elastic as a tieback…
  4. Then, create two more small strands from behind the ears, pulling them back and securing against the head with an elastic, however this tieback will lay right on top of the previous one…
  5. Now pull the bottom tieback up through and over the second tieback {effectively switching places}.
  6. Then gather two more small strands of hair from the sides of the head and tie them back with an elastic…
  7. Now thread the bottom tieback up through and over the top of your newest tieback so that it now lays on top {at this point, you should notice the hair beginning a twisting pattern}…
  8. Next, go back and gently tug on the elbows of the hair twists, the outside first, then the inside, to pancake them and begin creating the puffed texture…
  9. Repeat Steps #4-8 until you have gathered all the remaining hair into elastics, continuing to puff the braid after every stitch…
  10. Now that you’ve run out of hair, secure all remaining hair into a ponytail with an extra elastic…
  11. Add hairspray, hair wax, and an accessory {if desired}.

What do you think about this Banded Puff Braid? How many ways can you think of to incorporate this fun braid into a combo? Feel free to share this with a friend you want to learn this hairstyle with you!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week, Bailey gives us all a peek into her mornings {getting up at 4:45am}, as she goes to seminary/bible study and prepares for early AM cheer practice before school. Her Get Ready with Me – Cheer Edition video is now on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! To see the video, simply click below…

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Princess Jasmine Ponytail | Bubble Braid

September 29, 2011

You may recognize this as the ponytail that Princess Jasmine wears in Disney’s Aladdin, which makes for a super cute hairstyle for Halloween!

For many of you moms, Bubble Braids will not be new to you as they were popular back in the mid to late 1980’s. Interestingly, I have been seeing them around lately! Fans on YouTube have been saying that some female characters in today’s video games have been sporting this ‘do.

Bubble Ponytail {Back}

This style is really easy to to do, as all you need is to secure a low ponytail in the hair.  Then, simply rat each section a little {to add volume} before securing the next band.

After placing that next band, you can gently tug the hair up into the secure section from the remaining hair to create the bubble/poof effect around the ratted hair.  Then do the same for the remaining sections.

Bubble Ponytail {Side}The hair bubbles can be as little or big as you wish, by the amount of hair that you tug in, and if you secure the bands closer together… you can get some incredibly flat bubbles for an even more dramatic effect!  You may also choose to do two ponytials, or use this in a fun combo for Crazy Hair Day!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 4 clear rubber bands, hairspray, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

* Note from Mindy: I apologize for the camera angle, as my hubby was out of the country on business when we filmed this. One of my 11-year old twins volunteered, and she actually did a fantastic job… don’t you think???

Happy Hairdoing!

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Egg Tails | Easter Hairstyles

April 19, 2011

Two years ago we posted a photo tutorial of our Egg Tails, which were a huge hit for little girls at Easter Egg hunts or at family parties, Crazy Hair Day, etc.

It has turned out to be one of our fun Easter Hairstyles (although not appropriate, in my opinion, for Easter Sunday)!

Egg Tails | Easter Pigtails

Yesterday, I took a Facebook poll asking viewers if they thought I should do a video tutorial of this style before Easter and the response was overwhelmingly… YES!!! Sooooo, we scrambled to find the supplies and filmed the ponytails this morning.

Egg Tails | Easter Hairstyles

I am telling you, this hairstyle is a definite conversation starter! I guarantee that you will have people stopping you in the street trying to see exactly what it is that you did!

In fact, the Egg Tail video tutorial is already getting a great response on YouTube! {Two years ago a viewer’s daughter was at an Easter Egg hunt wearing this style and was photographed for her local newspaper!}

Egg Tails | Crazy Hair Day

In our original photo tutorial two years ago, we used full-size Easter eggs.  This time, we used the mini eggs so that we could fit three in each ponytail.  It turned out super cute.  (Be sure to start looking today for these mini eggs, because they are hard to find!  Hobby Lobby had been carrying them, but we found ours at WalMart.)

We also enhanced the hairstyle to include a trick we used last year to help keep the eggs from falling out.  You will have to watch the video to see exactly what it was!

Before you view the video, though, be sure to review the old photo tutorial (“Egg Tail” link above) beforehand just to make sure you understand each step well.  Then after seeing the video, you will be a pro!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, spray bottle, hairspray, 36 clear elastics, 8 hair bands, 6 mini plastic Easter eggs, and two ribbons (your choice of color).

Time Requirement: 20+ minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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Cute Layered Ponytail | Teen Hairstyles

January 09, 2011

I saw a ponytail hairstyle very similar to this in the mall the other day, only I elaborated on it somewhat and I like how it turned out.  Today was the second day that I used it, and we were stopped all the time by people we know asking if we had posted it to the website yet… so here it is!

Side View…Layered Ponytail (Side)

This hairstyle is perfect for teens, since they are always looking for something unique, so I recognize that this hairdo may not be for everyone.

There are several variations you can use on this style… rather than lay the hair strands flat (like I did), you can twist the strands or micro-braid them.  It just depends on how you want it to look, so it really can be three styles in one.

Back View…Layered Ponytail (Back)

Front View…Layered Ponytail (Front)

Items Needed: Spray bottle, rat-tail comb, brush (if needed), 6 clear hairbands, hairspray, and accessories (if desired).

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes.

Skill Level: Medium

If you like this hairstyle… be sure to let us know!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Top Knot into Banded Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

May 18, 2010

Here is one of our hairstyles we documented a long time ago but we received a request over the weekend for a video tutorial. We do this one quite often and it gets quite a few compliments… just wait and see! It is actually very simple ‘do and looks very cute!

Top Knot Banded Ponytail

Top Knot Banded Ponytail

The step-by-step photos and instructions can be seen at Top Knot w/Banded Ponytail.

Items Needed: Brush, comb, hairspray, spray bottle, and 4-6 rubber bands (depends on length of hair).

Time Requirement: 5+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Here is the video tutorial…

Happy Hairdoing!

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