August 11, 2013

Single Frenchback into Round Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Today we want to show you a beautiful new high ponytail that is now sitting in my Top-5 list of CGH hairstyles!Frenchback into Round Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

With back-to-school season already here, it is great to head into the school year with a few super-cute, and quick hairstyles ready to go. This hairstyle is certainly on our list!

This is a very versatile look with the braid going well with just about any outfit, and the style holds well for sports, cheerleading, and dance. You can even choose to wrap the braid into a bun for a very beautiful updo!IMG_3219


We have shown you before how to create a chain braid, and a Double-Twist Ponytail. This braid has a ver similar look, but we are actually using single Frenchback into a Round {or 3D} Braid.IMG_3239

The braid stranding is a bit confusing, but once you have the hang of it, this can be a 3-minute hairdo! {That is the only reason why this hairstyle is rated “Medium” in skill level.}Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Brooklyn wore this hairstyle during our meet-up a week ago in Downtown Disney, and it definitely was noticed by the fans!


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 large hair band, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

There are many ways to style this braid. Here, I have used a single Frenchback into a high ponytail, but you can use it in any variety of hairstyle combos.

  1. Begin by pulling the hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with a hair band…
  2. Now divide hair into 4 equal sections, laying each section between one of your fingers on your right hand….
  3. The hair should lay like this: Strand #1 {outside pinky finger}, Strand #2 {between pinky and ring finger}, Strand #3 {between ring finger and middle finger}, strand #4 {between middle and index finger}…
  4. Now, take the index finger on your left hand and use it to hook Strand #3. It should now lay between your pointer finger and your middle finger.
  5. Take your middle finger and hook Strand #1. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  6. Take the last two pieces and twist them once {so they cross over each other} and place them so Strand #4 lays between your ring finger and pinky and Strand #2 lays outside your pinky…
  7. All strands should now be sitting in your left hand and will be numbered 1-4 from left to right…
  8. Take your right index finger and hook Strand #2. This will now lay between your index and middle finger…
  9. Next, take your middle finger and hook Strand #4. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  10. With the last two remaining strands, do a half twist so they cross, and then place them so Strand #1 now lays between your rink finger and pinky, with Strand #3 laying outside your pinky…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 until you run out of hair…
  12. Secure with an elastic and add accessories as desired.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget my twins’ video this week on their YouTube channel! Both of them wanted to upload a Babysitting 101 video for younger girls looking to start! All of the tips were their own ideas! So cute!

  • eden

    Im most like Bailey, i love the fashion world and jewelry! but I also like to put myself out there and have a little fun!

  • TAmmy

    I love Mindy’s hair in this video. Would you ever show us how you did the white band in your hair with the side pony. It looks adorable. So cute and girly!

  • Annika Green

    I’m most like Mindy. I love doing hair, and I have a french braid idea of where you part the hair and on the side with more hair, you flip the rest over to and do a winding french braid on the head. You start in the back right next to the part and wind the french braid. I haven’t been able to do it on my sister, but I will once I get the chance!

  • Lauren Comrie

    I really like this hairstyle its so pretty. I think it would be good on holiday when you are all hot and stuff. Love this !!!!

  • Madi

    Hi Brooklyn and Bailey! You guys are so awesome!

  • Chloe

    I’m most like Brooklyn. I put my hair up in buns all the time, I don’t wear long earrings and I love to read.

  • Sara

    i am 13 years old and i am gonna do this hairstyle it is very cute

  • Ali Beaulieu

    I’m most like Brooklyn because I’m not very fancy and I like to be more sporty.

  • it looks so beautiful but you can have another idea to do cute and fantastic braids

  • Kirsten

    Brooklyn and Bailey, thanks so much for this video on babysitting! My daughter adores your videos and this in particular was very informative. I’d like to add another piece of advice from a mom view: babysitters, please be modest when you show up for a job. Often you will be bending over to change a diaper or tie a shoe, or playing a fun chasing game, and it is embarrassing to the children if they can see your underwear (or more) when you’re just trying to play and have fun. Before you leave home, it’s a good idea to stand in front of a mirror and raise your arms and bend over so you can see what others might see. As a mom, modesty would be one of those make-it-or-break-it considerations when deciding to hire a certain babysitter again. As always, keep up these great videos you’re doing! My daughter and I discovered your blog a few years ago and it’s been a great relationship builder to watch and learn together. Thanks so much!

  • kayleigh

    I’m a ten year old girl and I try to do your styles in diy because my mom stinks at doing hair. can you put some kids DIY on your site? if you could it would be very much appreciated . by the way I love cgh and show me cute!!!! thx bye

  • Thanks for your post on the single Frenchback into round braid. The pictures are great. Thanks for the directions.

  • Susan Parker

    I am new to your site. I have 7 sons and 1 daughter. For years I have just cut/styled my boys hair…easy! Then came our little cherry on top! I am doing ok with her long hair but need and love your new ideas. Thanks so much. I am also commenting to enter the contest for a free Nume. I dont have any curling iron etc that I use on her. Would LOVE the one that is thinner on the bottom as It was so cute on your littlest girl. My sweetie is 7 next month. Really Any size would be fun. Thank you thank you. Sue

  • jamie

    oh!And can you PLEASE put up a tutorial on how to do Astrid’s hair from ‘How to train your dragon’?

    • anonymous

      yes can you please do a tutorial on astrid’s hair from how to train your dragon 2
      🙂 thanks

      • clare

        yes could you please

  • jamie

    ooooooooh, looks great! how do you think of these cool hairstyles?!

  • Emma

    I think I am most like Brooklyn because I have en outside adventureful personality. also I really like this braid it is interesting and you are right it looms so cool and three d.
    p.s what time and what day do you guys post a new hairstyle every week because I check and then I realize all over again that I need to know that

  • Allie

    I am a mix between those two

  • Rae

    Could you do a video on how to do this one on yourself? I’ve tried a few times and I just cant get the fingering right. Help!

  • Zoe W

    you guys should make videos of cutte things to wear to school that are really in right now and tell where you got them. I dont have the best fashion sense compared to my sister.


  • Cara

    A friend recently showed me a trailer for Disney’s new movie Frozen (the trailer was in french if you are interested in looking it up) and it seems like there are many beautiful hairstyles going to be featured in it. Will you be doing tutorials for these hairstyles? The bun that Elsa wears at her coronation is simply gorgeous!

  • What kinds of shampoo did you use for your daughters?
    Your daughters hair look smooths and shinny.
    My hair really frizzy after I shampoo my hair and its hard to brush too . So can you tell me please!!! Thanks

  • Kat

    What???? i dont get all the words where are all the step by step pictures???

  • Kayla

    I did this on my 3 year old daughter and it was so cute. I wished my 9 year old step-daughter’s hair was long enough to do some of these hairstyles.

  • abby

    i am most like bailey because i am a girly girl but brooklyn in cool too


  • brooklyn

    Hello! I absolutely love this!!!!
    Can u plz do a hairstyle on Brooklyn??? I love her hair!!and.. we have the same name!!!

  • 15 yo diy hair styler

    Hi, I am a big fan of your blog, and I was wondering if you could do a french or dutch version of this braid?

  • Sunny

    I think I’m most like Brooklyn because Im a twinny. I’m 13 and I am more boyish than my sister (her names bailey!) Shes more like the bailey of the 2 of us because she is girlier but we still enjoy a lot of the same things.

  • Kate

    I think I am most like Brokklyn!! I love her style and I am not really into a bunch of girly things. Tell Brooklyn and Bailey to start reading the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer!! Love your videos!!

  • Sumaiya

    I am one of the biggest fans of cute girls hairstyles and brooklyn and bayleigh. I think i am alot like brooklyn and bayleigh because i love the outdoors and sports but i have to admit that im a huge fashionista and i care about how my hair and my clothes look. i am also a bit like cgh3 because i can be very shy at times. I loved the babysitting tips and all the great hairstyles!!!!!!

  • Emma

    I think I am like Brooklyn, because I am the total nature lover, boyish, fantasy-freak kinda person. I would do ANYthing to learn how to use a sword or bow and arrow. I love spending time outside and hiking in the mountains. Sometimes, a little bit of girly pops in, but I’m usually a wild girl who doesn’t care how she looks.

  • Calee

    Do u think I could get somebody to help me?

  • Calee

    And like how did u two start?
    Cause I’m Only eight

  • Calee

    I want to know what age to start at?

  • I am a hairstylist and i am really impressed with this style. Brooklyn is looking very pretty.

  • Emma

    Love this braid. Easy when you get the hang of the stranding and a great style for my daughter’s cheer practice. Always get lots of comments.

  • Angelina

    I am kind of a mix of brooklin and bailey

    PS. There is this movie called ever after where they got beautiful hairstyles you should see it and do tutorials 🙂

    Sorry for the spelling mistakes, I am a mexican girl.

  • Jasmine

    What if u put that in a bun

  • Andrea

    Also, I LOVE your site. Thank you for all the fantastic ideas and tutorials!

  • Andrea

    I do a really simple version of this where you divide the pony in half, do a two strand twist with each section and then twist the two sections together. The twists need to be the same direction and you have to twist the twists the right way or it won’t chain up correctly, but I love that round rope look!

  • This hairstyle is so cute .My hair is not long enough though ,will you do some hairstyles for not short but mid-length hair?Those babysitting tips were awesome .I love babysitting little ones !!! Thanks for all the great hairstyles,Kathryn

  • mm6000

    I think I’m most like Brooklyn because I like playing football but I’m also a little bit of a girly gir

  • Janie

    I think bailey

  • Ella

    I’m like Brooklyn because i’d rather be outside than play doll. I also love FOOTBALL!!!!!!

  • Ella

    I’m like Brooklyn the most because like her i’d rather go oustside instead of doing girly things