October 28, 2012

Leather Accent Loony Braids | Cute Braids

Since Halloween is only a few days away, we decided to show you what CGH#3 wants to be for Halloween! She did not want to be a fairy, or something scary… she wanted to be someone from history. The challenge is to come up with cute Halloween hairstyles!

We, of course, were going for Pocahontas, but are very careful not use the character name in the tutorial due to our contract with Disney, so we are calling this a “Native American Princess” hairstyle.

Loony Braid with Leather Accents

{* Note from Mindy:  Please note, my daughter’s choice in dress this year is not in any way mocking an indigenous culture and is nothing more than an honor and celebration of it.  She has been studying early American history in school this first semester, talks about Native American culture every day, and has been checking out books at the library and reading them on her own. She loves the stories of Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Not sure if any of our fans, know this, but our youngest daughter is 1/16th Native American {from her great-great grandmother}.  We honor and celebrate all cultures in our home.}

Given all of our braided hairstyles to choose from, we simply could not settle for a 3-strand braid. We wanted something a little different, so decided to accent an idea from one of our old videos called Loony Braids.

  1. We began by parting the hair down the middle of the head, and into two side ponytails. We then took a basic strand of crafting leather, doubled it over, and secured it around the ponytail.
  2. The next step is to grab the whole ponytail and use it as one of the three braiding strands along with the two remaining strands of leather. {Yes, the hair actually becomes the 3rd strand!}
  3. Once I braided to the end of the ponytail, I secured it with a clear hair elastic and cut of any excess leather. You could also simply take the remaining strands of leather and create a bow at the end.
  4. Repeat the same steps as above on the other ponytail…

Loony Braid with Leather Accents | Pocahontas Braids

Loony Braids with Leather Accents | Cute Braid Ideas

You can see that by braiding the two small strands of leather along with the ponytail acting as the 3rd strand, that the resulting braid has a very fun zig-zag look to it!  You can pull out the elbows of the braid to make the braid look more “jagged”, but we left the braid as is for this style.

This can be an everyday braid, and you can substitute pretty much anything in place of the leather for a different accented look.  You can use ribbon, colored yarn/string, strips of fabric, old necklace chains, etc.


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, leather strands, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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  • Tara

    That is soooo cute! My daughters has the same costume!!!! 🙂 love your children and all of your hairstyles!!!!

  • mm6000

    you are so awesome I love your video’s

  • Annie

    Hi, i am native american and i am taking offence to this post.

    • Annie,
      Well you shouldn’t, they subtitled that they will never mock anyone’s ethnicity. So if you take offense they didn’t mean it.

  • i love u cutegirlshairstyles merrry christmas.
    love you now i know how to do every hairstyle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for halloween i wanted to be a idian princes and i wore
    this hairstyle !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sarah

    I LOVE your website! Normally I just put my hair in a ponytail, but we (my mom helps xD) tried some braided hairstyles and they’re great! I’ve gotten many compliments too! You said how your daughter loves Native Americans…have you ever heard of American Girl dolls? There is a Native American one, and she (there are many other ones too) has really long hair that is fun to braid/play around with!

  • you should do some more buns and french braids. Oh and my friend always your videos(same age as me and your twins)and we LOVE them

  • hey mindy your hairstyles are SO cute! hey i saw that twins were in 7th grade and 12yrs old me too! i just thought that was cute

  • Elizabeth

    First, I havwe watched alot of your videos….you do AMAZING work! I have a request for a video. (you may already have it up & I just havent seen it yet also). Can you do a basic tutorial on french braid? I also heard that you have to start your french braid different than a regular braid. Could you clear up my confusion?
    Thank you so much in advance! :~)

  • Hey mindy you are the best hairstylist EVER:) My friends and I always watch the videos !!!!!!

    • You like one direction