January 23, 2012

Cage Braid Ponytail | 5-Minute Hairstyles

This unique braided hairstyle is lesser known, but it is making the rounds on Pinterest from a few wonderful sites.

What I love most about this braid is how easy it is to do, however the finished product looks so complicated {like you spent an hour on it}! If you know how to French Braid, you can do this hairstyle easily with only a small tweak to the stranding!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid

When you are finished braiding, you simply grab the center part of the braid about 1-2 inches below the ponytail holder. Then, gently pull that part of the braid up over top of the ponytail holder {secure it there} and the whole braid literally “pops” out into a super-cute 3D braid!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid Ponytail

After watching the video, you can clearly see why this hairstyle is called a “cage braid” because the style effect looks very much like a ribcage. My girls and I fully plan on using this braid in a Halloween hairstyle using a red-heart bobby pin stuck in the right side of the cage.

It would also make for a fun Christmas party hairstyle because the braid could easily be decorated as a tree! Many fans will likely use it for Crazy Hair Day because it does have a very unique look to it!

Although I know this hairstyle may not be for everyone, I promise you will receive many compliments from people on it, with most wondering how in the world you were able to do it! Our secret is… that it only took 5 minutes! How neat is that???


Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two ponytail holders, 4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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  • anne

    i love your channel and i love your videos. i have used many of your styles on myself, and lots of my friends.This cage braid is super cool, tried it! I was just wondering if you could possibly post a video on how to do cornrows. I think that they look really cool and i want to know how to do them.

  • Doris

    I love this for my daughter. The only problem is that her hair is so thick and I can’t get the bobby pins to stay in when I pull the braid up at the top. Do you have any tips on how to pin it up?

    • mrshairdo

      Try crossing the bobby pins when you put them in. That helps the hair be more secure. xoxo

  • janeth

    very nice,super cute.i difenitely making differents braids of my hair…so nice

  • Kel Mo

    That is so cute!

  • Jessica

    Love this doo! It’s super unique and something new. Can you do a little rendition on it by making it into a bun? That would be awesome 🙂

  • Really pretty 🙂 🙂 :!

  • hi Mindy I do hairstyles too. I love your kids and you in the YouTube videos. you inspired me to make a website and I use your styles. I put a link to here so everyone that looks at it will know. I tell my friends about you EVERYDAY. I LOVE YOUU!! check out my site!!!!!!!! http://www.deenemsworld.webs.com
    thxxx, Deanna, New York

  • hi Mindy you inspire me to express myself and I tell all my friends about you. I have a website that I post hairstyles and some are yours, so I have you all over the site. I love you and your kids when you do a video on YouTube. check out my website!! thxxxx, Deanna, new York

  • So cute

  • Julia

    That is so cute
    i tried it but i didnt quite work is their a tip?????

  • Kalani

    I did this! It’s awesome. My hair is longer though, so we had to do it a little different. pictures are going up on my blog.

  • Tiarra

    I love this hairstyle!

  • Tiarra

    Love this hairstyle!

  • giana

    I like the cage braid because it makes a wonderful bun like thing.

  • monique

    the cage braid ponytail is a wonderful hairstyle

  • om omran

    شكرا جزيلا على جهودك المبذولة فعلا سهلة التعلم وجميلة..

  • rachel

    hi mindy you are great at hairstyles, i watch this channel all the time and i use the hairstyles but i also make my own version of the one u do.. im a doing a competition at college and the theme is to do with culture, have you got any hairstyles that represent culture and big hair xxx

  • Dear cute girls hair styles can you do mea flower Brade on Sunday prefrably £3.20 as also my birthday is on Christ mas day anyway I love your website but I can’t do any and i am almost 10 on Christmas day so if your free can you do it for me or your letting a poor child down

  • Sherry

    You are AMAZING. Thank you so much for doing the tutorials. My daughter competes in beauty pageants and the judges always comment on what cute hair styles she has. I’m in LOVE with your site.

  • Taylor

    Hey Mindy! Im in love with your website!! Can you sugggest some easy do it yourself hairstyles for me please! That would be great! Thanks!

  • Stanca

    Hey Mindy, I’ve just recently become addicted to your blog! 🙂
    I did this braid last Sunday on my daughter and we got a lot of compliments at church; and a request for the link to your blog! 🙂
    I’m so glad that a few years ago you decided to go ahead with this “lame” idea! 😉 Thanks!!!


  • Meg

    It’s so easy and the result is amazing.
    Is there any way to do this on shorter hair?
    Thank you Mindy!!!!!!

  • Hayley

    Mindy, I was wondering if, on your website, you could give an explanation as well on how to do the hairstyle, I have an iPad 2 and the videos take forever to load.
    Thanks so much, Hayley

  • Rachel

    I love this hairstyle i did it with a half ponytail on my sister and everyone loved it. Thanks Mindy!

  • isa

    love this braid! i did it on my mom, but i don’t think i can do this by myself… greetings from Holland/the Netherlands

  • Pippa

    So cute! Thanks so much! Keep up the good stylin!

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  • HAnna

    still looks complicated to me…

  • that is so cool it likes like a lobster tail !!!!!!!!! : )

  • Natalie

    Thank you so much. I love your tutorials and so do my girls!! They are so easy to follow and we are doing this one tomorrow. Did the lady gaga bow today for “fancy hair day”at school and everyone thought I was the cool clever mum! Didnt tell them that I sat in front of the internet and did it step by step!! Thank you soo much for making me look like a great mum!



  • sammy123

    it would be funny if it was a Christmas hairstyle. You could add mini ornaments on the hair strands

  • katrina

    you are great at what you do i love the hair styles

  • katrina

    HI mindy can you do a video of one that is good for sports thank you so much if you do you just saved my life

  • Es

    Hi Mindy!! Can you make a video of a hairstyle you can wear to the pool or beach?? Thanks

  • Mary

    I did this style on my 9yo this morning without telling her what to expect. She looked in the mirror and was astounded. She is active, so it may not hold all day, but it sure looked great this AM and was so easy!!

  • Louise

    This Cage Braid is amazing, my daughters teachers are amazed be it when she went to school, thank you xx

  • Emma

    Wow! This is so cool. I have a dance coming up at my high school called “Morp” (Prom backwards) and you not supposed to wear anything formal, just funky clothes like neon colors and I didn’t know what to do with my hair. I saw this and it is so perfect because it is crazy yet not too “childish”, I guess you could say. I also saw the chalk highlights and I thought that it was super cool.

  • Hi Mindy,
    Your rib cage braid is pretty cool. Nice job. There is already another kind of braid called the cage braid. It is a french braid variation where you only grab a small section of hair from the outside of the head to add into the braid, and you don’t have to add in hair for every plait. I found a picture of one here. http://www.natural-hair-care-info.com/medieval-hairstyles.html

  • ISA

    j’habite en france,et apres avoir decouvert votre site ,j’en fais plein à mes filles
    vous etes super et quel talent !!
    bises de FRANCE

  • Lauren

    Do you have any tips for thin hair? For example, I love the “Lauren Conrad” braid across the front, but when I do that with my daughter’s hair it always will show through in the back where I pin it. Same with my hair.
    Any other tips for thin hair would be great. Your daugther’s hair looks nice and thick.
    Thanks and I love this website.

  • Cara

    This is so sweet! I’m going to have to try this on my friend soon… do you think this would work for shorter hair as well?

  • Thank you for all your great ideas. I have four girls and before you, all I did was pony, braid or piggy tails. Now I am so much better and cool hair styles. You are a lifesaver.

  • Steacey

    Super cute! I am doing that this weekend. Thanks for all your great ideas and your easy to follow tutorials. I love your site!

  • kristine m

    you have taught me so many differant ways to do hair.. Everyone asks me about my girls hair.. I have taught many myself thanx to you.. thank you from Saskatoon saskatchewan…

  • kristine m

    very nice… im totally doing this one….