August 12, 2012

The Knotted Headband | Back-to-School Hairstyles

I always appreciate when our fans email links or photos of hairstyles I have not seen previously.

This knotted headband style was emailed to us by a fan from St. Petersburg, Russia and we really loved the look of it!

The Knotted Braid Headband | Braided Hairstyles

It looks complex, but if you know how to do the first step of tying your shoelaces, then you can certainly do this braid! The pattern to the braid is essentially overlaying loose square knots.

  1. I started with the hair wet, and used a little pomade to control the flyways.
  2. You then take as small section next to the part, and divide it in two, and interlace them just like the first step of tying your shoe. I then did this two more times, each time adding the top strands to an alligator clip.
  3. After creating your third set of strands, bring the first two strands under the next two, and interlace them again just like the first step of tying your shoe.
  4. Repeat these steps until the braided headband has the look you want.
  5. Secure the end with a bobby pin and spritz with hairspray as desired.
  6. When the hair dries, the loops of the knots spread out a little and look absolutely gorgeous!

This braid is perfect for any formal occasion, or for dancers, cheerleaders, or simply wearing around town! It can also be worn in any number of combinations for a super cute and unique hairstyle!

The Knotted Braid Headband | Cute Hairstyles

The Knotted Braid Headband | Back-to-School Hairstyles

The knotted headband is also great for women of any age! Β We have worn it on my CGH#4 {fourth daughter with short hair}, and I have done this braid on myself as well!

I guarantee you will certainly receive lots of compliments on this hairstyle! Β Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, pomade, 1 small hair elastic, 1-2 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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  • Rosalin Trabal

    Love it ! πŸ˜‰

  • Jana Klement

    I tried this on myself but I think this one kind of hard to do without help. Plus I am really not good when it comes to braiding headbands

  • megha bhokare

    Hi Mindy I absolutely love your hairstyles but some I cant do on myself it would be great if u could do some hairstyles on you it would be great if you could thanks keep more hairstyles coming. So Cute hairstyle
    Share β€Ί

  • chichi okonkwo

    can you try the knotted headband on kinky hair.

  • carly

    Hi Mindy I absolutely love your hairstyles but some I cant do on myself it would be great if u could do some hairstyles on you it would be great if you could thanks keep more hairstyles coming

  • Sophie

    CGH! First of all, I wanted to let you know that I absolutely LOVE all of your styles and videos. You are very clear on things and I really appreciate that. I LOVE doing hair but unfortunately, my 5 sisters I have have super super thin hair and normally doesn’t end up looking right. I wanted to try some stuff on my hair but there isn’t I lot I can do on myself. Would it be possible to make a section for styles to do on yourself? Thanks!

  • kia

    I just love love love your styles❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️

  • Lili

    hair care

  • Raven

    I’m probably WAY too late but I would like to see a hair care video πŸ™‚

  • Do have any hairstyles for basketball or spirit day and does my comment go straight to you

  • carle

    hair care what ever I do I can never get my hair to be shinny or no flakes

  • hey! how do you contact brooklyn and bailey?
    I am 11 years old and i know this hairstyle by heart! i tried it on my
    little sis! easy!

  • Love these knotted headbands! Thanks for the great post.

  • Grecia Castellanos

    HI Mindy!! m a really big fan!! I wished my mom was as good as you!! So I have to do all my hairstyles, but i was wondering If you could start posting back to school hairstyles?? Please!:0

  • I and my daughters have extremely long hair. Beaula’s is past her knees, Haddasah’s is to her waist (kinky, tight, frustratingly curly), and mine is to the middle of my thighs. Needless to say, we are always looking for fresh new styles. You, my dear, have become my favoritesteders person. Have already sub’d to YT.

  • I’d love to know what you use on your hair and your children. I have a 3 year old little girl, and a 1 year old little boy, and I’m starting to wonder if it is time to move on from Johnson’s head to toe…at least with my daughter.


    • mrshairdo

      Hi Amanda! Thanks for your comment! We did post our hair care routine last year, simply search “Hair Care” in the search box of this website. It should pull right up! If not, you can also find the same video on our YouTube channel by searching the same terms. Thanks so much for commenting!

  • Rhea

    Can you do this on your self?

  • I would like to see a hair care tutorial, because my hair is kind of hard to manage and i would like to see how you and ur kids keep your hair so beautiful.

  • I would love to see both, like what’s ur favorite product lately and on how to care for ur hair:) thanks for all ur videos they are awesome and I use a lot of them on my 7year old daughter

  • Just wanted to say thank you for an easy to follow informative video. πŸ™‚

  • Viviana

    Le tue acconciature sono meravigliose…saluti
    Dall’Italia… Viviana

  • I loved the look of this one SO much that I instantly tried it out. I LOVE IT! It’s such a unique look and is perfect for keeping my hair back in yoga! Thanks for putting up such wonderful tutorials, I’m a fan for sure! I’ll be doing the ladder braid tomorrow!

  • Jessica

    WOW!!! I wore this to school the other day for my birthday, everyone was like “How did you do that, its so amazing!!!”. This is one of my fav hairstyles. You’re very talented Mindy!!!

  • Stacey

    Hi. You usually mention using pomade on hair. I am from Australia and have never heard of pomade, so I looked on eBay. I found murrays pomade, but am wondering which is better, the light version or the original superior? My daughter does have thin straight hair, but she has a lot of hair. Thanks.

  • Autumn

    You and your daughters have amazing hair and it looks really easy to work with so i would like to see the haircare videos!!!!!!!!

  • Love this hairstyle but I can’t do it

  • Sophie

    I will try this on my sister. I would like to see hair care

  • Maggie

    Thank you so much for tutorial. I read it first and got a headache. My two daughters will love this braid!!!!!! Keep it up.

  • i wish i could learn how to do that it looks really pretty and i wish i could do that to my own hair. πŸ™‚

  • Sara

    Thanks so much for sharing! As a Zumba instructor, I am constantly looking for fun ways to have my longer bangs and short hair pulled back- I mean, after a while a pony tail everyday just makes you feel like a bore. Thanks for sharing your talents and taking the time to put a video tutorial together for people like me who need to SEE how it’s done!

  • I love this video! I hve three grandaughters that I want to try it on. Keep’em coming !!!

  • love it i wore to school on the first day of school.
    i was getting alot of comments.

  • Angie

    Thank you for this! I am not a “hair person” but this looks like something even I can do! Cannot wait to try it on my daughter!

  • Erin

    I want to know your best product for frizzy hair! I have so many fly aways and I can’t find a good product.

  • Jacinta

    Love it so much I think hair care tutorial πŸ™‚

  • Avy

    Amazing.! I’m tried it on my hair and it looked great. You should also do a hair care tutorial.

  • Crysta

    Mindy, I love the subway vinyl in the background….did you make this? or buy it!? I want something similar for our home! Love it! Also, my 3 girls love the knotted headband! :0)

  • Jacklynn

    That is such an adorable hairstyle! I wonder if it will be an easy to do yourself hairsyle? I’ll find out πŸ™‚

  • jillian

    it is SOOOOOO cool and easy and everyone at school will think it is awesome! thanks Mindy!by

  • zoe

    i love cute girl hairstyle, if i saw that hairstyle on street i would think: wow that must be hard to do. but after seeing this video its easy πŸ™‚

  • Jordyn Crandall

    I love this hair style!!!!!! My mom is going to try it on my hair today, maybe it will look as cute as yours. Thanks for your videos, we really enjoy them.

  • Georgina

    I love this hairstyle!!! All the girls at my school are always telling me that I should try different hairstyles, so this website really helps! Thanks so much!!!

  • Susan

    The hairstyle is lovely but all I couldn’t help but be a bit shocked at all the orders issued without a single ‘please’. Nothing like a bit of basic manners.

    • Ashley

      Ummm. This is a “how to” video. I am not sure why she should be asking you in a permissive way to take a piece of hair and do whatever the next step is. It’s AMAZING that she does this and this is out there for all of us to watch for free. We should be the ones saying please and thank you! Please keep doing what you are doing Mindy–you are freaking amazing!

  • Rhiannon

    Does it work with curly hair? Also I have short bangs like 3 and a half inches long will that work? I tried to do it on my other side of my hair and it hurt when I tightened it. So yeah reply please keep it up Mindy!

  • Sabryna

    Love this hairstyle, how can I do this on my own hair because I have thick hair and i layers and bangs. I tried to do this and it kind of worked but everytime I try to try to do it, it just gets loose and then it just falls out? Please help me and by the way your daughter is absolutely beautiful!!!! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  • Amy

    Love the hair style! I always love new ideas or my girls & mee too! I want to see a tutorial on your hair style in the video! It’s darling!! I want to see more of ideas on what to do with “mom’s hair”!!

  • Sammyblamster

    I want to know how to take care of my hair better. So the hair taking one, please. πŸ˜‰

  • Mary

    I have 3 girls’ and they all have very thick hair. So when I do their hair it really tends to get in the way. So I was wondering where I could find those alligator clips that you used in the video. Please help me. Thanks so much.

  • Kari

    Loved the video! I am great at braiding but have 2 daughters that really want something different now… this is great and seems relatively easy. Thanks for your tutorial. I’d love to see more of them!

  • Gretchen

    Just finished watching this with my 10yr. old daughter and we may be able to do it :). I have 4 girls and would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on hair care and maintenance…their ages range from 2 – 12…we have lots going on in the hair department and would appreciate any advice, thanks!

  • alisa

    LOVE the tutorial! I really want to leave how to do these things.

  • Gloria

    Loved your tutorial. Can wait to try it on my grand daughters. I prefer tutorials to product favorites. Products are personal and subjective to the many many differences in budget, hair type and hair color. The tutorials, however, cross all those lines and help us all!

  • Karina

    Beautiful!!! Tottaly love it… I will preffered the tutorials!!! Thanks for that amazing style.

  • How beautiful is your girl (and hairstyle too, of course)! God bless you.


  • Carla

    Thank you so much for your tutorials! I have 1 girl and 3 boys so I have to get all my “girl fun” in while she still let’s me. She has always hated getting her hair done because of her beautiful natural curls but now due to your great tutorials and watching someone else having it done without complaint and also the final product we both get to enjoy hair dos again.
    Thankful mom

  • Sandi

    Are you kidding me?! That hair braid is fantastic!! And your daughter is B-E-A-UTI-FUL!! Just found you girlies tonight. Can’t wait for next installment. Open that door and let you lil’ girl join the party, cause she is missing out!! (I am almost tempted to wake my little angel so I can try this braid out on her now!)

  • Sandi

    Are you kidding me?! That hair braid is fantastic!! And your daughter is B-E-A-UTI-FUL!! Just found you girlies tonight. Can’t wait for next installment. Open that door and let you lil’ girl join the party, cause she is missing out!! (I am almost tempted to walk my little angel so I can try this braid out on her now!)

  • Mindy

    I love it!

  • Heather

    I tried to do this today after watching the tutorial. Couldn’t do it, at least not without a third or fourth hand… That’s ok though, I adapted it and was able to come up with a new braid, even if it wasn’t this one!

  • Absolutely loved it. Trying it on my grandaughters and they will adore it and want to know about more different styles. Thank you so much for your efforts in creating this.

  • Dana

    OMG!! i love that hair style its so beatiful!
    at first i didn’t know how to make it then i watched it like 5 times then i knew hoe to make it
    thanks πŸ˜€

  • Sarah

    I love your video! I have three girls and I am always looking for new braids and hairstyles. I would to see you do both videos.

  • Martha baird

    Tutorial please

  • Martha baird


  • Shawna

    Hair care!!! I love so many of your hairstyles. I wasn’t able to french braid the first time I watched a video with your help I have learned more braids than I knew about. Thank you so much!

  • Amy

    I just love the tutorials, please keep them coming. My daughter has wavy hair. I have to keep it shoulder length because it gets very knotted. Any suggestions from keeping it knot free. Thanks

  • This is no doubt amazing, but there are some hairstyles which are tough to do on our selfs, I would be thankful to you if show doing the tough ones on your hair. Thanks :).

  • stella

    is this very tough to take down/out? looks great!

  • Melinda Livingston

    Hair tutorial for sure! πŸ™‚

  • Layla

    Thank you sol much!! I tried it and it’s so easy and cute!!!

  • Lisa

    I would love to know how you care for their hair. My 9yr loves to do new styles,being very blonde and past her hips sometimes her bottom. It is hard to keep it from breaking.

  • lauren

    Both!! πŸ™‚ haha only if you can do both…you’re daughter’s and yourself have beautiful hair. So, if you can’t do both, i would say hair care please!! πŸ™‚

  • Jen

    Hair care tutorial! Please and thank you πŸ™‚

  • Lauren

    Hair care! And also I saw your hair at the end of it. Is that a braid or what is that? And also could you do a tutorial on that? It looked really pretty! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Judy

    Haircare !!! Wonderful site. How I wish you were doing this when my 33 year-old daughter was young.

    Any easy suggestions for fairly short hair?

  • Chloe

    hair care!

  • Noey

    I was wondering if you have a middle part? I want to do this for picture day tomorrow

  • Kendra

    Hi Mindy, I’m still having some trouble with doing this hairstyle on myself (because my hair is so slick) and I would like a haircare video. Thank You!

  • Ashlee


  • Kerri

    My girls and I love this! Doing my girls hair has never come naturally to me, I usually just do basic things. But I can do this! It doesn’t look quite as good as yours,yet, but I will keep practicing! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  • Riki

    I would love a haircare tutorial as my daughter and I have fine hair lie your daughter’s in the video and I would love to know what kind of products you recomend to keep it healthy and strong.

  • Jamie and Emily

    We would love to how you care for your hair and your girls. Every one of them has gorgeous, healthy hair!

  • Christina

    I did the knotted headband on my four year old today and I loved it. It looked so cute and I could actually do it. Thank you so much.

  • Christine

    hair care!

  • LIKE!!!!!!
    Love you page!!!
    I will try it.

  • Hair care tutorial, please.

  • Lori

    The headband was really cool. My oldest has curly hair, but the top layer is straight so I think this style would be a great way to show off her curls

  • Melody

    My vote is for hair care.
    Love your blog.

  • Mikela

    Hair care!

  • It’s so pretty! I love romantic hairstyles!

  • Martine

    Love your page! I would love to see a haircare tutorial as your girls look like they have well cared for hair x

  • crystal

    I would love a hair care tutorial! I also do atleast 4 of your styles a week and I get tons of compliments. However my daughter just began to cheer and I was wondering if you have any updo’s that are different then the ones already posted? I have fun with the ones so far but I would like to try something new. She also has to wear a big hairbow for cheering. Thx so much for this website, WE LOVE IT!!!

  • Skyler

    Please do a haircare tutorial!!! thnx!!!!!!!

  • Rachel

    cute hairstyle btw haircare please

  • Amy George


  • Genny

    I would love to see a hair care tutorial for adult hair and little girl hair. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

  • Jenny

    Hair care!

  • Sarita

    Love It!!!!

  • I will like a hair please

  • Ellysha

    i would like to see a haircare video lots of love

  • Heather S

    Both. πŸ˜€ I’d be really interested in products that help to strengthen hair. I have 2 girls and I’m always fixing their hair. I try to do hairstyles that don’t use elastics close to the scalp because it breaks their hair then creates lots of flyaways. But I also try to use hairstyles that will stay for a couple days because I can’t always get to it everyday, and they don’t like having it fixed everyday. With so many flyaways the hairstyles don’t last very long or look all fuzzy by the second day. Love this chain braid, btw. Going to try it out on Sunday for church.

  • Pink

    Hair care tutorial please!
    This is a wonderful hairdo, but I’d like to know if I could do this in curly hair… Please tell me!

  • Jenelle

    Love this! Will definitely be doing this on both my dd’s who have long hair. We love trying different styles. Haircare tutorial would be great.

  • mary

    I would like to see both me and my oldest daughter phase natural curly hair so these hair styles have been great. My other daughter has a little bit of curl.

  • I would really love both!! And if that’s not possible, why not have a fav hair product vid with a haircare tip every month, best of both worlds. Really love what you do, thanks!!

  • Danielle

    hair care tutorial. My daughter and I love trying all of the different hair styles you do!! Thanks!!!

  • Jenn

    Loved watching your video. I have three young girls and am very excided to try this tomorrow for school. I love any kind of braid and this new knot idea is amazing. Happy hairdo’s.

  • omg! I watched this video and then tried it on my daughter, and was actually able to do it successfully! This is a big deal for me, since I usually can’t complete a braid without giving up and just throwing her hair up into a ponytail. THANK YOU!

  • Brianne

    Haircare tutorial! PLEASE! My hair is thinning as I age (eeekkk….) but my daughter still has 4-yr-old thick hair. Haircare might help both of our heads! THANKS!

  • Liz

    Hair care tutorial!!!

  • Sarah

    Hair care please πŸ™‚

  • Bonnie

    I would really like to see both. My daughter has thick hair that knots really easy underneath. I have been doing your hair styles since Maggie was 3 or 4. We receive so many compliments. Thanks for making me look like an expert.

  • This is such a cute hair style, for all ages actually! I love the site, so many good ideas. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Meg

    I would love to see a hair care tutorial with a little about the products you use thrown in.

    This hairstyle is SO CUTE! I can’t wait to try it on my siblings and myself. Defiantly will be wearing this one for a while.

    Thank you for everything Mindy!

  • Grace

    i love the russian headband! ps HAIRCARE

  • That’s really interesting and creative , you should do hair are because in Australia we don’t have the same hair products and I’m have long and hard to handle hair thanks !!

  • Denise

    Greetings from Ireland!
    I’m a big fan of your website and have been using your great hair designs since my daughter was 3.I can’t tell you how many compliments she has received for her(your’s really!) hair styles.
    She has really thick flyaway prone hair that starts out lovely at 8a.m. and looks like a banshee’s by 3p.m.! What styles do you particularly recommend for its “stay-in” ability?
    I would love to see both videos really

  • Maria

    Hair care!!!!

  • taytay

    i think that you should do the hair care cause i have super curly and unmanageable hair.

  • I love this hair style, how does the pomade work? I haven’t played with that before. Part of me wants to see this knot continue over more of the head.

  • Mae

    hi Mindy!
    this is a nice hairstyle….but the moment i saw it i knew i’ve seen this one before.

    i learned this hairstyle from your friend hair blogger Kori at

    they called this hairstyle the “CHAIN LINK BRAID HEADBAND” posted March 12, 2012

    it has the same procedures. just to letting you know. the only difference i think is that you did the hair strands/knots much closer together than Kori’s. πŸ™‚

  • Virginia

    Amazing how many people wan a hair care tutorial.I would love one to.My hair is really pretty and thick but it gets frizzy and hard to control during the day.

  • Trissi

    Hair care tutorial!

  • Mindy,
    I’m not trying to gain followers, get you to talk about how wonderful my blog is in videos, etc. I just thought you might enjoy my blog. It’s sort of like a beauty channel in a blog:
    Definitely do the hair care routine!!! L-O-V-E your videos!!!
    Also remember, I’m not trying to gain followers or anything, just though you might enjoy my blog. A great blog is almost as good as a good book!

  • Claire

    I love this! It looks so complicated- then you realise it’s actually pretty easy (you make it look that way, I haven’t tried it yet). Anyway, I’d really like to see hair care. I always wish my hair looked as shiny as your girls’ hair.

  • Em

    My vote is for the hair care tutorial!

  • Jen

    I would like to see your girls favorite monthly style. I’m curious what style the kids like to wear the most,

  • grace

    i think tht it would be nice to do both cuz people are interested in your fav. products but the need help keeping there brittle hair polished it could be a 2 in 1 video like show how u use your fav. products and show how to use and how they help ur hair! hope i helped!

  • Miranda

    Very unique, have not seen this one before, cannot wait to try it on my girlie. I would love to see hair care tutorials. β™₯

  • Martine

    Can you post video,some Nice ways to Get curls and like your daughter have??:)

  • Megan

    I would like to see hair care. I have blonde hair and it seems to get very oil and if I don’t wash it every morning it looks aweful.

  • Love this hair style. Can’t wait to try out on my girls.

    I would love to see your fave’s.

  • Sarah

    I tried this last week,it was beautiful, but had a hard time doing left over right! LOL would it work right over left??

    I’d love the hair care tutorial.

  • Pat

    I would like to know what it is like to undo this hairdo. I love it, but I just wonder about that.
    Hair care would be a nice video.

  • Alecia

    I think i would be interested in both as well so whatever you decide i will be interested in… thank you so much for the way fun hair ideas!!! I just love them πŸ™‚

  • moonstonegirl

    please show a hair care tutorial..and u have to becuz now soo many people have requested it

  • tami

    i want to see the hair care. i have dandruff & hair loss. i’m only 32 hope you’ll be able to hellp

  • michelle

    I vote for hair care tutorial.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorials we love them


  • Brenda

    Love this! Hair care!! Have 4 girlies and would love to know how to best care for them. And for me too.

  • Kristina

    Mindy, What did you do in your hair for this video? It was really cute?
    I would be interesting in both videos too. They are both something that I am interested in!:)

  • Diya

    This one looks fantastic!

    I would love to see both of the videos, not only the hair care tutorial.

  • Love this! Will have to try it on my daughter for the first day of school!

    And I would love to see a hair care tutorial!

  • Peg

    Products for sure, but a bit about care thrown in here and there wouldn’t hurt either! You are amazing, thank you for sharing your gift! πŸ™‚

  • natalie

    I love using your hair ideas thank you so much

  • Alicia

    Thank you for sharing this great tutorial! πŸ™‚ i would love to know the hair care tips. Take care!

  • Nicole

    Hair care!!! Please one of my daughter has very thick dry hair and my other daughter has extremely fine hair but lots of it. So I would love to see what you do to keep their hair healthy.

  • Michelle S,

    Would love to see products of the month. Thank u so much for all the tutorials..before u I was all ponytails and I have the best styles to do on my 10 year old daughter. Great website.

  • Leslie M.

    I would love a hair care tutorial. That would be fantastic! Thank you for another wonderful hair style! I can’t wait to try it on my girls.

  • Lindsay

    Definitely want to see a hair care tutorial! Your girls’ hair is gorgeous!

  • Bre

    I would really like to see the hair care tutorial

  • Lily

    I would really like to see a hair care video my DD has really fine hair with lots of fly-aways and it is hard to make hairstyles look sleek and polished, thanks

    • lilly.d

      if you use coconut oil, it sleeks it down very well

  • Jessica

    I love getting new ideas from your site. I’d like to see some hair care tutorials.

  • Amy

    I am trying this on my girls tomorrow. So excited! I would love to see a hair care segment. Thank you!

  • Rebekah

    Hair care tutorials would be cgreat to see, and maybe you can throw in some of your fave products while you do that? πŸ™‚

  • Melanie

    Mindy, I love all your hairstyles and would love to see your favorites! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!!

  • stacy

    Hair tutorial – I loved watching you demonstrate – seems less intimidating after seeing vs. reading the directions.

  • Jen F

    I would love to see hair care tips. πŸ™‚ And I love this tutorial! I can’t wait to try it. πŸ™‚

  • MoMo

    hair care!!

  • Ava

    Oh yeah. How do I contact you Mindy??

  • Ava

    First one to comment! Yeah! Anyway, doesn’t knotting your hair a bunch of times hurt it and is it easy to get it out?

  • Kirsten

    Beautiful Hair style as always. Cant wait to try this on my daughter for school this week. I would love to see some hair care tutorials.

  • Mindy I would like to see the hair care because you and your girls have Beautiful hair and it looks really easy to work with and nice.

    • DD

      Hi Mindy,
      I do swimming and the chlorine is always messing up my hair, so I would like to see hair care.