Pancake Braids | Bohemian Hairstyles

Many of you noticed the cute braids that we included in the photos of the No-Heat Sock Curls Hairstyle tutorial, and asked if we could do a tutorial on it…

Great news, we actually filmed those braids on the sock curls that very day! I think you will admit that these braids are so super easy to do!

Close-up view of the Pancake Braid | Bohemian Hairstyles

Now, I know you are going to ask… but my twins started calling this style of braiding “Pancake Braids” since they were little, because the braids are flattened like pancakes. {I thought it was cute… so the name stuck!}

Back view of the Pancake Braid | Long Hairstyles

In order to flatten a braid, you simply make a normal three-strand braid and then tug on the elbows while holding the end of the braid loosely. Once you like the way the braid looks, you simply tie it off with a clear elastic band.

In this hairstyle, we used two pancake braids, one on either side of the top/front of the hair, and then pinned them up around the back of the head. This is what actually gives the hairstyle a beachy-Bohemian look that is so popular today.

Just imagine the compliments you will receive on this hairstyle with such gorgeous curls {using no heat, of course) and these cute braids as an combo!  I promise you that I will be the first to compliment you!


Items Needed: 2 clear elastic bands, 2-4 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. I LOVEEEE this website soo much!!! I’ve been searching the web for easy and quick tutorials!! These tutorials are so different for all the other complicated types!! Up till now, I had one hairstyle that I wore for most occasions. Now, I have hundreds!! 🙂

    1. I don’t think you could do it with hair shorter than shoulder length. But there is a link all the way at the bottom of this page that has a list of categories of hair styles. There are 56 hairstyles for short hair.

  2. Hey, I’m a 17 year old girl from The Netherlands and every week I check out your website. I totally love your posts, and most of the time I try to do it myself, mostly on my babysitting kids, because it won’t work on me.

    but this tutorial is amazing! I wear it almost every week!

    thank you for all these great posts, I will definitely keep watching your tutorials!!

  3. I wore this when I played the evil queen in our school play but I wove dark purple shimmery ribbon through the braids and then I pinned some ribbons in so the ribbons fell with the curls and looked super evil.

  4. I really like how this looks and I tried this but the sock curls looked HORRIBLE! I was very upset because I was expecting beautiful bouncy gorgeousness but I failed miserably. Is there any way to make the sock curls hold really well for extra thick hair??

    @Adele Fan: I got a pack of like 60 at walgreens but I’m sure you can get them at CVS as well!

  5. Hey Mindy!!!! I love your videos! It has helped me so much in the morning since my mom doesn’t have time to do my hair. I was wondering if you could tell us where we can buy the clear rubber bands. I can’t find them anywhere! Thanks!

  6. When we took out the sock curls this morning, my daughter said she sure wished I could braid her hair to look like the braids in the sock curl picture. I was so glad I had already watched this video. She was so thrilled to go to school today with beautiful hair!

  7. I am trying to figure out what style you have in your hair in this It looks a lot like the 3 twisted buns but a little more messy and maybe 4? Not like you don’t have enough hair styles or any thing already posted but…

  8. i love the hairstyles!
    keep posting more! And is there any simple way of wrapping that strand of hair around ur rubber band if u dont have a topsy-tail tool?
    Could u post some videos on what to wear when you go to school [some that are simple enough to do on yourself]

  9. i tried the sock curls but they never worked. Can you please please please please put on some videos that i can use for dance because i have tried it all! Pony tails, french braid, french braided headband, also a braid from the front section of my head going into a pony tail (also french braided) but i dont know how to explain this……i guess im just sick of them hahahahahahahhaa. The thing is i can do these hairstyles just not on myself. Tips?

  10. hey its the sleepover girls! we tried this hairstyle on our last sleepover… it was difficult,we failed… does it like only work with thin or thick hair or something? just wondering.

  11. OMG!just discovered your website and your hairstyles are amazing!
    Thanxs! LOL!! BTW why do u have 2 different pairs of earrings in. Just wondering!
    Ke$ha L8r

  12. Thank you for sharing all these great hairstyles. I look forward to the email every week. I really appreciate you and your family sharing your talents. I have learned so much from all these tutorials and my daughters hairstyles have improved so much! Thank you thank you!!!

  13. I love your website and visit it often, i am just curious in why you have two different earrings in? LOL just noticed it and was wondering. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!1

  14. I miss u soo much !!! Tell the girls I said hi!!! Can’t wait for more videos!! Jenny told me about the kook stuff u did while she was there!

  15. I love your new signature!:) Great video, love all of your work. I ecspecially would like to see more “Do it on yourself” styles that could easily be done. Love your work, and God Bless you and your family. 🙂

  16. Love the new do. I will try it on sunday. I don’t usually ask things like this but I LOVE your sweater. Can I ask where you got it if that isn’t too weird? (I am really into yellow and grey lately)

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