How to Create a Chain Link Braid

My girls have worn this Chain Link Braid off and on for several years now, however my new, updated version has become a personal favorite of Brooklyn & Bailey recently.

Chain Link Braid | Hairstyles for Sports

I love this version much better, because I found a way for the twists to be much more secure than my previous Triple Twist Ponytail.

Since the girls are very active in dance, tumbling, and cheer, they are always looking for tighter hairstyles that will keep their hair out of their faces. {I am sure many other girls and moms are looking for the same thing!}

Chain Link Braid | Hairstyles for Sports

We are calling this the Chain Link Braid, simply because of the way you twist the hair… which makes it seriously look like the sequential links in a thick chain!

The twins’ friends have been wondering how to make this braid, so we thought we’d film a tutorial using our triple flip-unders as accents.

Little girl outside modeling Chain Link Braid

Little girl outside modeling Chain Link Braid

Little girl outside modeling Chain Link Braid

To see your photo recreations featured in our CHG App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHChainLinkBraid

This braid is perfect for any active sports, such as cheer, dance, gymnastics, volleyball, softball, etc, or for simple casual wear. The style is also unbelievably easy to create once you learn the twisting patterns!

Little girl outside modeling Chain Link Braid

Little girl outside modeling Chain Link Braid

Little girl outside modeling Chain Link Braid

Little girl outside modeling Chain Link Braid

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. I began with triple flipunders as a base accent, in the front of the head…
  2. Pull all hair into a high ponytail, and secure with an ponytail holder.
  3. Separate the ponytail into two equal sections…
  4. Clip one of the sections out of the way for now…
  5. Using the unclipped section, divide it into two equal strands…
  6. Twist both stands to the right…
  7. Now, twist them together going to the left {this creates a rope twist, which ensure that the rope braid will not unravel when you are done}…
  8. Continue rope twisting the braid, until you reach the end and secure with an elastic or have your daughter hold the twist…
  9. Next, unclip the rest of the ponytail that you had set aside previously…
  10. Again, separate it into two equal sections, twist them both to the right, and then twist them together to the left…
  11. Complete this process on the second section until you reach the end…
  12. Once you have the two twists completed, now twist them together going to the right {this is what causes the twists to spiral around each other, with the twisting causing the strands to interlock, create the chain link look you are going for}…
  13. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Chain Link Braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, the twins uploaded their Chubby Bunny Challenge video on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. Of course, they had me do it, too, and I nearly peed my pants laughing! Click below to watch the funny video!

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  1. i’ve done this braid soo many times and everyone thinks is a very difficult braid to make! love it!! love your ideas!

  2. Love this! You do the most fabulous hair and my daughter gets so many compliments. Thanks for doing this, I love to do hair and you make it so fun and easy!

  3. Hello I think your website is awesome and everyone in my year knows about t its sooo popular carry on with it coz everyone pove its sosoossooo helpfulllll tysm for creating thos blog ilyyyyy alll mindyy and the twinsss -ordinary 11 yr old frm england

  4. I love your blog and was hoping if you could do a hairstyle for naturally curly hair. A question for Brooklyn and Bailey, (This ones for Bailey or Kamri) What’s your everyday hairstyle. And for their next fasion video consider that Kamri could be in in too!

  5. Hi, Mindy!
    I love your hairstyles! I’ve been going on your website since 2013 and I have loved the experience to see you and your family and what you can create. It’s awesome how much you have changed since you first started this blog.:)

    I also love Brooklyn and Bailey and their videos. It’s amazing how much alike they are with me and my twin sister. I was just wondering if you could tell them that I think it would be awesome if they started a blog like this one! I know you don’t really answer the comments, so all I’m really hoping is that you’ll read this! Thanks!

    –A 12 year old who lives in Texas

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