Ladder Braid Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

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For this weeks’ tutorial, we essentially show you two tutorials in one!  First, how to create a Feather Braid, and secondly, how to use that braid to create a cute Ladder Braid into a side ponytail.

Close-up of Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

{We have used this braiding technique for awhile, although we are just now filming a tutorial… and some of my hair-blogging friends have great tutorials as well, such as Princess Hairstyles, Girly Do Hairstyles, and Babes in Hairland!}

My twins are learning how to recreate this fun braid in their own hair, which is why we show you how to use it in a cute side braid… because it is easier to do on yourself that way!

Side view of Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Back view of Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Portrait of a young girl modeling Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

The girls love this because the braid seems much more grown up than the simple ponytail version.

You will also note that this braid has a similar fun look as a few of our other ponytail combos, such as the Braided-Over Ponytail and the Side Fishtail Combo.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing all the hair over to one side, like you are gathering a side ponytail…
  2. Pick up a small section of hair on the underneath side of the head next to the nape of the neck, and secure the rest of the hair out of the way with a large hairband…
  3. Grabbing the small section, begin making a simple braid…
  4. As you go to cross over the outside-left strand of hair, pull out a tiny sliver-strand of hair and leave it out of the braid…
  5. Repeat the same with the next stitch of the braid. As you go to cross over the outside-left strand again, pull out a sliver-strand of hair and leave it out of the braid…
  6. Repeat until you have 2-3 inches left in the braid, and secure with an elastic.  This braid is what you call a Feather Braid.
  7. Now, release the rest of the hair from the large hairband and pick up another similar-sized small section of hair {this time near the front}…
  8. Braid approximately 4-5 stitches into this braid and then add the first sliver of hair from the Feather Braid into the middle strand…
  9. Complete one more stitch of the braid, and again, add in the 2nd sliver of hair from the Feather Braid into the middle strand…
  10. Continue until you run out of slivers to use, and then finish off with a normal braid and secure with an elastic. You should have a ladder looking braid sitting on top of the remaining hair.
  11. Now, reach your fingers through the bottom two “rungs” of the Ladder Braid and pull the remaining hair though the rungs…
  12. Remove both small elastics from the side braids, gather all of the ends together and secure with one hair elastic.


If you liked this hairstyle, please feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. Mindy ur family is great will you adpot me i want to have brooklynandbailey as my sisters please come to abudhabi once and ur more than welcome to come to our house if you came please i love brooklynandbailey and im just as old as them and dont forget adopt me!

  2. AMAZING. I love it i didn’t wear it yet but i will and i hope i get a bazillion comments. P.S very unique.

  3. I love your hairstyles!!! i seen all of your videos. you are very talented. you should carry on with what you’re doing. your daughters are beautiful!!!

  4. Hi Mindy! I just wanted to say: I love your hair tutorials! I’ve seen practically all of them! My mom is a nurse and she’s never home to do my hair, and she always says how she can’t do it! I told her to go to your youtube channel and hopefully she will soon! I always constantly go to your channel and do my hair for school. Im a 12 year old 6th grader. I always like it too when your daughters post videos of their tutorials too! My hair is medium lengthed and I want to grow it out long and thick. Do you have any tips on how to do it? I’ve already watched your hair care video and I was hoping you’d be able to help me with tips for growing it.
    Hopefully you can maybe get back to me… Thanks!

  5. wow mindy i love the ladder braid i am going to wear it to school tomorrow with a purple outfit and hat for my freind my friend she loves justin beiber and tomorrow is his birthday and he loves purple. i am not only going to wear it for her but for me i love one direction and i love liam and purple is also his favorite color and this is the perfect hairdo. i always go to your website when i am having a hair crisus. thank you so much

  6. Omg i never knew ii could comment! Just want to say i luv ur hairstyles! Keep it up! My mom gets annoyed when i play with my hair any ideas on cool hairstyles i can do that are unique plus i am 12 in middle school 7 grade. And how long do you cut your hair like how much times in a year. Ur daughters are geourgeous. (Dont mind me srry 4 writing so much)

  7. you are so talented, and your daughter has lovely hair. This tutorial is so fun but the end was kind of hard to do but, thanks.

  8. Did this one on my daughter this morning. For some reason it ended up on the back of her head instead of the side. Ooops! It still looked really cute, though!

  9. Mindy,
    I’ve been a hairstylist for 18 years now. I am floored at how talented you are!! You have renewed my love for doing hair!!!I enjoy watching your God given talent!!! Mary

  10. OH MY GOSH!!! I love it sooooo much!!! It is so unique and I just love it:) It is so cool. Where do you come up with all the AWESOME HAIRSTYLES? I am going to do it for church tomorrow. And I just want to say that you have the most AWESOME twins ever:) I am going to be turning 13 this year. How old are they?

    Love Rissa
    Thanks Mindy

  11. I love this hairstyle!!! I did it to surprise my dad an he said that was the first thing he seen an he loved it an told me so several times!! My hair is very very long so its hard to find something to do sometimes but this is by far my dads favorite. Thank you so much for posting this!!

  12. I was wondering what kind of mini elastics you use. Mine don’t stretch easily like that, it’s frustrating! 🙂

    1. When I need elastics, I go to the orthodontist I had a few years back (of course, I always offer to pay for them, and he’d refuse to let me pay). After I was finished with the elastics procedure I had to do with my braces, I had a lot of leftover ones. I learned that these things have amazing durability (after all, they have to hold up and help your jaw move, right?). They never break, and you can usually get them in either clear or colors. I realize this method wont be available to everyone, but for those who have the chance, take it!

  13. mindy, I love this hairstyle! It is so cool, and unique. Keep doing what you are doing. Last question. have you ever heard of Dressing YOur truth? It is so amazing. Please google it if you have never heard of it. Thanks.

    1. Have you ever tried the ladder braid in a crown? Or as a braided headband? The concept sounds great but I don’t think I can get my DD to sit still that long (she is 5).

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