Chinese Staircase Braid

In this tutorial we will show you how to create the Chinese Staircase Braid. This braid has been on our “To Do” list for several years.  We wanted to teach this to you so you can add it to your braid arsenal and impress your friends and family!

Young girl outside modeling Chinese Staircase Braid (back)

Young girl outside modeling Chinese Staircase Braid

We first show you the “traditional” Chinese Staircase Braid and then literally add our own spin to it!  This hairstyle is for women and girls of all ages and can be used in any number of braid combos.  (We used a flip-under on top.)

Young girl outside modeling Chinese Staircase Braid (back)

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Items Needed: Brush, Rat-tail Comb, Spray Bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, Hairspray (if desired).

Time Requirement: 15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1. Pull hair back into a high ponytail.
  2. Before you begin, wet the ponytail.  If you don’t want to wet the hair you could also use hair gel.
  3. Take the ponytail and separate one small piece of hair on the outside right.
  4. With the small piece…. make a triangle shape- down and and up to the left. You will take it on top of the ponytail, around the back of the ponytail and pull through the triangle.
  5. Slide your piece up and grab another small piece, add it to the first piece and repeat step 4.
  6. You will continue this technique all the way down and secure with an elastic.
  7. See video for more detailed instructions as well as a “twist” to this hairstyle.

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Happy Hairstyling!

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  1. So… mother of five girls and trying to get better at doing hair. My first attempt at this style and I pretty sure I did my sections too large… as my daughter didn’t think it looked like the picture! But thats ok. Practice makes perfect. I will have plenty of practice! Thank you for the tutorial

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