Pull-Through Braid | Easy Hairstyles

My favorite hairstyles over the years happen to be the ones that are so easy to do, but they leave your friends wondering exactly how you did it!

Today’s braid is just like that! This came from Emily, a viewer who emailed me with a photo asking if I could recreate it.

Pull-Through Braid | Easy HairstylesThe style looks something like a simple braid, but the elbows are not offset… they are exactly the same, looking like little inverted hearts sitting on top of each other.

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Plus, this Pull-Through Braid is so easy, even a daddy can do it! {Although I can imagine dads getting out their Stanley tape measures to make sure that each stitch is exactly two inches long!}

Portrait of young girl outside modeling Pull-Through Braid | Cute Braids

Young girl outside modeling Pull-Through Braid | Easy Hairstyles

(Back) Young girl outside modeling Pull-Through Braid | Easy Hairstyles

(Back) Young girl outside modeling Pull-Through Braid | Easy Hairstyles

In the video below, I show you how to create a high-braid version on my third daughter.

Then my oldest, Brooklyn, shows you her DIY side braid version that she did herself in about three minutes this morning.


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 10+/- small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} Add any accent twists or braids to the top, before pulling hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Now, begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate the ponytail into two sections, a top section and a bottom section…
  4. On the top section, slide down about two inches and add a hair elastic {you can leave it slightly loose}…
  5. Next make a hole in the middle of that two-inch segment, and reach through the hole pulling through the underneath hair section…
  6. Cinch the back elastic upward to create a heart-shaped segment look…
  7. Now move down another two inches on your new top strand…
  8. Add a hair elastic, make another hole in the middle of the new segment, pull through the underneath hair strand, and cinch the back elastic upwards.
  9. Repeat Step #8 until you run out of hair…
  10. Now, secure both sections, at the bottom of the braid, together with one final elastic.
  11. Go back and pancake the hair {tugging on the elbows of each section} to flatten out the braid and give it a fuller, more beautiful look.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of the Pull-Through Braid!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Bonus Video: My twins below share a few of their favorite items for young teens who need a little help with their Christmas Wish Lists! They are so funny when we turn them loose with a camera!

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  1. Wouldn’t this be easier if you put the elastic on the bottom one, then split the top one, pull around to the bottom and put elastic on and so on? Wouldn’t need to pull through (which might make it a little messy with wispy bits). Going to try today

  2. This is one of my absolute favorite hairstyles that you guys have ever done! I have tried it on myself many times, and it always turns out perfect and stays in all day. I simply love your blog, and all the pictures are gorgeous! I recently did a blogpost called “Simple Styles for Sluggish Days” using you as inspiration, and you can find it as ssenn18.blogspot.com!



  3. Mother of two sons and now blessed with a granddaughter that loves braids. Hope she will sit still long enough for me to try this on her, we’ll see how the two year old’s patience is today!

  4. Hello. I wanted to say first that I love your videos. My daughter has long hair and YOU have taught me how to braid and do all kinds of beautiful things with her hair.

    I was wondering if there was some way that you could turn the pull through braid into a type of French braid? Meaning that it’s connected to the scalp all the way through until you get to the end. Kind of like a crown braid? I’m looking for something that will stay put during a two day road trip in unruly hair. If you could help at all or even make a video I would really appreciate it! Thank you! My daughter sends lots of love as well!

  5. Thank you so much for having this website. I am always trying to find new things to do with my stepdaughters hair. The pull-through braid was wonderful and she loves it!!! Thank you again

  6. My favorite is the ponytail:)It’s so cute!
    I have so many split ends (from frying my hair most days with my flat iron) that they stick out and ruin the look of the braid 🙁

  7. Hey I love these so much they we amazing and I hope u can make more ones but more which are abit simple and easy to do 😛 which only Take 2 mins to do in the morning of maybe school days xx thanks

  8. woow!! amazing this really helps me a lot to have an idea to present a simple braid in our class:)) thanks a lot

  9. hi! i am from across the border TIJUANA (Mexico) i just want to thank you for sharing all the hairstyles and part of you and your wonderful family with the world, love your videos….. i have a 6 year old girl, … when i was a little girl my mom always had me with very short hair and never did my hair, so i had this idea that i was not going to be able to do my little ones hair but because i found your videos, i realize that i can, and we are two happy chicks…. thanks Ale

  10. Hello, I love the pull through braid tutorial but the thing is I cant see behind me so I don’t know how to do it by myself for an everyday look

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