Cinderella French Braids


Hey everybody!

Can you believe New Years Eve is nearly here?! Crazy.

In anticipation of the new year, I have a super fun DIY hairstyle to show you all. It’s my Cinderella French braids.

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So, these aren’t supposed to look exactly like the braids Lily James wore in the movie “Cinderella,” but I did use them as inspiration, and they do look very similar. 🙂 I love wearing this hairstyle so much. It is definitely one of my most frequently used looks. I love messier hairstyles. They just look so effortless and beautiful.

level of difficulty: intermediate

time needed: 10 minutes

items needed: two elastics

1.) Start with a side part. You can do a middle part, if you’d like, though.

2.) Grab a large section of hair near your part-line. It doesn’t have to be exact, since Cinderella’s hair was rather messy looking. My section was probably two inches thick. Split into three strands.

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3.) Begin a regular french braid. Keep the braid going more straight back, rather than forming it too close to your ear. (Hopefully the pictures show you what I mean.) I think Lily James wore two lace braids, but I like to begin with a French braid, to kind of “anchor” the hairstyle in place all day.

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4.) Once you have french-braided for about three stitches, begin a lace braid. (Three stitches means you’ve added in hair and crossed the strands over about three times.) You can do a lace braid by solely adding from the hair-line, rather than the part line.

5.) Once you reach your ear, stop adding in hair, and do a regular three strand braid. I like to leave about two to three inches of hair unbraided, to give more of an “undone” look. Secure with an elastic.

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6.) Repeat steps 2-5 on the other side of the part-line.

7.) “Pancake” the braids, to make them appear fuller and messier. I also like to “ruffle” the french-braid part of the hairstyle. I do this by putting one hand on the french-braided part, and moving it gently back-and-forth. This should make it a tad looser, and appear a little bit softer.

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…and, you’re done! This hairstyle is so great, since it can be worn as an everyday look. For special occasions though, I like to amp them up with some wand curls. 😉

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I hope you all enjoyed seeing and trying out my Cinderella-inspired look! Let me know what you think!

Catch ya later!

– Sophia

17 thoughts on “Cinderella French Braids

  1. I’d have to practice the lace braid, but I think I can do this hairstyle. You did a good job at being clear with your instructions.

  2. These are so pretty!! And of course, I love Cinderella, so I may just have to try them sometime. My hair isn’t as long as yours, but maybe it will still work. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy new year!

    1. Thank you! I know, I absolutely love Cinderella. 🙂 I think the hairstyle would still work on medium or shorter length hair. Hope you have a Happy New Year! XD

  3. Love this hairstyle, Favs!! Like you said, i think it would look great on shorter hair too, so i am really excited to try it out on my short hair! Plus, it might give it a more messier look with my layers too? 😉

    1. Thanks! Let me know how you like it when you try it out! 😀

      oh my gosh, thanks so much! Ed Sheeran is like, my favorite artist. 😉

      1. It’s awesome!!! Where did you get it, do you know, haha? I’m almost tempted to get it for myself. 😛

      2. I’m not quite sure, since it was a gift, but most likely good ol’ Amazon or maybe Hot Topic? Hehe, I’m glad you like it. 😀

  4. Cinderella is my absolute favorite and I just love her hair in the movie so this is just so fantastic!!! It looks so beautiful, Sophia! I will definitely have to try it now. Thank you!!!

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