Diy Summer Braid

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are all having a great week! Today I’m going to show you how to re-create the hairstyle that won the most votes in my recent poll. I just thought I’d say though, I’m doing my own take on the hairstyle, so it’s not going to look identical to the one in the pic. Where’s the fun in that? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› Thank you to ‘coffee and tea’ who posted the pic in the hairstyle requests section asking for a tutorial.

I think this is actually a really fun braid, and it seemed kinda summery to me (hence the name), but of course I’m sure it would work great for all seasons. πŸ˜‰ It definitely spices up a regular braid over your shoulder. πŸ˜‰


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It’s a kind of messy braid, yet elegant at the same time. So pretty!

Items needed: 2 small rubber hair elastics, 1 normal hair tie, 5-6 bobby pins.

Time: 4-5 minutes

Skill level: Easy

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Β Begin by parting your hair to the side or in the middle (I used a side part)
  2. Next, section off the hair from the top of you part all the way to the front of your ear..
  3. Now take a medium sized section of hair:
  4. And begin a normal 3 strand plait, only take the pieces behind the middle section instead of on top (like you would if you were doing a dutch braid)…
  5. Once you’ve reached the ends of your hair go back and pancake the braid (tug on the outside sections of the braid) as much as possible to make it look bigger. Then secure with a small hair tie..
  6. Repeat steps 4-5 with a smaller sized section on the other side of your part…
  7. Now go back and take the first braid you did over the top of your head (as if you were making a headband out of your hair)
  8. Pin underneath some hair on the other side of your head..
  9. Repeat steps 7-8 with the other braid…
  10. Now that you have your two braids in place, gather all your hair over your left shoulder to braid it- make sure to leave a few smaller pieces of hair out at the front like I did…
  11. Now plait all of the remaining hair over your shoulder and secure with a hair tie
  12. Bobby pin any layers or bits of hair that may not have made it into the braid at the back of your head..
  13. Lastly, I went back and added some slight curl to the layers I left out at the front with my curling wand by holding it on the wand for just a few seconds..
  14. Add some hairspray if you want, and you’re done!!


And there you have it, an awesome summer braid! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know what you thought of it in the comments, and remember you can leave your hairstyle requests here any time!

15 thoughts on “Diy Summer Braid

  1. Beautiful!!!! I absolutely LOVE this hairstyle, Clare!!! it’s SO GORGEOUS!!!!! Thanks for posting it! πŸ˜€ ❀

    1. Aw Mia, I know you can do it!! πŸ™‚ It’s pretty much just 3 plaits, with a little bit of practice it should be easy enough to accomplish! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

  2. ooooh i love this so much!!! if I wanted to make it look more messier like the picture, would I just pull the braids more so that some of the braid became looser/undone and some strands fell out? thank you!

    1. Thanks Sabrina, I’m glad you like it!! Yep that should work! I know it’s not really a short hairstyle, but for a bit of a different look you could do all the steps, only leaving out the actual braid over your shoulder at the end, and you’d have a really pretty braided headband! You’re welcome! πŸ˜‰

      1. thank you so much! that is a great idea for short-haired people like me (: I’m gonna “challenge” myself to think of as many ways possible to modify it for myself hehe πŸ˜‰ It looks really really great on you, Clare!

        1. No problem Sabrina! Thanks, I’m happy you think so! If you do figure out a really nice way to modify it for short hair, you should totally do a tutorial on it for short hair!! πŸ˜‰
          Thank you so much!!

  3. Super nice, Clare! I’m interested in trying this out. Would you suggest straight hair (like what you get with a straightening iron) or wavy hair?

    1. Thanks! No, unless you have naturally straight hair I wouldn’t bother, because it will look too sleek and smooth, and the look is more of a natural messy look. I just used my natural second day hair- the only thing I added was the curls hanging out at the front. πŸ˜‰ But I mean if you wanted to add extra curl to your whole head you could do that too, I personally think it’s just not super necessary though. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚
      Hopefully that helped. πŸ™‚

  4. I just tried this out Clare and it is awesome!!! It looks absolutely beautiful on you, and when I tried it out I couldn’t believe how easy it actually was! I only had hair hanging down the front on one side, and I only did the one big plait across the top, but I really like the messy and pretty look! Thanks so much for sharing this, and thanks to ‘coffee and tea’ for the request!!!

    1. That is so great Therese!! Aw thank you!!
      I know right? It just goes to show you a hairstyle doesn’t have to be super complicated to look great! πŸ˜‰ Awesome, it’s cool to know people are actually giving our tutorial’s a go, and changing them up a bit! I do know you have way longer hair/thicker hair than me, so yeah you wouldn’t have had to do the two braids across the top. You’re welcome! I had a lot of fun with this hairstyle!

  5. Such a lovely hairstyle Clare! (I really like the top as well, it looks great on you.) πŸ™‚ When my hair gets a bit longer I’ll have to try it out, from the tutorial it looks pretty simple.

    1. Aw thanks Maria! Thank you, I like it too, it’s such a nice colour! πŸ™‚

      Awesome, I can’t wait to see you try it out, I’m sure it’ll look awesome in your hair! And I’m glad to know that the tutorial is easy to follow. πŸ™‚

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