woman with messy staircase side braided ponytail hairstyle

Why Chinese staircase braids are our latest beauty obsession

It's time to make your mane a full-time masterpiece! ?  

Since staircases are the bane of many of our lives, we bet that you’ve never thought of channelling them into your hair, right? Neither did we until we spotted Chinese staircase braids (AKA ladder braids) all over Instagram.

This quirky weaving technique is inspired by the look of staircases (hence its name) and is the perfect hairstyle to rock when you can’t find your hairbands. And trust us, when you get a glimpse of the examples we’ve come across, you’ll won’t be able to look away.

Chinese staircase braids: The latest trend we can’t get enough of


woman with brunette hair displaying her Chinese staircase braid
Chinese staircase braids bring out the multi-tones in your hair! Credit: Instagram.com/just_veronicas

Now, most of you are probably thinking that this seems like an impossible braiding technique to do without a stylist on hand, right? Well, it actually couldn’t be simpler!

All it takes to weave a wonderful Chinese staircase braid, is to pull your strands into a ponytail, section a small piece of hair from the side and split it into 2. Then take the ends of these piece of hair and wrap it around your ponytail and pull it through the gap of your 2 sections.

This will create your first “step” of your Chinese staircase. Now repeat this step all long your pony until you have created your desired number of steps and secure with a bobby pin. Credit: @just_veronicas

woman with messy staircase side braided ponytail hairstyle
Messy hair, don’t care! Credit: Instagram.com/anoukyve

Don’t be fooled into thinking this braided hairstyle is all about being prim and proper, as it works just as well on messy hair!

Just look at how this mega-babe has incorporated a pretty staircase braid into her tousled side ponytail, adding a small but beautiful detail into her look. Anyone else getting It-girl vibes? Credit: @anoukyve

Editor’s tip: Tempted to recreate this cool hairstyle but worried your straight locks won’t hold the style? Just make sure to spritz them with a texturising spray, like the VO5 Dry Texturising SprayThis will give grip to slippery strands and make your braids last all day.

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You can also try incorporating them into half-up styles, braided updos and more! Credit: Instagram.com/ aboutbeautyfashion_nl

Though you might think that this weaving technique works only for ponytail hairstyles, you can also pair them with half-up, half-down hairstyles or even updos. Yep, spicing up your locks is about to get a lot easier!

Now, we don’t know about you but we reckon you can get away with rocking this ultra-stylish braided hairstyle to just about any occasion. So if you’re ever stuck in a beauty rut, you know what to do. Credit: @aboutbeautyfashion_nl


Are you loving these Chinese staircase braids? Then you’ll love our Braids and New hairstyles pages, which are bursting with even more trendy hair looks to try your hand at.

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