How to do a milkmaid braid

Bored of your usual braided 'do? Then you need to try the milkmaid braid, which will seriously up your mane game for the season ahead!  

Made famous by the likes of Sienna Miller and Millie Mackintosh, the milkmaid braid has become a key look for many women wanting to wear their tresses in a fun and bohemian fashion. Ideal for spring and summer, a milkmaid braid boasts elegant and relaxed vibes in equal measures, as well as being one of the easiest braided updos to achieve (we promise!).

Now, let us tell you: if you can create a classic plait, then you’re already half way to learning how to milkmaid braid! Want to know more? Then follow our step-by-step milkmaid braid tutorial below, and you’ll have this stunning hairstyle mastered in no time.

The milkmaid braid: A step-by-step guide

Step 1

Section your hair.

Before you learn how to milkmaid braid, start by washing your hair with TRESemmé Platinum Strength Strengthen & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner.

Once your hair is dry, use your fingers to section your hair all the way down the centre. It doesn’t need to be precise, so long as you have an even amount of hair on each side.

How to do a milkmaid braid: step 1
Step 2

Plait your hair.

Leave out a small section of hair from the front on each side to help frame your face. Then, taking the bulk section of your hair on the right side, create a classic 3-strand braid, starting just above your ear.

Stop plaiting your hair 2-3 inches from the bottom, before securing it with a hairband. Repeat this step on the left section of your hair.

Milkmaid braid tutorial: step 2
Step 3

Secure the braids.

Now it’s time to actually create your milkmaid braid. Once you’ve finished plaiting each side of your hair, you need to secure the braids across your head to give the desired milkmaid braid effect.

Take your left braid and place it across the top of your head, just behind your loose sections of hair. Secure it with bobby pins every few inches along the plait.

Now do the same with the right braid, placing it just behind the left one. If you have long hair, and find that your plaits don’t finish in the centre of your head, you can bring them down behind your ears and secure them.

The milkmaid braid: step 3
Step 4

Set with hairspray.

To help your fabulous milkmaid braid last all day, spritz it with some TIGI Catwalk Work It Hairspray, holding the bottle at arms-length.

To finish the milkmaid braid look, you can either leave the loose hair at the front down to frame your face, or you can curl it to create loose-looking waves.

How to milkmaid braid: step 4
Step 5

Final look.

And just like that you’ve completed this milkmaid braid tutorial! See, a chic and easy hairstyle done in a pinch.

How to do a milkmaid braid: final


If you loved learning how to milkmaid braid, and have natural hair, then we think you’ll fall head over heels for Mini Marley’s goddess braids! Just follow her super easy tutorial and watch as all your friends turn green with hair envy!

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