How to do a pull-through braid in 9 easy steps

All Things Hair | 09 April 2019
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15 mins Style Easy

Plaiting novice? Not for long. Pull-through braids are about to become your go-to updo… 


We admit it: braiding your own tresses really isn’t the easiest task, especially if you’re a styling novice. But, your hair prowess definitely shouldn’t stop you from being able to rock pretty plaits from day to night. The solution? Follow our pull through braid tutorial. It’s by far the easiest way to fake a Dutch plait – without actually doing any weaving at all!

What is a pull-through braid?

Have you spotted big voluminous braids over your social feeds and thought, how? What if we told you that you too can create fuller looking updos without actually weaving a single strand?

As simple to master as it is stylish, a pull-through braid is far less tricky than a French or fishtail option. You simply section the hair horizontally into separate ponytails and tie them together. Genius, no?

See how to create a pull-through braid in a matter of minutes by watching our video tutorial above and scroll down to follow our easy step-by-step guide. That’s right, ladies, tricky plaits are now a thing of the past thanks to the pull-through braid…

Pull-through braid step-by-step

Pull through braid brunette girl using texturising spray

Start with a texturising spray.

Start by spraying the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray all over dry hair from root to tip.

This will give the hair a textured finish and grip, so the braid is easier to create. 

Pull through braid hair style brunette girl sectioning hair

Create your first hair section.

Using your fingers or a comb, pick up a horse shoe section of hair from just above the crown.

Secure with a hairband and then pin the ponytail up onto the top of your head and out of the way. 

Pull through braid brunette girl with ponytail pulling it apart

Repeat the process.

Just under the first ponytail, take another horizontal section of hair that’s a similar width and create a second ponytail.

Secure with an elastic and brush through the ponytail if needed to eliminate any frizz. 

Pull through braid brunette girl separating ponytail with hands

Split the top ponytail.

Using your hands, divide the top ponytail into two equal sections vertically.

Next, pull the ponytail underneath upwards between the separated sections above and clip it to the top of the head. 

Pull through braid brunette girl tying hair into hairband

Combine the loose hair.

Repeat step two, taking a horizontal section of hair the same size as the previous two and gather it into a ponytail. 

Do not tie it with a hairband just yet. Take the two remaining sides of the divided ponytail from the top and combine them into the new ponytail. Then tie to secure it. 

Pull through braid brunette girl tying hair into a braid

Repeat steps 2-5.

Repeat as you move down the hair, taking horizontal sections as you go and combining them with the divided hair from the ponytail above.

Continue until you reach the nape of your neck. 

Pull through braid girl with brunette hair tying braid at neck

Braid down the remaining hair.

Carry on this process of splitting and securing the top ponytail as you go until you have braided all the hair.

Leave a small amount loose at the bottom and secure with a hairband. 

Pull through braid brunette girl separating braid with hands

Pancake your braid.

Use your fingers to gently loosen the braid starting at the top and working down.

Flattening the style in this way will ensure any visible hairbands that were peeking out are now hidden. 

Pull through braid tutorial brunette girl spraying hair into place

Secure the look.

You’re nearly there! Keep your intricate braid in place with a mist of TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray, concentrating on the braid and the front of your hair. 

And that’s it! You’re now a total pro at pull-through braids. 


Turn your ponytail into a pull through braid



Add a little oomph to your ponytail in a matter of minutes by turning it into a pull-through braid. Start with a high or low ponytail and divide it into two sections.

Then, using a hairband, tie off sections of the ponytail (similar to a bubble pony) and weave the lower section through. Sound simple enough? Follow our how-to tutorial above if you want to watch the braiding in action…



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