A pull-through braid is a hybrid hairstyle between a Dutch braid and a bubble ponytail, made by tying together stacked ponytails to give the look of a braid.
We admit it: braiding isn’t always the easiest task, especially if you’re a styling novice. But what if we told you that you can create Instagram-worthy braids without actually weaving a single strand? All you need to do is follow our pull-through braid tutorial.
As simple to master as it is stylish, a pull-through braid is by far the easiest way to fake a Dutch plait – without actually having to braid at all. You simply section the hair horizontally into separate ponytails and tie them together.
See how to 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.
Pull-through braid step-by-step
Start with a texturising spray.
This will give the hair a textured finish and grip, so the braid is easier to create.
Create your first hair section.
Secure with a hairband and then pin the ponytail up onto the top of your head and out of the way.
Repeat the process.
Secure with an elastic and brush through the ponytail if needed to eliminate any frizz.
Split the top ponytail.
Next, pull the ponytail underneath upwards between the separated sections above and clip it to the top of the head.
Combine the loose hair.
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.
Repeat steps 2-5.
Continue until you reach the nape of your neck.
Braid down the remaining hair.
Leave a small amount loose at the bottom and secure with a hairband.
Pancake your braid.
Flattening the style in this way will ensure any visible hairbands that were peeking out are now hidden.
Secure the look.
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…