Tutorial: How to Create a Unicorn Braid in 2 Ways

Curated By
Eunice Lucero

Get in on the unicorn braid trend with these two stellar looks!

Every time someone says that unicorns aren’t real, a little mermaid dies… And until someone convinces us otherwise, we’re holding true to our mythical creature loyalties with pink clouds, mermaid hair, rainbow glitter and a look that’s the stuff dreams are made of! Well, this year at least, as the unicorn braid trend reached a fever pitch this year and we are so excited to share more about this look by featuring two very cool ways in which you can learn how to do a unicorn braid. First up is the unicorn braid ponytail that features a Dutch braided fauxhawk that snakes down from your hairline to your nape, it’s a trendy way to wear this season’s biggest look with a bit of a hip edge. The next braid is all about the half-up look where you rock the unicorn braid in the center of your head and wear the rest down. Classic looks reinvented – we love it! Scroll down for an easy guide to mastering how to do a unicorn braid in a ponytail or in a half-up style.

Way 1: Unicorn Braid Tutorial: Ponytail


Start on clean, freshly washed hair.

Prep your hair for styling your a braid by washing and conditioning with a strengthening system. We like the moisturizing benefits we get as well from Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappe Shampoo and Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Conditioner.


Blow-dry and part your hair.

Coat your hair with a thermal protectant (we like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray), then blow-dry till completely dry. Section off the top middle part of your head, a few inches wide, by creating two part lines with the end of a rat-tail comb.


Create a Dutch braid.

Take your middle section and begin to Dutch braid. To do so, split the section into three, and cross the left section under the middle, then the right. Repeat till you reach the nape, and secure with an elastic.




Gather all hair into one pony.

Take the left and right loose sections of hair together with the braided ponytail and gather all into one main pony.




Cover your elastic with hair.

For a more polished, professional look, leave a thin strip of hair free to wrap around your elastic. Secure underneath with some bobby pins.





Apply some serum.

Unicorn hair has to be pristine! Prime hair for curling (as well as impart some luxurious shine) with a leave-in cream that helps bind split ends, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Targeted Leave In Crème.




Curl ends.

Using a 1 1/4″ barrelled iron, curl ends for a flirty final touch. Tip: For a sexy, tousled feel, twirl in different directions.



Finish with hairspray.

Keep flyaways and halo frizz at bay with some hairspray. Finish your look with a light spritz of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold Hairspray. Done!

Way 2: Unicorn Braid Tutorial: Half-Up

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An unexpected addition to your braid arsenal.

Step 1: Start fresh…or just refresh.

Starting off with clean hair will make your strands extra tough to stand up against all the tugging and pulling that comes with braiding.  If you’re not quite down (or have the time!) for the hair washing and conditioning process, spray some of the Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo onto your hair to soak up any hair oils. Then, blow-dry, air-dry or tousle your roots.

Step 2: Section your hair.

Place your thumbs at the edges of your eyebrows and lightly draw them up until you meet your hairline. When you reach your hairline, use your thumbs to section your hair into three sections. Lift the middle section, twist it and pin it to the top of your head. Gather what’s left on the sides into a ponytail, so that it stays out of your way while you braid. Release the middle section (the section that you’ll be braiding).

Step 3: Begin braiding.

Then, take a thin layer from the very front of your hairline and separate it into three sections. Cross the outer strand under the center strand, making sure to pull tightly. Then, take the other outer strand and cross it under the center strand. Repeat this criss-cross braided pattern until you get towards the bottom of your braid.

Step 4: Secure your braid.

You have two options when it comes to securing a unicorn braid. You can continue the braid until the top of the back of your head and wrap a hair tie there at the roots. This leaves a swishy mini-ponytail that stems from the top of your head. Alternatively, you can stop the braid at that point where you would then create a regular three-strand braid. Secure it with a hair tie and you’re golden!

Step 5: Lock in the style.

Spritz some of the TRESemmé Beauty-full Volume Flexible Finish Hairspray on your hair to keep your style locked in place all day. This formula will leave your hair bounce and soft, without making it feel sticky. #UnicornGoals, are we right?

Love these unicorn braids but in the mood for more awesome millennial braids? Check out our ultimate guide to braiding hair.


Eunice Lucero
Peace and hair grease, Eunice
09 December 2016