I’m sharing a super easy, super adorable half up simple braid hair tutorial today!
Hair tutorials are always some of my most popular posts, but I very rarely take the time to do them. When I sat down last week to plan out my blog posts, I realized that I’m not doing them mainly because I have 2-3 hairstyles I always resort to (waves, cute ponytails, and side braids) and I’m not very creative with my hair. So I’m not doing a ton of hair tutorials because I simply don’t have a ton of things to share.
Well, that’s changing this week! I’m challenging myself to come up with more creative ways to wear my hair in the month of September and will be sharing some of the fun things I discover and come up with! If I really like the way it turns out, I’ll be sure to do a little tutorial on it for y’all.
And don’t worry, I know we don’t all have 2 hours to do our hair and some of us aren’t quite coordinated enough to do those crazy braids (raises hand), so I’ll be sure to keep everything simple and under 15 minutes. Sound like a deal?
When searching through Pinterest for some hairstyle inspiration, I noticed that some of those crazy intense braids look very similar to a normal 3-strand braid when it’s pulled apart. So, I decided to show y’all how a simple braid with an updo can be stylish and fun!
|| Half Up Simple Braid Hair Tutorial ||
To be honest with y’all, I probably wash my hair about 2-3 times a week. During those non-wash days, dry shampoo is my best friend. And it turns out, dirtier/dry-shampooed hair is actually way easier to style! I’m on day 3 of my no-wash hair in these photos, which is actually great for creating volume at the roots for the half-up style.
Side note: To create my original curls, I used one of my NuMe wands (the Classic Wand 32mm) and the wands are all currently 70% off (making my wand only $40)! You can shop their curling wands here and use the code “CURLS70” to get your discount!
To start off this half up simple braid hair tutorial, you’ll want nice, brushed-out hair.
STEP 1 || Dry shampoo those roots. Not only because we’re avoiding greasy hair, but also because we want a little bit of volume in this half up style.
STEP 2 || Section off the top part of your hair and pin it back. I use the arch of my eyebrows as a guide for where to grab the hair. So, I draw a line from the arch of my brow straight up, and that’s where I grab and section off the hair.
Pro tip || I always try to cross the pins on top of each other so the hair is nice and secure (see picture below).
STEP 3 || Grab another section of hair on your left side. I typically draw a line from my temple outwards, being sure to leave hair to still cover my ears.
STEP 4 || Cross that section of hair over the center section’s bobby pins and pin down.
When you pin this section, there’s no need to try to pin all of the hair into that bobby pin. Simply twist this section of hair a little bit and only worry about pinning the outside section of hair (the section that’s farthest to the right in the pic below). Since it’s a little twisted, securing the outside section of hair will keep the rest of the twisted hair in place too!
STEP 5 || Repeat with the right side by grabbing a section of hair from your temple.
STEP 6 || Cross this section of hair over the already pinned down sections and pin.
Just like you did before, slightly twist this section of hair and pin down the outer section with a bobby pin (see below).
Pro tip || Lightly pull the top sections of your hair to give it a little more volume on top!
STEP 7 || Grab the hair that’s pinned and split it into 3 sections for your braid.
STEP 8 || Braid it! (Just a normal 3-strand braid – nothing fancy!)
STEP 9 || Tie off the braid with a clear elastic tie.
As you can see, without pulling the braid, it’s kind of sad looking. But don’t worry, step 10 will make it look happier!
STEP 10 || While holding on to the clear elastic (you don’t want to yank the elastic all over the place), slowly pull apart the braid to make it wider, fuller, and altogether more fabulous!
And there you have it! A simple, yet stylish braid!
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Thanks for checking out my half up simple braid hair tutorial! Are y’all interested in any other simple hairstyles for those days when you’re bored with your normal hair? Anything in particular you’d like to see (more braids, updos, etc.)? Let me know in the comments!