Wrap Around French Braid

This style is great for getting your hair out of your face, but still looking as stylish as ever! And braids? They are everywhere. And I totally get why. They are great. 
It would be easiest to have hair that’s grazing the top of your shoulders or longer for this style. But it could absolutely be a messier and looser look with shorter hair too, just make sure you keep the braid as low as possible (close to the base of your hairline). We don’t want it to start moving up and look strange once you get around to the other side of your head. πŸ™‚
Here is the video featuring my BEAUTIFUL sister and a sneak peak of my kitty, Grits. I love my cat. . .but yes, he can be a hellion. πŸ™‚
Here are some close ups!

{note how loose the braid is from her scalp at the bottom. That’s good! You don’t want it to  look disproportional} 

I, personally, love this side the most. I like the hair that naturally just fell out around her face, and how it just effortlessly was slid into a french braid. 
Make sure you start the braid at least 2 inches behind your ear (whichever side you choose) so, again, it isn’t too tight on one side. Plus, you don’t really want to see the braid from the front. 
So good luck! Let me know if you need any suggestions or further explanation of what is going on! And send photos of your successful Wrap Around French Braids! 

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Comments (57)

  1. Rachel says
    Posted August 22, 2011

    What a beautiful and unique braid. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m not sure my hair is quite long enough to pull it off but I’ll definitely have to try it out. Stop by and share at Lines Across My Face’s cratfy link party.
    I hope to see you soon,

  2. Heather says
    Posted August 22, 2011

    Love this idea, what a great summer look!

  3. Kandyce says
    Posted August 22, 2011

    Great easy mixup rather than just a plain pony tail

  4. Anonymous says
    Posted August 23, 2011

    It looks great and I love it!! Thanks for sharing. I’d love if you’d visit my blog, I’m one of your newest followers!

    Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

  5. Posted August 23, 2011

    um I just tried this, and after two attempts I did it successfully. Your tutorial was awesome! I am just learning to braid, so if I can do this, anybody can! My hair has lots of layers (and is wavy/curly), so instead of wearing the braid down, I wrapped it into a bun on the side and fastened it with spin pins. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Posted August 23, 2011

    Lynette: I’m so glad it worked for you! Send photos! I’d love to see it!

  7. Posted August 24, 2011

    This is gorgeous! I am in the in-between stage with my hair and I’m trying to grow it out. This looks super easy to do..thanks for the video tutorial!

    Also, your sister’s earrings are cute!

  8. Posted August 24, 2011

    you are so stinkin adorable I am so glad I found your fun blog. This hair style is so cute I am so jealous since I just chopped my hair off πŸ™
    maybe one day I can do this. πŸ™‚ I would love if you would hop on over and link this up to my party if you would like


    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  9. Posted August 24, 2011

    Thanks Whitney!

    • Posted July 10, 2014

      I really like the brelecat you chose- with it being glitzy and with the colors you chose it turned out to be really pretty and different. It seems a little more dressier which I know it can be casual also, but very pretty. All of you ladies did a great job with this DIY project

    • Belanja says
      Posted July 21, 2014

      – Hi Heather -I didn’t get to meet you this past weekend at the weidndg show, but I walked by your booth and was blown away by your gorgeous work!! Absolutely stunning!I hope we get a chance to meet in person soon. Take care,Whitney at Brown Sugar Design

  10. Posted August 24, 2011

    Thank you so much for linking up girl. I pinned this awesome do and can’t wait to look around your blog some more

  11. Posted August 24, 2011

    This is gorgeous! Meet your new follower! Hopefully I can attempt this one. I am in love with how simple this looks.

    Coming over from Southern Lovely!

  12. Posted August 24, 2011

    I am a huge braid fan! I am going to try this on my hair today for work.
    We would love for you to share this at our link party, Crafty Lassie Tuesday. It ends tonight at 5pm.
    We are having a giveaway! Hope to see you there πŸ™‚
    Heather & Rose

  13. steph says
    Posted August 24, 2011

    I love this but I’m having trouble doing it on myself – awkward back of the head position and all. lol Is there anyway to do a quick video of you doing this on yourself with some tips for keeping it straight and even? πŸ™‚

    • Azat says
      Posted July 10, 2014

      Detangle! Learn to do it and save your kinky coils. Detangle for moisture seinsoss, deep conditioning and between styles. For better growth and length retention finger detangle. Yours Truly,Coily Tress

    • Boldog says
      Posted July 21, 2014

      hello beauty. i’m viiinstg your blog every single morning. Every little detail you are describing, every moment of your everyday life.. makes me travel with your pictures.. ok, maybe except for the iphone..! I feel every single word of yours!! memories are everywhere, inside shoes, eyes, laptops, coffees… and that’s what inspire us.. you are doing a great job. i’m sure you’re even better at your uni projects…big kiss

  14. Posted August 24, 2011

    Rose and Heather: thanks for the invite to then link party!

  15. Posted August 24, 2011

    Steph: yes, next time my hair is straight, I’ll take a video of me doing the braid on myself!

  16. Posted August 24, 2011

    The braid turned out nice and I like the earrings as well!

  17. Posted August 24, 2011

    I love it! I’m hair handicapped but I want to try this!

  18. Chelsea says
    Posted August 24, 2011

    I’ve been browsing around your blog and love all your cute hair ideas today! You’ve got some great tips that I’ll be coming back to for both me and my daughter!

    Newest follower! πŸ™‚ You can find me at A Simple Life.

  19. Posted August 25, 2011

    So cute! I love how it looks with the highlighted top and dark underneath.

  20. Posted August 30, 2011

    this is so pretty! I can’t wait to try it on me! Thanks for sharing! Your tutorial is great!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  21. Posted August 31, 2011

    I featured you tonight on my blog! Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, come grab a button!! πŸ™‚ http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/08/your-whims-wednesday-22-and-features.html

  22. Patty says
    Posted August 31, 2011

    Beautiful! I’ll have to try this on my hair!! Thanks for sharing!
    Patty from http://www.pattytrends.com

  23. Posted September 1, 2011

    I just discovered your blog today and I think I have a problem! I love all the advice for hairstyles. Do you have any advice on fishtail braids? I love the look but I just cant seem to get it right around my face – it either looks too messy or too little girlish!

  24. Posted September 1, 2011

    Veronica: Oddly enough it’s been years since I’ve done a fishtail braid so I wouldn’t even know where to start!

    And try just pulling a few hairs out around your face to “soften” the braid!


  25. Posted September 1, 2011

    Fab braid and wish I lived near you to do my hair. Noone ever does a good job. Keep up the great ideas.

  26. Posted September 2, 2011

    This has been a huge hit on blogland this week! Congrats! You’re being featured on my blog tomorrow! Thanks for linking!

  27. Posted September 2, 2011

    Rach: how exciting! Thanks for the feature!!!

  28. Posted September 29, 2011

    Great tutorial. i love it, thanks for sharing

  29. Posted October 25, 2011

    where are the earrings she is wearing in this tutorial from? i love them!

  30. Posted October 26, 2011

    @Klammityjane: She made those! Send us a message in our Etsy Shop if you would like a custom order!

  31. Anonymous says
    Posted November 20, 2011

    can you do a video on how to do a fish tail braid?

  32. Natalie says
    Posted November 23, 2011

    i’d love to see what this style looks like from the front!

  33. Posted December 15, 2011

    OMG, i love your page. I’ve been trying everything day by day! I did the wrap around french braid on my daughter today, and did a pretty good job. She loved it too, so thats a bonus! If i knew how, i would post a picture πŸ™‚ Keep up the fantastic work on your page!!

  34. Nadia says
    Posted December 23, 2011

    How do you make the braid go more towards the bottom of your head? Mine goes to the middle. So how do you make it closer to your neck?? Hah hah.

  35. Lee Ann says
    Posted January 15, 2012

    Very unique way to French Braid. I’ve only made a French Braid down the back of my head. I want to try this way! Thank you! πŸ™‚
    Lee Ann

    My new blog: Crochetgottaloveit
    My website: Crochet…Gotta Love It!

  36. Lee Ann says
    Posted January 15, 2012

    Okay, just tried this wrap-around French Braid. It’s a little awkward to do on yourself and I found that I was only pulling hair from the top of the braid. But it works and I like it.
    The first time I had ever seen this wrap-around braid was on Anna Kornikova on an episode of Biggest Loser and I thought how pretty it was.
    Thanks for the video tutorial. It’s a great help! πŸ™‚
    Lee Ann

    My new blog: Crochetgottaloveit
    My website: Crochet…Gotta Love It!

  37. Anonymous says
    Posted January 20, 2012

    WOW! I found your site on pinterest and I love it! I am not a real girly girl and I have really long hair…I have always wanted to learn how to do these types of things but didn’t ever really look into it until now. I am getting married this summer and your blog has helped me figure out how I want to my hair. So THANK YOU MUCH FOR SHARING! πŸ™‚ PEACE AND LOVE FROM CALIFORNIA~Jamie

  38. Posted January 27, 2012

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚


  39. Pia says
    Posted February 14, 2012

    I love this look!!! But I can’t get it right!!! πŸ™ do you think you could post one of you making it on yourself? Maybe that will help!! Thanks in advanced!!

    • Posted July 10, 2014

      So cute Kim!!! Think I need to make a few of these for my girls. Excited you are continuing with Christmas Through The Year….I will be doing a post in the next day or two about it!!

  40. Anonymous says
    Posted February 24, 2012

    OMG! I just did this on my 3 year old daughter (hair slightly longer than her shoulders) and it turned out BEAUTIFUL! She looks amazing and it took about 2 minutes….way quicker than then traditional, 1 or 2 braids all the way from the bangs! Thanks!!!!

  41. A.Canoy says
    Posted March 23, 2012

    Thank You so much for taking the time to do all these tutorials!! But I’m 23 and just now learning how to do my hair so these videos are very helpful!! As growing up I was always instructed to do a pony tail! AND Thanks to you I have just ordered my very first HOT TOOLS Curling Iron and Blow Dryer! I’m soon to become a girly girl FINALLY! Thanks to you!!

  42. Tara says
    Posted April 27, 2012

    Can you do a video on doing this style on yourself?

  43. Tara says
    Posted April 27, 2012

    Can you do a video on doing this style on yourself?

  44. Tara says
    Posted April 27, 2012

    Can you do a video on doing this style on yourself?

  45. Anonymous says
    Posted May 3, 2012

    You and your hair tips are amazing. I never usually take the time to post on blogs, but I have to say, I LOVE every single hairstyle you show and your demos are wonderful! Thanks so, so much for all your hard work!

  46. Posted May 27, 2012

    not so complicated hairstyle as I thought before

  47. Unknown says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    LOVE this braid on my 3 y/o daughter! I actually start up higher, next to her side part, as her bangs are all long and grown out, and work down her head, behind the ear, before wrapping around, this way it keeps her hair out of her eyes AND food!! πŸ˜‰

  48. kayla says
    Posted July 10, 2012

    How do you do it to yourself?? :/

  49. Posted August 12, 2012

    I absoulutely love this, i did it great on the first time. Why didnt i think of this? Your video was great!

  50. Posted August 22, 2012

    Wow!!! this is so cute, I fill try it 4 sure!!!
    Please check out my blog, I just started blogging, and I really need some lovely support,:( ♥

  51. Posted July 23, 2013

    I would love for you to remake this video doing your own hair. I have difficulty wrapping it around doing it myself.

  52. Posted September 10, 2013

    This is a realy nice hairstyle. I also have my own blog where I am posting hairstyles and braids that I have done myself and would love to have some comments and recommendations from you since you are doing such a great job. πŸ™‚ http://colorfulasarainbow.wordpress.com/