the pull thru braid



I’ve seen this “braid” concept floating around pinterest and instagram for a couple weeks so  I thought I’d give it a shot.

It’s easiest to do this style on long hair, but a mid-length below the collarbone could work as well, depending on how your hair is layered.

I’m wearing 20 inch Bellami hair extensions for this tutorial. I haven’t worn them enough to really form a strong opinion of them yet, but so far I like them.

The Pull Thru Braid is a great way to secure your hair for a long day! Since there are so many clear elastics used in the style, you don’t have to worry about stray ends peeking out!



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  1. Olivia says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    OMG I love you with long hair!! Haha this is great because I have long hair so not a lot of your tutorials work for me, but I still love them and everyhting else on your blog. Thanks kate!!

  2. Annie says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Really cute! Love the idea of hair extensions. This is off topic but your music reminds me of the crocodile Dundee movie music. Random child of the 90s comment!

  3. Diin. says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    I love this! So beautiful! I believe I’m gonna wear this tomorrow 🙂

    Thanks for this tutorial Kate!

  4. valerie says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Very cool tutorial! Thanks 🙂

  5. Lindsay says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    What color of the Bellami hair extensions did you get? Did they match well out of the package or did you have to color them to get them match so well?!

  6. Lori says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    You look so different with longer hair! A little like Elsa from Frozen! LOL!

    • Leslie says
      Posted September 15, 2014

      I was totally thinking Elsa too! Love the extensions Kate!

  7. Angela says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Love this braid. My hair is mid length so it would not work for me. The extensions you used are the perfect color match for your hair. Super cute!

  8. Amanda says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Kate, I just love you and your blog! Thanks for doing what you do.

  9. Kristen V. says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Seeing all your tutorials makes me so sad I don’t have long hair anymore!! I have a pixie cut but always get hair envy when I see your posts lol

  10. Posted September 15, 2014

    Ah yay I’ve wanted to do this for a while! Very cute. And I love your top!

  11. V says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Alright Kate. Here’s the scoop. Your braids are adorable, and they totally make me believe that I can pull off a braid at 30 years old. However, when I tried the dutch braid the other day, it was a disaster!

    Keep posting the braid tutorials and I’ll keep practicing. One day, if I ever make a successful looking braid, I’ll tweet you a photo of my victory. Till then, I’ll keep practicing while the little man naps in the afternoon. It’s oddly relaxing…


  12. Shyanna says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    I love this and think I might actually be able to do it! I am usually all thumbs when it comes to my hair but this looks pretty easy. Thanks Kate!!

  13. Jackie says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    This makes me miss my long hair too! Any thought to doing a tutorial on how to put the extensions in? I’d love to buy some, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to put them in properly haha.

  14. Posted September 15, 2014

    I love this Kate! I am going to try this on my 13 year old daughter tonight for dance! Thanks! Susan

  15. meredith says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    That looks cute!

  16. Jessica O says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Love this! I have very long and thick hair but recently put layers in it, so braiding hasn’t been as easy as it was in the past. I will be trying this ASAP. So happy that you did this tutorial. Thank you!

  17. Brittany says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Kate, this is genius. Why didn’t I think of this before? I have long curly hair and braids are my go to style (well, and high/mid-buns because they’re so stinkin’ easy) to get my hair off of my neck and out of my face. My problem is that because I have curly hair, I also have a gazillion layers to keep me from getting triangle head, so when I braid I have a gazillion little pieces of hair that stick out of my braid and as the day goes on the braid gets looser and looser I have to redo it. Not the easiest when you’re rocking something other than the traditional three piece braid (thanks to you, I just learned to fishtail). My boyfriend is still shocked to this day about how quickly I can braid, even when away from a mirror. This tutorial, I think, will totally solve the midday-redoing problem. I’m going to do it tonight or tomorrow and workout with it to see if it really does stand the test of time, and if it can withstand my crazy spin class then we know it’s a keeper!

    • Vieve says
      Posted September 15, 2014

      You have to let us know how it held up in spin class. I’m a yoga instructor and I need an all day hold for sweaty hot yoga studio days.

      • Brittany says
        Posted September 17, 2014

        I’m rocking this bad boy right now. It’s definitely more secure than my normal braid but I’ve still got pieces of my layers sticking out, which is fine. I didn’t expect it to hold everything. I used a total of 7 bands with my hair (not including a normal hair tie instead of the elastic at the top of the pony) and I made the sections really short, just long enough to pull the bottom through. I also started my pony as a topsy-turvey ponytail. I also tried this with my hair straight (well, as straight as my hair gets) so I could see what I’m doing. I strongly suspect that it will hold better with my natural curl. It’s really cute and it held up pretty well in spin against all the fans. I’m going to try it again tomorrow morning but I’m going to pull it up into a normal ponytail (aka at the top/back of my head, instead of the nape of my neck) to get it off of my neck. I think I will also experiment with re-tightening the elastics once I have the pull-thru done to make them go up higher and out of sight but that’s down the road. The little of the elastics that you can see now really don’t bother me. For the record I use the black elastics instead of the clear as my hair is dark dark brown. Sorry for the long post! Hope this helped!

  18. Posted September 15, 2014

    Super adorable!! It makes me miss my long hair 🙂 You look so pretty in your photos… I hope you’re getting over the initial preggo nausea

  19. JNJxn says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    LOVE it!! Thanks, Kate!

  20. Maggie says
    Posted September 15, 2014


    I’m interested in possibly using clip in extensions. Could you do a post where you talk about your Bellami extension?!


  21. Tyana says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    2 cute <3 <3 <3


  22. Nichole says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    I like the idea of using hair extensions. I too would love a post talking about how choose the best ones vs cost, how to attach, how to care for them etc.

  23. elizabeth k says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    I too would love a post about how to actually use hair extensions! I have thick hair about 3 inches below my shoulders – not sure how many extensions I would need to buy in order to use them, and I’m also not quite sure how to attach them so they look pretty seamless…

  24. Sarah says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Oh my gosh Kate– this hairstyle is BRILLIANT!!!! I love it!!! It gives it a unique look, totally. Btw i loved your shirt and nail polish, you are so pretty!!!
    PS. I am trying this right now!!!!

  25. shannon says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Lovvvvvvved this!!!!!

  26. Abby G. says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    I’ll put my vote in for a tutorial/review of your extensions! They look incredible! Like others who have commented, I would not know how to put them in etc. I have never done hair extensions, but I would love to try them one of these days and yours look so natural!

  27. Donna says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Can you please tell me how you secure your hair that is wrapped around the hair bands? I’m assuming a bobby pin, but what about the the one at the end of the braid?
    Thank you again for a nice tutorial.

  28. Jillian says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Love this!! I have always wanted to wear a side braid but my hair will never stay put in one. I tried this style out the second I finished watching the video and am so happy with it. Great tutorial!

  29. Shell says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    I would love to see more hair tutorials with your long hair! Sometimes there’s just so much hair left using the same technique as you do it’s harder to get a similar finished/polished look.

  30. Steph says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    So gorgeous!


  31. Amy says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    I love it! I have natural curly hair any re commendations on extensions for me? I would love them just to change up my style every now and then x

  32. Ashley says
    Posted September 15, 2014

    Hi Kate,

    Love all your hair tutorials! I too was interested in asking you about selecting hair extensions and how to put them in. How to make them look more natural and how to care for them. I miss my long hair and have no idea where to start!

    Ashley 🙂

  33. Posted September 16, 2014

    I love braids,this seems so easy! I will have to try this one on my long hair. Thanks.

  34. Kaelyn says
    Posted September 16, 2014

    Hooray! A hair tutorial I think I can pull off! Loved how easy and polished this look is and I can’t wait to recreate it 😀

  35. Hillary says
    Posted September 16, 2014

    This is such a cute hairstyle! I’ve been trying to find new way to wear my hair to class while still keeping it cute. Thanks for the tutorial!

  36. Lauren says
    Posted September 16, 2014

    I love this! I have watched many of your tutorials, but I’ve never been able to do any of them successfully – until now! Thanks!

  37. Jen Williams says
    Posted September 17, 2014

    So easy! My hair is about as long as yours with extensions, so I was able to whip this out in less than 5 minutes. BAM! A few layers popping out, but overall cute/easy. You know what I’d love? Some detailed instruction on wrapping ponytails/braids/etc with a strand of hair. I can never get that to work, it always comes undone 🙁

  38. Abbie says
    Posted September 17, 2014

    Hey Kate, I know it might seem like a silly question, but how exactly do you wrap the hair around the elastic? Every time I try to do it, I can never get it to stay. I don’t quite know how to pin it in place!

  39. Rebecca F says
    Posted September 17, 2014

    Your hair looks so good long!

  40. Brianna says
    Posted September 18, 2014

    Hi Kate!

    Thanks for showing this. The extensions look great on you. I have hair like yours, and I think you inspired me to finally order some extensions. One question though–you said 20″ in the blog post, but then in a comment you link to the Piccolina…which only comes in 18″ (and less grams). Just curious which one you actually have since they are different weights as well, and yours look nice and natural, which I would like.

    Thanks in advance! Love your blog.

  41. Erica says
    Posted September 19, 2014

    Wearing this at work now! My hair is extremely thick to I have to keep it heavily layered, resulting in many many fly-aways sticking out of a braid. This took care of the problem perfectly! Wish I had known about this at the beginning of summer.

  42. Renee says
    Posted September 19, 2014

    Those hair extensions are very intriguing. I agree with other ladies that commented – would love to see a blog post about your experience with extensions and maybe some alternate options at other (read: cheaper) price points.

  43. C.L. Stephenson says
    Posted September 20, 2014

    This is very cute! I have a ton of hair so I can’t wait to give this a shot. One question – you always use the clear elastics, can you tell me which brand you buy? I haven’t found any that don’t snap almost immediately or don’t have enough stretch, but yours look like they work great. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Be well <3

    (Ps. I left this comment on YT as well; sorry to post twice, just wasn't sure where best to ask. Thank you!)

  44. Posted September 24, 2014

    I love this one, it looks elegant and efforless. Must try it soon!

  45. Amanda says
    Posted September 26, 2014

    Wondering if you would ever do a tutorial on using hair extensions – placement, etc? I am growing out from a bob but would occasionally like to have immediate gratification of longer hair 🙂

    Thanks for considering!

  46. Christina says
    Posted September 28, 2014

    Love braids, just trying to grow out my tresses and start experimenting with such lovely designs.

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  47. Melissa says
    Posted September 29, 2014

    Okay this is so cute! I’ve been in a braid mood lately but it never stays in place. Definitely trying this out in the morning for my daughter’s field trip to see if it holds up for a whole morning at the pony farm. 🙂 Thanks for a great tutorial. AND because I have to ask, what lipstick are you wearing??? It’s beautiful!

  48. Tyana says
    Posted September 30, 2014

    Thats such a cute braid…

    Check me Out!!!


  49. Posted October 8, 2014

    I just bought some Bellami hair extensions because of how much everyone on YouTube loves them. I’d love to hear what you think once you have a chance to try them out!

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