Braiding hair is a must in my life. With long hair, I am often throwing it up in this simple braid with a ribbon. The addition of a little ribbon in the braid really takes it from basic to the fun. This is one easy to create a style that truly anyone can manage. Even if you’ve never braided hair, you can use this tutorial to start turning your hairstyles into beautiful creations.
Simple Braid with Ribbon Hairstyle
One of the first things I remember learning to do with my hair as a little girl was braid. My big sister was always trying to get me to sit still for her to French braid my hair, but I never wanted to sit that long. So, she often created a simple braid like this one and added in ribbons, lace pieces, and even some special pins and barrettes at times. I loved the result and was much happier with a shorter hairstyling session.
You can turn your hair into a masterpiece with a braid any day of the week. Along with this simple style, I love this list of ponytail ideas, waterfall braid ideas, and my recent favorite half up half down hairstyle. I am always looking for something different to do with my hair, and these lists give me months of style inspiration.
I also love this list of 5-minute hairstyles for those super busy days, and this princess braid hairstyle for days I want to look extra special. There are so many amazing ideas for creating unique hairstyles that are easy to carry from day to night!
Do I Have to Use a Special Ribbon for This Style?
The great thing about this simple style is that you don’t have to have any special supplies. That includes the fact that you don’t need a special ribbon. Any length of ribbon, lace, or a thin strip of fabric will work when braided into this style. I love using a basic satin ribbon in my hair. It’s especially nice because I can pick up large packs in a variety of colors on Amazon for a great price. That means I can switch out colors to match my wardrobe.
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How to Create a Simple Braid with Ribbon
Before you begin braiding, I recommend combing or detangling your hair so it is easy to braid with no snarls or tangles. You can also add a bit of mouse or pomade to keep your hair sleek and flyaways to a minimum.
Gather a section of hair from the center of your head leaving the sides down and begin with a simple braid. This will be a French braid style, so you will move downward pulling small sections of hair into the braid as you go.
Now, you will continue this process, bringing in more hair on each side as you braid, to create a simple loose French braid style. This doesn’t have to be perfect. It is designed to be simple and loose.
Braid until you reach the nape of your neck, then braid a straight plait a few more inches or as long as you wish. You can end the braid at the name of the neck or continue braiding down the back as shown.
Next, you will take your Topsy Tail and slip it through the center of the top section of your braid.
Pull your ribbon through the Topsy Tail and pull down through the center so that you now have a ribbon on either side of the braid as shown below.
Use the Topsy Tail to continue pulling the ribbon through each side weaving it back and forth through the sections of the braid using one side first then the next.
Continue this process until you reach the end of the braided section, where you will then cross the ribbon over the top manually, and pull back around to tie in a bow.
Once you are satisfied with the ribbon placement and bow, trim excess ribbon from the end and tighten the bow.
Now, you have taken an otherwise ordinary French braid and turned it into a fun work of art!