Easy Half-up Braid & Twist

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Hey babes! It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a hair post for you! The holidays hit, we’ve been travelling, my hair was in shambles from stress and this cold and dry winter…… Seriously, my hair felt like a straw mess! I went to my favorite hairstylist EVER last week and got two inches cut off to help get my hair out and get rid of split ends. I was sad, but it had to be done. She gave me some great tips on how to keep your hair healthy during a dry winter. So if you want me to pass them along drop me a comment below! But today I wanted to show you a super easy hairstyle that doesn’t take too much time but looks SO good! This easy half-up braid & twist hairstyle will literally take you 5 minutes. Check out the tutorial below!

Let me know in the comments below what you think of this style!

Easy Half-up Braid & Twist Supplies:


Easy Half-up Braid & Twist Instructions:

Step 1: Begin by parting your hair on your side of choice.

Step 2: Take a section of hair on the side with more hair and split it into 3 equal sections for a french braid. Pull out any fringe you want left out.

Step 3: Start a French braid by crossing the front section of hair over the middle section.

Step 4: Then cross the back section over the new middle section.

Step 5: Once again, cross the section at the front over the new middle section. Then pick up a new section of hair from the front of head and cross it over the middle as well to add into the first section.

Step 6: Cross the back section over the new middle, then add in a new section of hair from the back crossing it over the middle as well.

Step 7: Continue this pattern until you get about halfway back to the crown of your head and about to your temple.

Step 8: Once you are done adding in sections to your French braid, continue the braid by doing a simple 3-strand braid. Right section crosses over the middle, left section crosses over the new middle, etc.

Step 9: After you get to a point where the braid can wrap around the back of your head, hold the braid taut with one hand and start gently pulling at each stitch to flatten the braid. (This is called pancaking a braid).

Step 10: Tie the braid off with a clear elastic, and let it rest on the side of your head.

Then on to the other side….

Step 11: Starting on the other side of your part, grab a decent sized chunk of hair and start twisting it to the back of your head. Pull out any fringe you would like left out.

Step 12: Hold the end of the twist taut with one hand, and with the other hand gently slide up the twist and tug at it to create more volume.

Step 13: Once you get the twist as voluminous as you want it, wrap it around the back of your head and combine it with the braid from the other side. Tie them off with an elastic band or use sturdy bobby pins to secure.


Here the possibilities are endless! You can just leave the elastic band exposed, or you can wrap a section of hair around it to hide it. Or you can add a bun or fishtail braid for a more complicated looking hairstyle. Tag me in your hairstyle creations on Instagram. I’d love to see them!

Like this tutorial? Check out this simple crown braid tutorial next!

xo, Adri

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