Pull-through braids are so popular lately and as soon as I tried one, I knew I found my new hairstyle. It’s quick and easy to do and a great alternative to my usual French braid. I love this braid technique because it holds in my layers so much better than a straight braid. So I can easily tuck them into a rubber band!
I don’t have hair extensions, but if you do, just make sure they are covered by the layers of hair you pull back. Better yet, if you wear clip-ins you can put them directly behind the braid to help make your braid look fuller and longer. This style does work the best for long hair, but if you have shorter hair you can still make the braid work! This style gives the illusion of longer hair, so as long as you can pull a section of hair back into a ponytail, and then secure it again with another rubber band, you’re set! I definitely recommend trying it even if your hair isn’t as long as mine. Even if you have shoulder-length hair or longer you can totally do it!
I have a lot of hair, but it is really fine. So my shorter layers tend to slip out. I have to make sure my elastics are very secure before moving on to the next step. This style also helps to create an illusion of more hair and volume, but I also recommend reading about how I get volume in my hair before I create the styles.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial
To make it easy for you, I made a YouTube video with a pull-through braid hair tutorial. If you’re a reader and need a written explanation, you can refer to the steps below! Please watch below and if you like it, subscribe to my channel!
I like to start with clean hair. Although it is true that messy hair will help hold in your shorter layers. First I wash my hair, and then use leave-in conditioner. I try to let my hair air dry if I can, but if I’m short on time, I use blow-dry balm, then blow dry my hair.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial Step 1: Tease Hair
You’ll want volume at your roots, so start by back-brushing the hair around the crown of your head. Add dry shampoo for extra volume and texture.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial Step 2: Tie a small ponytail
At the crown of your head, gather a small ponytail and secure it with a clear elastic. Then, flip forward and out of the way.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial Step 3: Add a Second Ponytail
Directly below the first ponytail, create a second ponytail. Make sure your two ponytails are completely separate, and smooth both down the back of your head. Split the first ponytail into two sections and cast it to the sides of your head.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial Step 4: Create Your First Braid Loop
Flip your second ponytail up towards your face between the split first ponytail sections. Pick up new hair below and start to create a third ponytail below the second. Add the two sections from your original ponytail (which are on the sides of your head) into the third ponytail so it wraps around your second.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial Step 5: Repeat
At any given time you should have two ponytails. Repeat step 4 until all of your hair is secured and you are at the base of your head and neck with two ponytails. You should have no more loose hair to pick up at this point.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial Step 6: Braid
Continue to split your top ponytail into two sections and wrap it around the lower ponytail. Secure it behind, and repeat until you reach the bottom of your ponytail creating the braid down your back. At this point, I usually pull the braid over my shoulder to see what I’m doing.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial Step 7: Create Volume
Pull out the braid in each section to loosen the hair and develop the super-voluminous look. I start at the outside of the section and loosen it gradually. It also helps to start at the bottom of your braid to loosen the ends and work your way up to the top. This is what creates the illusion of volume.
Pull Through Braid Tutorial Step 8: Secure Loose Ends
Use bobby pins to secure any shorter pieces of hair or layers that may have split from your braid and spray with hairspray to hold in place.
That’s all it takes! This pull-through braid is fairly simple and quick to create. The video I created below helps show each step as I do it. Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to email me if you’d like more hair tutorials or have any requests! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like my posts!