How-to Easy Braid Hairstyle – Hair Romance Reader Question

I would absolutely love to know how to do this following hairstyle: it’s the third picture, on the right.
Could you possibly tell me how to do it? thank you!! :)

Here at Hair Romance we love a braid or two.

I haven’t seen this style before so I was happy to try and figure out how it was achieved.

It’s a backwards braid (or inside out braid) that’s only adding in sections from the top. It’s done by braiding the top half of your hair around each side to meet at the back to make this super cute half-up-half-down hairstyle.

Don’t worry, I’ve broken it down even further with some how to step by step pics below.

What is a backwards (or inside out) braid?

Normally with French braids you have three sections that weave together over the top. Backwards is simply weaving together from underneath. You still add in sections just braid underneath and this leaves a plait on top.

Step 1 – Part your hair – I did mine on the side but this style is also cute with a centre part.

Step 2 – Take a section at the front and split into three.

Step 3 – Plait together in a French braid, bringing the sections in from underneath.

Step 4 – Braid in section from the top only, leaving the rest of your hair to hang down under the braid.

Step 5 – Finish the first side in a plait and secure with an elastic.

Step 6 – repeat steps 2-5 on the other side.

Step 7 – Tie the two sides together with an elastic. Hide the elastic by wrapping a section of hair around it and pinning it underneath with a bobby pin.

Step 8 – Loosen up the braid to give it a messier finish and you’re ready to go.

I think my braid is a little too neat compared to the original picture but both styles work.

What do you think? Would you give this style a try? Do you have any hair questions you need answering? Drop us a comment below or shoot me an email at [email protected]

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  1. Courtney says

    Gorgeous! I will definitely give this one a try! I just discovered your blog a week or two ago, and I love it :)

  2. Hair Romance says

    @Courtney – thank you ps. doing your hair and photographing is a totally legit use of your time xx

    @Joanne thanks, I hope you do try it and let me know how you go xx

  3. theeclecticlife says

    This is incredible! I'm already addicted to your site. Thanks for giving those of us who are hair-challenged an opportunity to have cute hair styles!

  4. Amy says

    Im so into the braid right now but everyone seems to be doing the same thing. This is totally different and I love it. Thanks for the handy tips, keep them coming.

  5. Hair Romance says

    @the eclectic life – thank you! I'm excited about a new blog challenge, stay tuned for more inspiration

    @Amy – I've never seen this look before either, I love it too. Thanks for the encouragement xxx

  6. Hair Romance says

    @Barbs – Thanks lovely! Definitely try it, if your hair is too slippery you can use a sea salt spray or a light spray of hairspray to keep it in place xxx

  7. says

    i looove this! could please oh, please do a short video on how to do this? the pictures are helpful but i get a better grasp of it when i watch someone else do it! xoxo love love love the blog!

  8. says

    another way to add more texture and definition as well as aesthetic appeal, is to braid one of the three sections before and left it become loose and then braid it all into a french braid! its totally cool looking!

  9. says

    Hi! I am so excited to have found your site via Pinterest. My 11 year old daughter and I have hair to the middle of our backs and we found ourselves lacking for something to do that was quick, easy and for me in particular, the instructions were laid out clearly. You have achieved all of those things and the cute factor is huge on Finnley (the 11 year old)!
    Thank you so much for the time and energy you put in to your site. You are so appreciated. We will check in frequently.
    Kate and Finnley, Michigan, USA

    • Hair Romance says

      Thanks so much Kate! I love that you and daughter have fun together with your hair. Christina x

  10. cella says

    just fyi- this is actually called a reverse french braid or dutch braid for anyone wanting to google it or looking for more pictures :)

  11. says

    wow @hairromance wel mooi! I like it & I love it ! ikzelf kom uit Nederland (for you more famous: Holland) en ik vind dit echt een leuke en mooie site, in NL heb je de site, een soortgelijke site met woonideeën, haartips etc.

    m.v.g. Marieke, NL

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