A Twist On The Classic Three-Strand Braid

Do you remember getting all “fancy” with your dolls or My Little Pony figures when you were little? I always loved braiding the hair on mine because my hair was always shorter growing up. My favorite style was to braid three basic braids and then braid those together for a big, fancy complicated braided ‘do. Well, this summer braided style is kind of a simpler take on that—when my hair is longer I hope to fully recreate that My Little Pony braided magic!Step one: To create a bit more visual interest on top, start by twisting a section on either side of your head and tying them together in a small ponytail.

Step two: Pancake and pull apart your twists for a fuller/messier look.

Step three: Separate your hair into three sections.

Step four: Braid the middle section and tie off with an elastic.

Step five: Take all of your hair and make one large three-strand braid, using your braid in the middle as one of your three sections.

Step six: Tie it off with an elastic and pancake for a fuller look.

That’s it! It’s really quite a simple style to do that has a sort of random/interesting texture look to it that makes it seem more complicated than it is. I like the way the middle braid is sort of “hiding” in the final braided look. Cheers, Rebecca.

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Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Your hair is gorgeous! I can’t wait for my hair to grow a bit so I can try out this style!


  • That looks absolutely gorgeous, wow! I love your hair!

  • This is so cool, I used to love My Little Pony and will definitely be trying this. It can be so difficult to find new ways to style hair so it is lovely to see such a fresh idea. Thanks!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly

  • Always loving your hairstyles, Rebecca!!

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  • Love this braid! I am wondering- in the second step besides pancaking it, it looks like the elastic was covered up. Do you just twist some hair around it?

    • Hi Amber, I actually didn’t–as I pancaked my twists they sort of ended up “swallowing” the elastic and hiding it, I think it’s b/c I pulled them quite a bit near where I tied it off. But you can definitely just wrap a bit of hair around the elastic if you want to hide it–that works too. 🙂

  • I love hairstyle so beautiful!
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  • This is so beautiful! I want to try it out but I have black hair so nobody will see it 🙁


  • I’m traveling this week and always on the hunt for no-fuss hair styles! This one is perfect! I just need that hair color now..

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