How To Style A Chain Braid

Lovely Chain Braid (click through for tutorial)We are all completely in love with Emma’s new blunt cut! As soon as I laid eyes on it I knew it would be perfect to try out some new hairstyles. The first style I chose was a chain braid, because it’s great for her particular length. Gals with longer hair, this will work for you too!

Lovely Chain Braid (click through for written steps)Step 1: Divide a section of hair in half and tie in a knot.

Step 2: Pick up a smaller section of hair on either side of the knot and add it to your strands (just as you would in a french braid).

Step 3-4: Tie in a knot again. Each time you tie a knot, add a small section of hair to each strand before you tie another. Continue tying and adding until you reach just behind the ear.

Step 5: Pin the chain braid in place with bobby pins.

Step 6: Create a pigtail, incorporating the braid. Pin into a bun and repeat all the steps on the other side of your head!

Darling Chain Braid (click through for full tutorial)Darling Chain BraidChain Braid Tutorial (click through for steps)I found that dampening the hair before you start really helps keep the knots looking smooth. Thanks, Emma, for letting me play around with your hair. I can’t wait to try it on my own! xo. Katie

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  • Fun! I’ve never seen this one here in L.A.. Here’s one of my favorites…

  • This style is new for me. I haven’t seen this before. I love to try this hairstyle on me.

  • This is the most unique take I have seen on updos in a long, long time. Can’t wait to try it!

  • This is so neat! One thing though- The bobby pins are upside down. Ever since I learned this, I notice it every time. This article explains it all.

  • This is so cute! I tried it a few times, but instead of looking like a chain, it looked like a braided mess! I geuss I’ll have to keep trying!

  • Wow this is amazing how long did it take? I wish my hair was long enough to try it! Rachel of http://

  • tried to do this to my hair today and apparently my hair wasn’t up for cooperating with me

  • This is so cool. I will try this soon.


  • I love LOVE this hairstyle! It’s different, it’s stylish, it’s cute, it’s girly. I’ll definitely give this a try!


  • ADORE THIS! What a fun new braid. As a dance teacher, I constantly have my hair up and am seeking creative ways to change the look away from bunhead:)

  • This is so fun! I love it! Very cute and different… I’m terrible at braiding… especially my own hair. But I love the look!

  • I love all of your DIYs. I am always so inspired after I read your posts!

  • It’s really nice, but your bobby pins should be upside down… ;)That way, they better stay in your hair.

  • This looks amazing, can’t believe it’s that simple. Not sure I’ll manage it

  • I love Emma’s new hair cut! And this braiding is awesome!!!


  • I love this! love it. Now I just need to figure out how to make it look that cute on me:)

  • This is great! I just recently cut my hair so I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it but I’ll give it a try.

  • I love braids but I’ve NEVER seen this style before!!! I love it! Thanks so much for the step-by-step. Can’t wait for more styles with Emma’s new cut!

  • I love it, I haven’t seen it before. Thank you for showing us how to do it 🙂

  • This looks lovely and unique, but I can’t French braid to save my life. So until I wise up and practice a bit more, I guess I’ll just have to admire this fun style from afar.

  • That is absolutely amazing!! I need to try that!

  • such a unique look!
    i may wait until i can have someone help me with this one, i am braiding challenged 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • I love this! It is so unique. I will definitely try this out once my hair is a little longer.


  • Oh what a gorgeous style! It looks easy, too, so I’ll have to try this out!


  • How creative! Can’t wait to try it.

    xo Denise

  • WOW! This is SO pretty! And so surprisingly easy too! I’m in love! This will be my hairstyle, like, TOMORROW.

  • This is so neat, the perfect way to spice up my everyday bun!

  • This is so cute. It would be awesome if you could incorporate some type of chord/ribbon/string into the hair to make the chain pop! Love this, def gonna give it a go <3 xoxo

  • Love this! Such a sweet style. Perfect for spring and sunny weather!

  • this is SO cute!!! i’ll have to try this!

  • Wow, I would have never thought of that!
    Definitely gonna give this a try, although I’m pretty sure it’ll never look this good.

  • This is the coolest thing ever! I have never tried a chain braid but you make it look so easy and stylish.

  • Yes! I’ve been looking for fun, different updos. I have never seen a chain braid before. Very cool! Excited to try this. Thanks!

  • How cute! I have to try this. I just moved to New Orleans and let’s just say that this is a perfect alternative to frizzy hair. 🙂

    ♥ Naomi Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups

  • This has the beauty of classic look with a twist of original; I love it!

  • I love this! I am growing out an asymmetrical bob, so I have been kind of restricted as far as hairstyles go – it’s a bit longer in the front through, so I can’t wait to try this!

  • i wish i had a friend like you who could make my hair pretty! you do such a lovely job, so consistently.

  • One of those moments when I TOTALLY miss having long hair… 🙂 This is beautiful!

  • I’m growing my hair out for the summer ( I know, the opposite of what other people do!) and looking forward to trying this style out!

  • I can’t believe that’s your real hair! It looks so well done and interesting.

  • it’s so hard to find nice styles for short hair, so thank you. Mine is a bit shorter than Emma’s but I think I can make this braid work for me. I’ll practice during the weekend. 😀

  • Wow this is so pretty, except I know I’ll just fail at trying to replicate this. I would love to do this hairstyle!

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