How To Video: Milkmaid Braids

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By August 3, 2012 11 Comments

How To Video: Milkmaid Braids

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Milkmaid braids, a celebrity favorite summer updo (like Mary Kate Olsen, pictured).

Tools Needed: Rattail comb, Goody elastics, large french hair pins, hairspray.

What I used: Rattail comb, Goody Ouchless Elastics, Goody Ouchless Mini Clear Elastics , French hair pins, L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray


Step 1: On air dried hair, make a center part with the end of a rattail comb. Make sure that the back of hair has a clean center part as well.
Step 2: Divide hair into two equal parts and bring them to each side. Place them behind ears create pigtails securing with a rubber band the same color as your hair.
Step 3: Start braiding one side into a tight, clean braid. If hairs become astray, use hairspray on your fingers to put them back in place.
Step 4: Secure the ends with a small clear rubber band. Make sure to braid at least 90% of the way down. Do the same on the other side.
Step 5: Take one braid and place it to rest above your head like a head band. Secure with french bobby pins. The ends will most likely stick up and that’s fine.
Step 6: Do the same with the other side only this time, where the two braids meet on top of your head, hide the extra hair (tail) of the first side under the braid of this side. Secure with french bobby pins.
Step 7: You will notice that the ends from the second braid are now sticking out. Take these and tuck them under the wrapped braid. Use a regular bobby pin to hide the tail.
Step 8: Spray, spray, spray!

Originally posted on May 28, 2012

  • April

    This braid is perfect for a boho chic summer look.

  • Jenna

    I love this. Trying it this weekend!!!

  • So cute! I really need to start doing something with my hair (as it just hangs there all the time), so this would be a cute, easy hairstyle to try!

  • I love this, I just wish that I can do this by myself, but I can’t braid my hair properly, or artistically. Can I use another hair product, besides hair spray?

  • Laura

    I tried this hairstyle at work this week… and got so so so many compliments. Everyone thought I had pulled off some very difficult hairstyle, and I told them how easy it was, and it’s all thanks to your video!
    I love Beautybanter and always will :)

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