Easy French Braid With High a Ponytail Tutorial

Chloe Gillian
by Chloe Gillian
4 Materials
15 Minutes

If you’ve been looking for a way to blend a French braid with a high ponytail, then this is for you!

It’s a super quick and easy way to create a cute hairstyle for medium to long hair.

If you’ve never made a French braid before, this is also the perfect style to learn how to do it.

Tools and materials:

  • Brush
  • Small hair tie
  • Large hair tie
  • Bobby pins
Brushing hair

1. Brush your hair

Brush through your hair really well to get it as smooth as you can.

Separating top section

2. Separate the top section

Use your fingers to comb your hair back from your forehead.

Separate out a section at the front. Mine is the full width of my eyebrows and about 1 to 2 inches deep.

Three sections

3. French braid

Divide the front section into three, for braiding.

French braiding hair

French braid the section towards your crown by taking a fairly small piece of hair into the braid on each side as you work.

The braid should stay the same approximate width throughout, but don’t worry about keeping a super straight line.

French braiding hair

When you reach the crown of your head, continue with a simple braid to the end of your hair. Tie it off with a small hair tie.

Making ponytail

4. Make a ponytail

Gather all of your free hair, including the end of the braid, into a high ponytail. 

Making ponytail

Use the hair to cover the sides of the braid, to give a neat finish.

Making ponytail

Secure it with a large hair tie.

Softening front

5. Soften the front

Pull a few small sections of hair around your face from out of the ponytail, so it doesn’t look too severe.

Releasing braid

6. Release the braid

Remove the small hair tie from the braid.

Finger comb it into the rest of the ponytail.

Covering hair tie

7. Cover the hair tie

Take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail.

Covering hair tie

Wrap it once or twice around the base of the ponytail, to cover the hair tie.

Covering hair tie

I then use a couple of bobby pins to secure the ends of the wrap against the back of my head.

With this method, the grips do show. If you prefer them not to, then push the pins into the base of the ponytail itself, to hide them.

I find my way feels more secure, but it’s up to you!

French braid with high ponytail
French braid with high ponytail

French braid with high ponytail

French braid with high ponytail

I think this French braid high ponytail hairstyle is a really pretty and cute way to keep your hair off your face.

With a bit of practice you can do it very quickly. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, I think it works even better if it looks a bit casual and messy. It’s a lovely springtime look.

As you can see, my hair is really thick and this style still controls it very well. It looks great if your hair is finer too, or a bit shorter than mine.

Please do tell me what you think of it, or if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Next, learn How to Achieve a Bouncy and Voluminous Blowout at Home.

Suggested materials:
  • Brush
  • Small hair tie
  • Large hair tie
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