Quick Jumbo Braid Ponytails Tutorial

Ariba Pervaiz
by Ariba Pervaiz
2 Materials
20 Minutes

Let’s go back to basics with this tutorial, and remember the double-Dutch braids from our childhoods.

Follow along for detailed instructions to recreate the jumbo braid ponytail. I’m going to make mine fan out a bit, so there’s some puffiness, because that’s just the way I like it.

Are you ready for this trip down memory lane with me? Then let’s start!

Tools and materials:

  • Comb or brush
  • Hair elastics
Prepping the hair

1. Prep your hair

Always make sure your hair is clean before you start braiding. If you try braiding dirty or oily hair, they won’t fan well, because the oil will bunch them together. 

Once your hair is clean, brush or comb out all of the tangles.

Parted hair

Part your hair down the middle, all the way to the back of your head.

Clipping hair

Clip one side of your hair away, so you can concentrate on working on the other side.

Brushing hair

2. Begin braiding

On the section you will braid first, brush your hair from front to back. 

Tip: As you are following this tutorial, don’t focus on how I am holding the strands of hair. Hold your own hair however it is most comfortable for you.

Concentrate, instead, on having a really tight grip on your hair, and following the pattern.

Braiding hair

3. The basic pattern

Just keep saying this: “Right under the center, left under the center.” That’s the basic pattern to follow for the whole braid. 

Start with a small section of hair from the front of your hairline and split it into three equal sections.

Braiding hair

Take the section on the right and move it under the center section.

Braiding hair

Now, bring your new left section under the new center section.

Braiding hair

Now you are back to the right.

Add a new small section of hair to the right section, and move the right under the center.

Then, add a new section of hair to the left section, and move it under the center.

Braiding hair

Continue adding sections to the right and left, continually braiding right under center, left under center.

Braiding hair

Continue the pattern along the whole side of your head.

Braiding hair

4. Braid the back of your head

Braiding the back of your head takes the most practice.

The same pattern continues, but you might want to use mirrors, so you can see what you are doing.

Braiding hair

5. Finish the braid

Once you are at the hair that is below your head, bring the hair to the front and continue braiding a traditional three-strand braid. 

Tie it off at the end with a hair elastic.

Braiding hair

6. Braid the other side

Repeat steps 2-5 on the other side of your head, making sure that you are creating the second braid at the same angle as your first one.

Fanning braid out

7. Fan out your braids

While holding your braid down flat with one hand, use your fingers on your other hand to gently pull on the braid from each side, fanning it open. 

This technique is called “pancaking”, and you should always start it from the front of your hair and work down to the bottom.

Progress shot

You can see the difference between the side I’ve fanned and the side I haven’t. I think they look a lot cuter puffed out.

Progress shot

8. Add character

If you want to add a bit more character to your fanned double-Dutch braid, pull a few strands of hair out of the braid at the front of your head.

Jumbo braid ponytails

Here’s the finished look of my double-Dutch braid from the side.

Jumbo braid ponytails

And here’s a front view. 

Jumbo braid ponytails

That’s it! It may take a bit of practice, but once you get it mastered, you’ll be able to keep the braids in all day, and you might even be able to sleep on it and wear your hair like this again the next day! 

Let me know if you try this big jumbo braid technique and whether it worked well for you.

For more hair content, check out my Super Easy Heatless Sock Curls Tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Comb or brush
  • Hair elastics

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