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The ladder braid is a great hairstyle because it is simple to do but can fancy up a ponytail so you are set for prom, wedding, or (if you can do it on yourself) any day! Follow this tutorial to find out how to do it yourself!

Hair style was done by Sharelle Loudd at Beautique Salon in San Jose, CA. She was awesome enough to demonstrate this technique while we documented the process. Any mistakes are ours.

Beautiful photography by audreyobscura!

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Step 1: Starting the Braid

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Start with a ponytail. We are going to make a fishtail braid going down the body of the ponytail.

Start a small braid just off center. Hold the strand that is on the right, let the middle one hang, and then reach under the pony tail and grab a strand of hair from the right side and bring it under and around the pony tail. This strand becomes your left braid strand.

*The braid done in this Instructable is underhand (like a cornrow is done) rather than overhand. You can do this braid with either method.

Step 2: Continuing with the Ladder

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Before grabbing another section, do 3 turns of the braid down so you can see the separation between each "ladder" strand. You will start seeing the ladder shape after going a couple inches.

You are going to pull from behind because you are taking it from the right side and swinging it behind to the left side to create a little S shape. You want to keep the pieces as thin as possible without being too thin. Also, be sure to keep the braid straight.
sylviab17 months ago

nice i would to do this on my manikan

sunshiine1 year ago
I love the way this looks! thanks for sharing!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks for looking!
foobear1 year ago
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  foobear1 year ago
Thank you :)
Laynie1 year ago
That's so cool! I've never seen that before, I'm definitely gonna try it on my hair
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Laynie1 year ago
It is a pretty nice way to fancy up a pony tail :)
rvt19851 year ago
Very pretty!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  rvt19851 year ago