Hair How-to: Looped Braids

Monday, September 24, 2012

Please tell me I'm not the only blogger who was a huge American Girls fan when she was young? Anyone else remember those historical fiction books about plucky, brave and smart young girls from  different times in American history?

I even had my own American Girl Doll (and to emphasize how old I am, they only sold four dolls at the time. Now they sell fifty-zillion. And I know because, despite it being almost two decades since I bought anything from them, they still send me a catalogue now and then). Her name was Kirsten Larson and she just fascinated me. Her own story and my ancestors' matched pretty closely. Heck, Kirsten and my grandparents even shared the same name. Plus, Kirsten had the coolest hair. 

And if you don't have the slightest idea who Kirsten Larson is- Well, first, I'm sorry. That's too bad; they were good kids' books. Second, don't sweat it. Think Heidi of the Alp s instead, because today, we're going to show you how make looped braids.

Looped Braids Instructions

1) Divide Hair

Brush your hair and part it in the middle. Divide it into two sections along the part. 


Take a section and braid, starting with hair right behind the ear.

3)Tie Braid

Tie off the braid

4) Repeat on other side

Take the other section. Braid it. Tie off the braid. Your hair is now in two braided pigtails.

5) Take one braid...and make a loop

Take the end of a braid and pull the braid end around, hiding it behind the base of your braid. It should make a loop shape. The loops can either be paralell to your head, so you only see the side of teh loop. This looks a little like Princess Liea's famous hair-do. The other way to make the loop is so the loop is perpendicular to your face. Looking at yourself in the mirror you can see the 'O' of the loop. Play with your loops till you like how they look.

6)Pin it. Repeat on other side

Pin the loop in place. Make and pin a loop using your other braid. Remember to make sure each loop hangs about as low is the other one for a symmetrical look.

There you go. Find yourself some Alps, Hiedi. You are now certified to be yodelling (or doing anything else) along with the best of them.

P.S. Check out these other hairstyle tutorials


  1. This is so cute! I remember being obsessed with American girl dolls! Kit was my favorite! (I still love her outfits)

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  2. I LOVED American Girl dolls! I never had one, but I looked at every single catalogue and read all the books. My favorite was Molly, the one from the 1940s. And as for this hair, it's so cute! I can't believe how well you pull it off!

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  3. Hi, I just discovered your blog while in the process of creating my own.
    You seem like a very interesting person. Great tutorial, too, I love hair braids.

    The Judas Tree

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  4. cuteness! I never really got into the Kristen doll. I had Samantha and Molly .. well, still have them I'm sure

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  5. how fun! i really miss being able to braid my hair!!!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

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  6. omg! such a cool style!

    xoxo from rome

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  7. Such a cute hair style! I will have to give it a try!

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  8. I love this hairstyle, I wish I could do it with my bum-length hair! I think the loops would be a bit ridiculous and giant pretzel-esque.

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  9. it looks really beautiful! :)

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