The French Milkmaid Braid Tutorial

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As you may well know, I have been highlighting my hair for the better part of a decade. I have naturally ash blonde hair which just looks dull (or worse, dirty) if it isn’t brightened up. To keep my hair at its strongest, I’m always on the lookout for advanced technology hair care products that will restore my hair. I typically take a pretty proactive approach – I don’t wait until my hair is dry and brittle, I constantly maintain it with strengthening shampoos and deep conditioners. And I always use a heat protectant. Recently I’ve discovered the new line from Neutrogena® and I really like it–it’s called Triple Repair and consists of a shampoo, conditioner, and leave in treatment that works as a heat protectant up to 400ºF. What I really like is that this system is really nourishing and restoring, but it’s lightweight, which is perfect for my fine strands. It also claims to make hair 3x stronger after just one use. I’m all about instant gratification!

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Milkmaid Braids

To celebrate my newly strong hair, I did a fun braid look that is a hybrid between french braids and milkmaid braids…so how about we call it the French Milkmaid?

  • My hair is shoulder length so after braiding the sides individually, I made a small ponytail in the center with the leftover hair.
  • I then pulled it into a tiny half bun (like you do when you’re going to exercise and don’t pull your hair all the way through the elastic).
  • I swept and pinned the braids over and under the center loop of hair.

It really looks much more complicated than it really was! (You’ll just need a lot of straight hair pins–not bobby pins.)

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What do you think? I hope you like it!!

This post was brought to you by Pretty Shiny Sparkly, Refinery29, and Neutrogena!

  • Raven Locks

    You look so pretty with your hair like that! I did my milkmaid braids a little differently…but I think yours are better :) I like the top you’re wearing too.

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  • http://weheartbeautyblog.com/ Lara Love

    So pretty! I’d so scared of updos I really need to stop lol. Love this!

    xox Lara http://www.weheartbeautyblog.com

  • Miranda

    This is such a pretty and unique updo and seems pretty easy! My hair is about the same length as yours so I’m totally going to try it!

  • Alessia

    Wow your hairstyle looks great! I’m not sure if i’d be able to do that! xx

    lashesandblushes

  • Abby Evans

    I love the hairstyle and the highlights! I will definitely be trying this very soon!

    http://youarebeaut.blogspot.com/

  • http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com/ Heidi

    Love this! Definitely going to have to give this one a try.

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

  • http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com/ ashleigh

    I can’t braid my own hair in the back, so I’ll try that on my daughter!
    -Ash
    http://www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

  • judi821

    Looks beautiful, but is there actually a tutorial on how to do the hairstyle? All I can see are pictures of it….

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina

      Sadly I wasn’t able to take pictures because my hands were full and I was by myself! It was only later that someone was able to take pictures of the finished look. But if you know how to French braid your own hair this look should be a cinch!

  • http://www.asliceofglam.com/ A Slice of Glam

    Looks very cute!

    Amberly
    http://www.asliceofglam.com

  • Style Me Thrifty

    So pretty! I love styles like this for the summertime that get my mane off my neck! ~Madeline

  • http://www.yaelsteren.com/ yael steren

    Love this look. My question is the same as Judi. Do you have a step-by-step tutorial where we can actually get a sense for how you achieved this look. I’m having a tough time based on the description you provided in this current post. Thanks! yael
    http://www.yaelsteren.com

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina

      Sadly I wasn’t able to take pictures because my hands were full and I was by myself! It was only later that someone was able to take pictures of the finished look. But if you know how to French braid your own hair this look should be a cinch for you. :)

  • Emmy

    so cute! I love this hair style!

    http://glamchowderfashion.wordpress.com

  • x

    Where were the pictures taken? The lighting and out-of-focus background looks stunning!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina

      They were taken outside in rice village by a helpful passerby! :)

  • Pretty Gossip

    Gorgeous! Great post pretty lady. Excited to be featured next to you on R29! xo

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Thanks so much! xo K