View Full Version : May 2019 - Amish Braids

May 1st, 2019, 10:11 AM
Part hair all the way down the middle into two sections. Take the upper third of one section and begin English braiding it, without adding any sections in. Braid for a few "turns", then take the middle third of hair and add it to the braid all at once. Continue English braiding for a few turns (or until the braid reaches the remaining third of hair on that side), and add in the bottom third of hair. Continue English braiding to the ends of your hair. Repeat on the other side. You should now have two braids on either side of your head, beginning near the top of your head and anchored at two separate points, creating two braid "loops" on each side (these "loops" should be laying mostly flat along your head). Now take the end of each braid and lace it back and forth between these four "loops" until the length is used up. Tie the ends together with ribbon or pin them down.

As you can see, Amish Braids have some structural similarities to Interlaced Braids and the Elling Woman's Bun.

The video I have bookmarked for this style is gone. If someone wants to make a new one, I'd be grateful!

May 1st, 2019, 06:05 PM
Haartraum has a variant. She English braids all the way to the ends before adding the next sections but otherwise I think its the same.


I did the original version last summer as part of the ABC challenge. I am reposting the pictures here.



I had to lace my braids many times. I think I used Amish pins to help hold my ends under.

May 2nd, 2019, 10:16 AM
That's the style I'm wearing in my avatar pic. I had used Haartraum's technique. I really should do it again, it's been years since I've worn this, and I loved the style.

May 2nd, 2019, 07:57 PM
I just watched Haartraum's video. I don't speak German, but it looks like you lace the braids up corset-style until you run out of length?

Honestly, it's breathtaking. It reminds me of Daenerys' hair in Game of Thrones—the kind of hairdo I usually roll my eyes. "No one has that much hair, you can't have that many braids that thick, it looks so fake." But this is real, and it's gorgeous, and I'm in awe.

May 3rd, 2019, 08:05 AM
I do something similar to Haartraum but put "place my braids a bit farther from each other".

This one is from last year.

I do have a very bad quality video tutorial... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf0MntqAzXY&t=21s

May 5th, 2019, 07:17 AM
Your Amish braids are stunning, everyone :) I tried it today but I definitely need way more length, they stay in a crown shape as I can’t make a second loop if that makes sense.

May 5th, 2019, 05:35 PM
My first attempt:


Gotta try again. The big takeaway from this attempt this is the braids need to be french braids, at least at first, for feeding-the braids-through-underneath reasons. When they're English braids (like Haartraum's video, and like I did today) then your braids are less attached to your scalp, and so parts laced through them will slide down.

I don't know how to describe it with words exactly. It needs to be like:


rather than


Also, my hair is waist-length and only seems to be long enough for about 2 lace-throughs, so I gotta place those carefully.

May 7th, 2019, 02:43 AM
All these braids look gorgeous :heart: very nice job everyone!

May 10th, 2019, 08:08 AM
I tried to make that style again last weekend, but one of the braids just sit weirdly on my head and I didn't have time to redo it, so I just turned it into a bun. Now I'm wondering if it would be a comfortable style to travel (I'm taking a night flight in a few days)...

May 12th, 2019, 02:23 PM
I really like how much hair this style makes me look like I have.


May 12th, 2019, 03:27 PM
Everyone looks so lovely and elegant!

Here's my attempt. I need to remember this for summer. I don't even have any pins in.


May 14th, 2019, 09:56 PM
So pretty on eveeryone! I think my hair is too short for it though :cry:

May 20th, 2019, 05:43 PM
So pretty on eveeryone! I think my hair is too short for it though :cry:

I gave it a try, my hair is not too short! yay!

May 24th, 2019, 12:01 PM
This looks awesome I need to try it!!

I'm used to the amish wrapping their hair in a loose bun with a ponytail basethen covering it with a hairnet and pinning it down.

May 28th, 2019, 09:01 PM
Amish braids, take 2. (Please kindly engore the greasy roots.) This time I started with standard dutch braids. The first picture I took this morning, the second one I took at the end of the day. I'm amazed by how well it stood up.


May 30th, 2019, 09:44 AM
I stuck to the instructions for Amish braids rather than the Interlaced braids of which I am fond.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47966154923_81d27d3d5b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2g5B5K6)
Messy, but it held all day. And since I can Dutch braid, I think Interlaced braids win in the end.

Kat-Rinnč Naido
May 30th, 2019, 02:17 PM
These are gorgeous. Such a pity I am so challenged at braiding my own hair. All I regularly do are english braids.

June 29th, 2019, 12:01 AM
I can barely do a simple braid lol :(

August 25th, 2019, 04:52 PM
I tried this hairstyle today. It feels very solid and secure even though I only pinned the ends with a single bobby pin each, just to get it to stay since I'm not going anywhere and just wanted to see if I could do it. If I were going to wear this style out somewhere, I'd pin the ends differently or maybe even use clips to make sure it won't fall out. It definitely looks more intricate than it actually is. It seems to distribute the weight of the hair pretty evenly/comfortably.

I wish I had more length once I got to the lacing part; I was only able to lace the braids twice, each one to the opposite side and then back to its starting side.