The Heart Braid: Perfect for Valentine’s Day

heart braidValentine’s Day is just a few days away and I have a super adorable hairstyle for you to test out on your little girl!!

In honor of the holiday celebrating love and friendship ’round the world, here is an adorable style created by Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair , the all-encompassing hair book for kids and their parents.   This book is a comprehensive how-to for cuts, style and care of hair for your girl!

What You’ll Need:

Wide-tooth comb

Fine-tooth comb

Hair clip

Ponytail holders (I 10000% recommend getting a few packs of clear braiding elastics- you can find them on Amazon: Gold Magic Clear Elastic Braiding Bands or at a place like Sally Beauty Supply).



15 minutes (This took me about 20 minutes my first attempt.  Once you’ve done it once, it’s easier, because you can kind of “remember” how to do it.)


valentine hair braid

Here’s my attempt, how did I do?

Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.  Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head.  Clip one side up right above the ear. (The dampness here is KEY to getting the braids to look neat and smooth, and this has been learned by trial and error from yours truly NOT always wetting the hairs down!!)


Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown.  This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.


Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart.  You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part.  Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.


Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder.  If the hair is very long, end the braid about midear; the ends will hang down the back.


Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process.  Secure with a ponytail holder.


Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.


We have put ribbons, bows, flowers and pony streamers where the heart ends, or you can just leave it simple and sweet.  It depends on your mood or outfit, of course.  My girl and I are thinking we may try to make this into two braids on the sides of her head for Valentine’s Day next week, but I haven’t yet attempted that.  I will update with some photos if we do manage two!!

Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair
I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions are my own.

About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

10 comments… add one
  • This is adorable! When I was young I used to wear braids that came together in the back like this! Two small braids on the sides that combined in the back into one braid.
  • thanks- am definitely going to do this for my daughters hair on tuesday!
  • That is precious!! I'm going to share it with my son's girlfriend tomorrow :)
  • Aww, that looks so pretty. Unfortunately I don't have children (or young relatives around me) and my hair probably wont take kindly to being braided like that, not that I wont probably try lol.
  • How adorable is that?! I'm definately going to do this for my 2 girls on Valentines Day. I'll be practicing this weekend for sure. Thanks!
  • I LOVE that braid! You did amazing. I wish I had a daughter so I could braid her hair... Maybe one day... but for now, just to try to figure out how to do it for my own hair for V-Day
  • Brett, that is so cool!! Thanks for the tips on how to do this style!! I plan on trying it on my 4 year old tonight after she gets home, it is just super cute and hope I can do it. I'll have to get to the store to get some braiding elastics, if I can do this style, then I just may have to get that book and try others!! Thank You so much I hope I can get it to come out as great as you did for your daughter!
  • How cute. Now if my 4 year old's hair would grow!

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