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Ever look at that 10-second braiding clip on your Insta-feed and think, how on earth did they do that? Trust us, you’re not alone. So when we spotted an emerging trend of the intricate cage braid (a hybrid braid – part classic French and part fishtail) we thought it was best to slow it down and show you exactly how it’s done.

Whether you’re confident enough to give it a go solo or have a bestie you can rope into helping you out, this tutorial will help you be the one to leave the timeline stalkers in awe!

What Will I Need to Create a Cage Braid?

  • Detangler brush
  • Elastic bands
  • Hairspray
  • Grips
  • BFF (optional)
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Step 1 – Brush hair & create ponytail

Cage Braid step 1

Brush through hair with a detangler and always start with super straight locks. This is the optimum starting point for braiding. Sweep hair up into a mid-height ponytail and secure with an elastic band. Pull the ponytail tight and brush through.

Step 2 – Separate a top section & plait

Cage Braid step 2

Take a small section of the ponytail and divide into 3 equal parts. To kick-start the cage braid, begin to plait this section as normal.

Step 3 – Introduce outer sections into main plait

Cage Braid step 3

With the three top sections in hand, now you want to begin introducing outer sections into the braid. It may appear fiddly, but patience is key and always keep the sections pulled tight for a neater finish. So starting with one side, take a small outer section and introduce it into the main plait by overlapping it until it reaches the middle section. With this in hand, alternate to the other side and repeat the process of going from the outside in.

Continue these steps, alternating sides and always using hair from the back of the ponytail and bringing it into the middle of the main plait. With the last remaining section, bring it into the braid and then plait as normal until it nears the ends. Secure with a clear band.

Step 4 – Pull the braid upwards & secure with grips

Cage Braid step 5

With the braid in place, now it’s time to manipulate the sections to create a dramatic cage effect. Start by grabbing the top of the braid between the thumb and forefinger and gently lift until it reaches the top of the band. The entire braid will move and expand to reveal its layered look. Secure into place with grips and ensure hair is high enough to cover the elastic band.

Step 5 – Tuck in ends & apply hairspray

Cage Braid step 6

To polish the look, tuck the straight ends of the braid underneath the braid and use grips to secure. And lightly apply hairspray to keep any flyaways at bay.