How to put hair wraps & beads on braids

Updated July 19, 2017

Braids are a fun and easy way to make your hairstyle pop, and colourful beads and hair-wraps can also be used to accessorise the braids. Choose from single-coloured, glitter or holiday-themed beads or string to make your outfit stand out. And because beads and string are available at most craft supply stores, this look is extremely inexpensive and easy to do. Whichever braid you choose to produce, be sure to follow simple after-care steps to keep your braid neat and tight.

Braid hair with a bead at the end. Separate a one- to two-inch section of hair and divide into three even pieces. Braid as normal to the end of the hair. Wet tips, if necessary, and slide bead to the end of braided section. Affix with a small elastic. Use two elastic bands if bead is still capable of slipping off.

Create a braid that contains beads every few braids. Separate a one to two-inch section of hair. Begin braiding at scalp, and complete two full braids. Wet ends of hair if necessary, and slide first bead up and into place. Continue braiding for two more braids, or for one-inch in length. Slide another bead onto the braid. Repeat until the braid is finished and contains several beads. Affix with an elastic, or two if necessary, to keep final bead in place.

Braid hair with string and beads to create a hair wrap. Gather coloured string of three different colours. Measure string to be two inches longer than your hair from scalp to tip. Gather one bead for the end of the braid. Separate hair into a one- to two-inch section. Separate into three even pieces. Tie one piece of string to the top of each section, as close to the scalp as possible. Gather three sections together tightly and begin looping one piece of string tightly around section of hair. Repeat for six or seven loops, or until a centimetre of string is wound around hair.

Continue wrapping string. After several rounds, pull second coloured string and begin to wrap around tightly. Complete, switching colours, until all three colours have been wrapped around the hair section. Repeat until hair is entirely wrapped in string, and pull tight to keep section together. Wet hair tips if necessary and slide a coloured bead to the end of the hair section. Secure with an elastic or two to keep bead and string in place.


Work slowly and neatly to ensure a clean braid. Pull strands together tightly after each braid to ensure the braid stays together. Once finished, spray with hairspray or run an anti-frizz serum over the braids to keep braid shiny and sleek. Wear hair down or pulled back in a ponytail to show off your new braid.

Things You'll Need

  • Beads
  • Three strands coloured string
  • Hair elastics
  • Hairspray or anti-frizz serum, optional
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Elizabeth Baker holds a Masters of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing and has been working with Demand Media Studios since 2002, specializing in health, education, food and travel topics.