Viking 3D Braid Tutorial for Long Hair

Jessica and Trencita are mother and daughter who both love beautiful braids! Their creative hairstyles are popular on Instagram, so girls experiment on a daily basis. Exclusively for The Right Hairstyles, Jessica gives a detailed Viking braid tutorial with a combination of three different braiding techniques. If you also have a daughter with long hair, or if you want to look fabulous yourself, you might want to check out her tutorial.

Step 1: Parting

Start by parting the crown hair section of the head to create an oval shape, and clip this hair away.

Extra tip: Depending on the hair length and thickness, you can use clips, or, for heavy and thick hair, use a hair tie to make sure nothing will get in your way while you are later braiding the sides.

Now, parallel to the curvy shape of the top, you take a 1-inch-wide section on both sides and beneath another one of 1.5-2 inches.

Extra tip: I believe that parting the hair neatly is the key to creating a beautiful braided style and in this case the neat part lines will stand in a great contrast to the more boho, loose top.) It is important to fix every section with hair ties into little buns or quick braids to have them out off the way during the braiding process.

Viking Braid Front Back Side View

Step 2: Side Lace Braid

The first braid you want to do is the little lace braid beneath the crown section. Take a little amount of hair from the front and split it into three equal tiny sections. Like a dutch braid, you cross the outer section (to the right, if you started on the right-hand side) under the middle section so that it lies in between the two neighbor sections, and then you do the same with a left section. Now, repeat this again with another right-side section and always adding in a little amount of hair only from the one side.

Extra tip: When starting on the right side, you add in hair when you bring the right section under to the middle, taking the new hair from below and pulling it up.

Viking Braid: Step 2

Step 3: Side Dutch Braid

The dutch braids underneath the lace braids are located in the middle of the prepared section, and you want to always add in hair here from both sides. Braid the same way as explained in Step 2 and add in new hair from the top and bottom until you reach the middle of the backside of your model’s head and then repeat the same steps on the left side.

Viking Braid: Step 3

Step 4: The 3D Round Braid

Section off a tiny part of the front hair and split it into four equal sections. The right outer section will be number 1, and 2, 3 and 4 will be the neighbors to its left. Start by bringing section 1 under 2 and 3, and wrap section 1 clockwise around section 3. Keep your sections tight together and separate them always between the gaps of your fingers. Now, do the same with the left outer section; section 4 goes under sections 3 and 2, then wrap 4 counterclockwise around number 2. In the third round, you will want to start to add in hair before you do the same braiding pattern the same way again.

Extra tip: When I start the 3D round braid, I prefer to take small sections and add in a small amount of new hair. This way, the whole braid starts off smaller in the front, closer to the forehead.

Keep on braiding until you get to the back of the head until you have no more hair to add in. If you are right-handed, you will want to hold the four sections separately in between your fingers of your left hand, now.

Viking Braid: Step 4

Step 5: Pancaking The Mohawk Top

Spray some hairspray over the top braid and start pancaking the 3D round braid by pulling out the sides. Pancaking creates the illusion of a bigger braid, as in there would be much more hair, and, in our style, it will have the look of a mohawk.

With this braid technique, you have the possibility of making it bigger in three directions, and not just wider. Pull the outer edges of all four sections out carefully. You will see two sections on the top that you can pull up, and, on each side, another section laying under, and that’s the one you should pull to the sides. It is always a matter of personal taste how big you want to make your top braid.

Viking Braid: Step 5

Step 6: Finish The 3D Round Braid

When you are done with the mohawk part of the style, it is time to braid the remaining hair at the top until the end without adding in any new hair. The technique will still be the same. Before you tie off the braid with a little hair tie, pancake the braid similar to how you did the top section, until you are happy with the result.

Extra tip: I always prefer to hide the elastics by wrapping a little strand of hair around them.

Viking Braid: Step 6

Step 7: You’re Almost There!

Gather together all the remaining hair, including the four side braids and tie them into a ponytail, right under the spot where you stopped adding in hair into the 3D round braid.

Extra tip: Always have your hair ties close to you. I wear the bigger ones around my wrist and the small elastics like a ring on my fingers.

Viking Braid: Step 7

Step 8: Finish!

Take a second, strong hair tie to fix the 3D round braid over the ponytail. Now, use a topsy tail tool to hide it with a strand of hair wrapped around the bobble and you are done!

Viking Braid: Step 8

If you need more details to master a Viking braid hairstyle, watch this video tutorial as well:

Did you like this hairstyle made of 3 different braids? Follow @trencitajohnson on Instagram for more unique and creative hair ideas!