1. First, part your hair into two sections. To make the look softer, I like to make a diagonal part in the front (starting sort of near the arch of my left eyebrow, going towards the middle of the crown) and then bring the part straight down the back.
2. Braid the two ponytails, and secure each with a small rubber band.
3. Make sure the tops of the braids are pretty loose (you don't want that part pulled too tight or you'll be able to see the part line going down the back).
4. Take the braid on the right and wrap it around the front. Wrap it low and loose near your front hairline (versus on the top of your head).
5. Pin the braid in place with bobby pins. I like to use mini ones, but if you have thick or unruly hair, bigger pins will work better.
6. Take the second braid and wrap it around the back. Again, I like to keep it low and loose so it sort of flows into the front braid.
7. Pin in place. If your hair is long enough, tuck the end of each braids behind the other braid (right where they meet) and pin to hold. Voila!
(photos: courtesy of Cup of Jo)