Crown Braid Tutorial

Ethereal, flower child, haute-couture-meets-4-year-old: a crown braid. I love it. So perfect for festivals and hot summer days where you want to have your hair up and out of the way. Depending on how you style it it can look very haute couture and if you google crown braids you will see some of the most ethereal photographs that will just delight you.

I have to confess that I miss my long hair for the simple reason that it made crown braids so easy and so full. Don’t worry if you have short hair, I’ll have a new tutorial for short hair coming soon!!

This is actually way easier than it looks, and all you’ll need is elastics, bobby pins, and optional texturizing spray and hairspray.

Let’s get started!

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Step One: On second/third day hair part your hair in two. I chose to part it in the centre, where I normally part my hair, but you could do it off to the side if you chose. Take the first section and do a dutch braid on it. Make sure when you get to the bottom to continue down the back and not cross it over to the front of your shoulder. Secure with an elastic.IMG_1682

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Step Two: Take the second half of your hair, and you’re going to do a regular dutch braid but starting from the nape of your neck going toward your face. This looks daunting and difficult but it does get easy and quick with practice, I promise! When you get to the end secure the braid with an elastic.

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Step Three: Using your fingers and any optional texturizing spray loosen the braids up. You want them to be as big and messy as possible without compromising the structural integrity of the braid.

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Step Four: Take the end of the braid that starts at the nape of your neck and start wrapping it around your head. You’re going to want to wrap it over the other other braid, especially in the front to cover up the less-fullnes of the start of the second braid.

Note: in these photos I have the second braid just randomly pinned to the top of my head to get it out of the way as I do this.

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Step Five: Continue to wrap it around. When you get to the end slide the elastic off and bobby pin anywhere and everywhere. Taking the second braid, wrap it in the same direction keeping it to the inside of the first braid. When you get to the end of that second braid you’re going to put it overtop of the first one in the back, to cover up the start of that upside-down braid.

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Step Six: Bobby pin and hairspray the crap out of it if you need to. You can leave it more sleek looking, or you can do what I prefer and mess it up even more. Pull out any loose baby hairs if you have any.

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And that’s it done! It gets easier with practice – a lot easier – and is such a fun hairstyle to do!

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