Hair How to: Crown Braid
Hey Everyone! Today I am going to share with you a quick tutorial on how to make a Crown Braid!
Crown braids are so versatile, they can be dressed up or down, or you can add accessories like a huge flower crown to make them a bit more fun and interesting. Lets jump into it!
Ok, so the first thing you want to do is split the hair into 4 sections. I like to make pie sections that pivot from the top of the head.
Next you want to begin to create your dutch braid (or inside out braid) starting at the nape of the neck somewhere behind the ear. Starting from this point allows us to build up the size of that braid by the time we get to the front of the head. Also, if you are not used to creating a dutch braid, but you are familiar with a french braid, you can absolutely do a french version of this braid. If you would like to try the dutch version, just switch your mechanics from passing the hair over and to the middle (for a french braid) to passing it under and to the middle (for a dutch braid).
Once you have finished that section, you can drop out your next one and continue around the perimeter of the head. This method helps us to keep organized without getting overwhelmed with too much hair and keeps the hair out of the clients face while you create.
Once you have reached the point that you began in, you can braid down the rest of the hair with a simple 3 strand braid.
When you secure the elastic on the end, wrap it tightly around the hair like you normally would but on the last wrap, only pull the hair halfway through the elastic. (shown above) This is called a whales tail, and it allows us to have a clean end to our braid and a hook that I can easily pin into without having to worry about hiding any stray end pieces.
From there you will want to being to pull out some of the braid and make it bigger and fuller. When you do this make sure to pull just the outside parts of the braid and not the entire piece. If you notice in the photos above, my thumb is placed on the outside half of where I am pulling, allowing me to change the shape of the braid without pulling the entire thing out.
Wrap the braid around the head (I like to sit it behind the dutch braid) and begin pinning in the opposite direction (without opening your pins) all around the head until everything feels secure.
Continue to pull out the braid and make it a little bigger or messier wherever you feel fit.
Add some accessories if you’re feeling fancy…