I’ve been rocking braid crowns all summer, but the recent heat got to me and I spontaneously cut my hair shorter than ever. I've been enjoying the lightness and I love that my hair stays extra flippy, but I do miss my summery braids. I decided to re-create the short hair version a la a braided hairband.
I used to do this style when I was younger, but didn’t start again until recently. It works on long or short hair and is a good way to look fancier than usual without all the fuss of an updo. I guarantee multiple people will ask if it’s your real hair...and then not believe you.
I decided to curl my hair beforehand (more or less to look presentable in these photos versus all out bed-head). I went with a flip, but obviously you can bob it, curl it or whatnot...whatever your heart desires. By styling the rest of your hair, it creates a polished look, but a braided crown will look just as good (and more relaxed) with your natural texture. This can be extra pretty if you have long, flowing hair.
Supplies: You’re going to need exactly four bobby pins, two clips, a brush, a comb, hairspray and, in this case, a curling iron. If you have teeny-tiny bobby pins, go with those. They tend to work better since the braids are small.
To start, use the comb to create a part straight down the middle of your hair. It helped that I curled my hair after parting it since the left side needed to get used to being parted differently. At this point, you can leave your hair product-free so you can braid without the stickiness of hairspray or gel. I did add a tiny bit of hairspray at the top, but only to tame weird, cow-lick hairs that appeared because my hair was not used to being parted in the middle.
Now comes the weird part. Take the brush and, starting from the side of your hair, brush upward in a sweeping motion. This should be about two inches worth of hair and should basically encompass the entire section in front of your ear.
Once you have that front section of hair separated (feel free to pin the rest back), you need separate the top part of that hair by brushing and pinning it back with a clip. It should feel and look like you’re doing a half up/half down hair-do. You're left with the lower section of your hair, which should feel sort of thick. If your section is too thin, then just add a bit more hair from the bottom. Make sure both sides have an even amount of hair though.
Take that bottom chunk of hair, brush upward and start braiding toward the opposite side of your head. It helps to tilt your head diagonally, which, I admit, can be mildly uncomfortable.
Keep braiding until the ends of your hair can braid no more and then clip it. Repeat on the opposite side.
Once you have both braids clipped, take one braid and pull it across taut. Using the baby bobby pins, pin the end of the braid down with the pins facing each other diagonally thereby creating an x-shape. Repeat with the opposite braid. If you haven't already, pull the rest of your hair back and give the braids a spritz of hairspray. Try not to get too much on the surrounding hair so it doesn't get crunchy.
Overall you’re ready to go, but personally my hair wouldn't be complete without a total tease-athon!
Give the mini bouffant a good spray and make sure everything looks smooth. Most importantly, make sure that the bobby pins are neatly hidden behind your hair. Whether you keep it parted or puffed up, the sides should stay loose enough to hide the pins.
It's a great hairdo for special occasions, but is also pretty awesome for everyday wear.