I am very excited to tell you today that I have finally figured out how to do a full braided crown! You might remember that I mastered the half up braided crown a while back. Well, it has taken me this long to figure out how to get all of my hair in there. Mostly, I was making it way more complicated than it needed to be. So, I did some research on the interwebs and figured out that there is a much easier way to go about doing the braided crown than trying to do one continuous braid (I'll master that one at some point). Here are the steps for getting your own crown fit for the royalty that you are!
Disclaimer: This works best on hair that is past shoulder length. Start with slightly dirty hair and make a deep side part.
To make things easier, I suggest sectioning your hair into two pigtails.
Start by braiding the top section. For this, I think the Dutch braid works best, but I am positive a regular French braid or even a fishtail braid would look equally cool.
Secure your first braid with a clear elastic.
Next, and this is where it get a little tricky and might require some additional practice, braid the bottom braid by starting at the base of your neck and working toward the front of your face. I have to kind of hang upside down to do this.
Make sure you are incorporating all of the hair in as you go along the side of your head. It might take a couple of tries to get it nice and smooth against your scalp.
When you're done, you should have one really nice looking braid and one really wacky braid that is coming from the back of your head.
Now, pancake those braids! Pull them out bit by bit to fluff them up and give them volume. Don't be afraid to pull too much out. The bigger the better!
Grab your bobby pins and start pinning!
Take the top braid and wrap it around the back of your head, crossing it over the beginning of your bottom braid. Pin it along the back of your head at intervals that feel secure to you. Try to hide the bobby pins as much as you can within your braids so they don't stick out.
Make sure to tuck in the ends of the braids into the overlapping braids to hide the elastics and end bits and make it appear seamless. Then, wrap the bottom braid over the top of your head and tuck it into the top braid, pinning securely as you go.
Once you've got it all pinned in place and it feels and looks the way you want it, pull out a few pieces around your face to give it a bit of a wispy look. You can also play with volume again and pull out more of the braid to keep adding volume/messiness as you see fit. Don't forget to give it a good spray with your hairspray of choice to keep it all together!
Voila! A perfectly easy braided crown! Perfect for summer days when you can't be bothered with doing your hair and want to keep it off your neck and out of your face. Or for days when you just want to feel like a Medieval princess. Give it a try and let us know how it goes! We'd love to hear any tips or tricks you have as well!
Go get em' princess!