How to Create a Crown Braid

Braids aren’t going anywhere, so we are breaking down the easiest way to pull off a pretty crown braid (they look hard, we know, but it’s easier than you think). Plus, why buy a headband, when you can make one using your own hair?

Whether you have an event and need a quick style or you simply want your hair out of your face for weekend errands, this easy updo does the trick. The pulled together style can be dressed up with a few studded pins and it can double as your daughter’s new go-to ‘do for ballet practice, gymnastic meets, or soccer matches.

Follow These Steps

  1. For fuller braids—and if you have spare time—curl several large sections of hair beforehand and spritz with a texturizing spray, like Amika Un.Done Texture Spray ($24, sephora.com).

  2. Divide your hair down the center, creating two equal sections.

  3. Create a three-strand braid with each section, making sure to keep them on the side of your head (not behind) and secure with a clear elastic, like Goody Ouchless Mini Elastics ($5, target.com).

  4. Pull one of the braids on top of your head, keeping it several inches away from your forehead, and use bobby pins to secure it across your head.

  5. Do the same with the other side, tucking the tails of both braids underneath the larger sections to conceal them.

    Tip: Don’t try to loosen up the braids, as this will happen naturally as you wear them. Spritz again with the texturizing spray to lock everything in place.