The most complex looking braids are also the easiest- once you figure out the braiding tricks (cheats). The crown braid is one such style that looks complicated but can be achieved with minimal effort. This is my new favorite way to wear my hair. I am totally obsessed with its crown look. The original (or most popular) crown braid is done by french braiding around the crown of the head. Not everyone is a pro in braiding (at least I am not). So, here is my cheat sheet to achieve the most Insta savvy braided crown without having to do any actual french braiding.
I like to do this hairstyle on a 3rd /4th day after a wash as it my gives my hair a bit more grip and the braid stays put without falling apart easily.
Step 1: Part your hair into 2 sections.
Step 2: Normal braid both the sections of the hair (pigtail) to the end and secure them with a rubber band.
Step 3: Pancake your braids to make them look fuller and wide. By pulling more, you can achieve a more messy braid look.
Pancaking is the process of gently pulling each section of the braid with your thumb and pointed finger to create a voluminous look instantly.
Step 4: Follow along the crown of your head and lay the braid tails to the other side of the head by crisscrossing them. Secure the ends tightly with bobby pins.
- If you have really short hair and the braids doesn’t go all the way to the other side, then use a cute hair clip or hair accessory to hide the loose ends.
- You can do a fish braid instead of regular braid if you are looking for more dressy or stand out look.
- You can bring one braid tail from the back and other one from the front forming a circle for dutch braid look.
Voila! it’s one of the easiest braids to try. The only trick is to put the better looking braid on the front. Crown braids makes any outfit pull together. I wore it with my yoga wear and loved how it dressed up my entire outfit yet still gave the laid back feel.
Which hairstyle you would like to see next?