Braids are officially everywhere and the team and I have seen it all. French braids, dutch braids, fishtail braids, micro braids …
But, my favourite braid is officially the crown braid. Whether you circle it all the way around, or have two braids start from the top and meet at the bottom, crown braids don’t have to read as “cute”. They can be fashionable and bohemian when roughed up a little, regal and sophisticated when smoothed over and tucked neat.
For this particular crown braid, the bride had mid-length hair that was fine and tapered towards the ends. I started by parting her hair deep on one side and dutch braiding both sides right at the top and towards the bottom middle of the back of her head and then braiding all the way to the tip. The heavier braid tail circled back up towards the front on top and the lighter braid trailed across the bottom. The end goal was to have the tails tuck in on the opposite side at the top of the head.
Unfortunately, hair that tapers on the ends don’t make for prominent braided tails, so I used hair filler to create thick fat braids right to the tip of the tail. This is key for having a strong noticeable braid.
To add weight and thickness, I used Hairintensity Extensions and cut them into 2-inch strips. I didn’t use or sew on any wig clips. I cut about 12 2-inch sections, and kept them close to me as I braided. I started the dutch braid, and as I started to create my second plait and brought in a new section of the bride’s own hair to add to the braid, I also tucked in an extension underneath that; I continued the weave and repeated it, adding filler hair each time. Repeat for the other side.
Adding in the filler hair created full tails and made for a prominent, stand out, double crown on both sides. I simply pinned the tails over one another securing it every plait or two, and then tucked the ends in at the top. Then I inspected for any telltale tracks and hid those either under the braids. To add some size, I tugged on the plaits of the braids also.
This bride wanted a rougher appearance to her crown braid, so we didn’t completely smooth her hair, except for where tracks of the extension pieces could be seen. During my process, I adding dry shampoo to the hair, and then curled. I teased round the front and the crown of the head for volume and texture, and then went right into my braiding process. I sprayed it all down for hold.
If you prefer a cleaner smoother appearance, you can add some smoothing creme to the hair before braiding and keep your braid tight. Finish with hairspray and shine spray.
Something to try and it’s great for keeping the hair off the face and neck!