Never again will you feel like a half up half down hairstyle is boring. This simple braided crown is lovely and has a romantic air that works ideally for daily wear, events, and parties, or even a wedding. From start to finish, this can take as little as 5-minutes depending upon how fast you braid. You are bound to adore this look and use it often.
Half-Up Half-Down Braided Hairstyle
The loose braids of this look are so easy to make and really turn the simplicity up a notch or two. I love that this works for both straight and curly hair, and to me, is the perfect style to use a day after you have curled your hair when you don’t feel up to washing it again.
If you like this half up half down braided crown, you are also going to love this braided crown princess hairstyle. It’s another look that is a bit tighter against your scalp but still easy to do in minutes.
What Tools Do I Need to Make a Braided Crown Hairstyle?
This is a super easy style that really only requires a few small elastic hair bands. Of course, every style starts with a comb or brush to remove tangles, and this one does as well. Otherwise, what you add to your hair to make it look different is up to you.
Tools I Use
While there aren’t many haircare items or tools needed for this style, below are a few of the favorites that I keep on hand all the time. Take a look at these and consider adding them to your hair routine.
- Wide-tooth comb
- Detangling brush
- Hair rubber bands
- Satin hair ribbon (optional)
- Topsy Tail braiding tool (optional)
Other Items I Love:
You may also want to add a decorative pin as our model did. This is a great way to add a matching element that goes with your jewelry or outfit chosen for the day. I love this set of decorative barrettes from Amazon. They have a variety of styles in one package so you have tons of choices.
Braided Crown Tutorial
For this hairstyle, the main thing you will need to do is have your hair ready to braid. Our model had curled her hair prior to styling, so she didn’t need to detangle it, but you may need to brush or comb through your hair first.
This look works great for most hair textures and lengths but may be harder to accomplish with shorter cuts. While this style works on clean hair, it may hold better on the 2nd or 3rd day after you wash your hair. It’s also a great look for the day after you have curled your hair.
Part your hair and then, on the side of the part, pull a small section of hair back and begin braiding it.
Braid backward for 3 to 4 turns, then finish with a regular 3-strand braid that goes 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down the hair.
Repeat this process on the opposite side securing both braids with a hair tie at the ends.
Now, go back over each braid and loosen it slightly to add volume to the braids. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top of the braid for the best results.
Repeat this on the other side so both braids are loosened and secured on the end of the braided portion with a hair tie.
Next, you will pull the braids back to the crown of your head, and connect them in the center with a hair band or elastic.
Smooth the ends of the hair down, then pull a small section of the hair to wrap around the hair tie and tuck underneath it. This can be tucked into the existing hair band or can be secured with a bobby pin if desired.
Finish with a barrette, clip, or decorative tie over the hair tie that you just used. If desired, curl the ends of your hair for added volume and style.
What Ways Can I Add Style to This Braid?
This braid is so easy to do and gives you the perfect updated half-up half-down look. But, if you still feel like it is a bit plain, there are tons of ways to update the style and make it have more pizazz. Below are a few things that really add to the look.
- As the model shows, curling the hair in loose waves prior to putting your hair in this style adds additional volume and beauty to the look. This can be done both before or after the braids have been put into place.
- Weave a ribbon or beaded ribbon through the braids on each side.
- Add a decorative flower clip instead of a beaded clip.
- Place fake flowers or decorative bobby pins around the braids and on the crown of the head.
Depending upon the length of your hair and texture of your hair, you may want to add more or less of the items above. I love the idea of this being somewhat Bohemian in style with the loose braids and a few flower clips.
More Easy Hairstyles
If braiding your hair or twisting it into an updo seems daunting, it shouldn’t be! Below are more of my favorite hairstyles that are ideal for those with medium-length to long hair. You never have to experience a day of boring hair when you use these tutorials. Make sure that you take a moment to bookmark the posts. You can also print out the tutorials or pin them to Pinterest on your hairstyle boards.
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- Elastic hair bands
- Decorative barrette
- Detangling comb or brush
- Part your hair like normal, then on the side of the part, pull back a section in the front. Divide this into 3 sections and then begin a 3-strand braid. Move this back across the side of your head, and then finish below until half of the strands of hair have been braided. Secure wth an elastic hair band.
- Repeat this on the second side.
- Then, loosen the braids, starting at the bottom and working your way up to give a looser look.
- Now, pull both sides back to the crown of your head and connect with a hair tie.
- Cover the hair tie with a strip of hair and/or a barrette.
This style looks especially nice when your hair is wavy or curled.
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