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The High Braided Crown Tutorial


As well as leaving enough time to do this style, you need to make sure your hair is prepped really well for this braid.

By “prepped” I mean that your hair needs to have some volume and hold. For my hair this means I blowdried my hair and curled it the day before, and sprayed some dry shampoo at the roots before brushing it through my hair.

For fine hair you may use a volume mousse at the roots and blowdry this into your hair. For super-straight hair I recommend curling your hair with a curling wand, making sure you curl the ends of your hair under.

1. Brush all your hair to remove any knots before you begin to braid.

2. Visualise where you want the braid to sit. It looks best when it sits like a halo around the crown of your head. You want to see the top of the braid across the top of your head and high at the back.

3. Start the braid behind your right ear. You want to have a continuous and thick-looking braid across the top of your head so start low, behind your ear and start with a 2 inch section of hair.

4. Split your hair into three and begin a Dutch braid. A Dutch braid is the same as a French braid but in reverse. Instead of crossing the hair over, bring the sections under. Cross the left under the middle, then the right under the left. On the next section, add in hair from the front from your hairline.

5. Continue your Dutch braid, crossing the sections under and adding in hair from both sides.

6. Curve your braid around. This is where visualising where your braid will sit helps. Around the back you want your braid to sit above the edge your occipital bone (that’s the bone at the back of your head where your head curves down).

7. Once you’ve finished adding in all your hair, finish in a regular braid and secure the end with a small clear hair elastic.

8. S-T-R-E-T-C-H out your braid! My favourite step! Make your braid look thicker by stretching out your braid. Pull gently at the sides and widen your braid.

9. Pin the end of your braid inside to complete the crown shape. Depending on how long your hair is, tuck the end of your braid under the first braid to hide it and pin it in place. You can spiral long braids inside the first.

10. Pin any loose sections and reshape your braid. After stretching your braid, you may find the hair at the front is too loose. I like to add some pins under the braid to hold the rest of my hair down. This creates a firmer base for the braid to sit up on.

Don’t be afraid to wear these upstyles with your everyday outfits. If you like to keep it a little softer, you can wear this braid with ripped jeans, heels and a statement necklace.

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