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Circle your head with a Victorian crown dutch braid
Borrow from another era with one of my all-time favourite looks. Versatile yet intricate, you can pile it on your head and leave it for a week - it'll get better as the days go by.

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  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 1
    Step 1

    Spray dry shampoo all over your hair to give it a workable texture. Then use a tail comb to create a very deep side part, extending from your temple to the center of your crown.

  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use the tail comb to make another part, this time from the center of your crown to above your ear, creating a small, triangular slice-of-pie section.

  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 3
    Step 3

    Split the pie section into three even sections to start your Dutch braid. (A Dutch braid is similar to a French braid in that you gather hair into the sections as you weave, but instead of crossing the
    sections over the middle, you bring them under the middle.)

  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 4
    Step 4

    Working close to your head, bring the hair nearest to your part under the middle section, making it the new center section.

  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 5
    Step 5

    Continue bringing outside sections under the middle, but begin incorporating loose hair as you go. Weave in a section from your hairline, then alternate with an equally sized section that radiates from the center of your crown, and repeat.

  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 6
    Step 6

    Keep your arms along the top of your head as you go so the braid stays close to your scalp and circles your crown.

  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 7
    Step 7

    When you reach a point behind your opposite ear, switch up your arm positioning: While holding your braid with the hand closest to your ear, bring your other arm under your chin to continue braiding. Don’t fret if you lose your spot in the transition—the key is to just keep braiding and stay close to your scalp. Sometimes these braids look best when they’re a little imperfect!

  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 8
    Step 8

    Once you’ve completely encircled your head and gathered all your loose hair, continue with a classic three-strand braid. Finish it off with a small rubber band.

  • How to style a crown braid. Crown Braid - Step 9
    Step 9

    Wrap the loose plait over the crown braid. Pin the ends under the braid with Japanese bobby pins, then add small hairpins around the braid’s perimeter for extra security.

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