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Stunning Braids
No fancy updos here—you’re the type of princess who spends her days singing in the forest or daydreaming about life outside your lonely village or tower. The Half Crown Braid is great for the next ball, wedding, and formal event, but still adds some personality paired with loose, flowing locks. Luckily, you won’t need too much help to master this look. I recommend starting with wavy or textured waves as a base; that way, loose hair will have some volume and texture. The super-simple, easy Dutch Braid is the main focus of this style. It can be replaced with other braids as well, like the Basic Fishtail or Knot Braid. However, once you’ve mastered these techniques, you might want to try upgrading to a more formal updo.

TIPS FOR PREPPING
I really enjoy how waves dress up this style. To get this look, spray hair with a thermal setting spray and curl it with a 3⁄4-inch curling iron. For a more casual look, I recommend bypassing the iron and using the hair’s natural curl.

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

    Create a side part starting at the arch of the left eyebrow. Create another part, horizontal, from ear to ear.

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

    Backcomb the wider, right section of hair. For more manageable hair, backcomb in 1-inch-wide sections.

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

    Select a small subsection from mid-crown of the right section. Divide hair into three strands. Begin a Dutch Braid. Cross the right strand under the center strand. Cross the left strand under the center strand. Pick up hair on either side each time a strand is crossed. Direct Dutch Braid toward the hairline.

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

    Once you reach the hair- line, transition to a lace braid, adding in sections only from the left side to the braid.

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

    When all of the top section hair has been laced in, continue with a standard Three-Strand Braid. Secure with an elastic band.

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

    On the left side, take up a small subsection of hair from mid-crown. Divide hair into three strands.

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

    Begin a Dutch Braid, working toward the hairline.

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

    After reaching the hairline, transition to a lace braid. Pick up sections only from the right side of the braid.

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

    Once all hair has been laced in, transition to a stan- dard Three-Strand Braid. Direct braid toward the back of the head.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 10
    Step 10

    Continue the standard Three-Strand Braid to ends. Secure braid with an elastic braid.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 11
    Step 11

    Sprinkle texture powder throughout the hair and on the two braids for added body.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 12
    Step 12

    Let the braids hang free. The next steps will concentrate on the wavy hair in the back.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 13
    Step 13

    In 1-inch sections at the crown, hold up and back brush toward the scalp for added volume. Use a grooming brush.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 14
    Step 14

    With the same grooming brush, smooth the top of the hair to create a natural bump, or smooth volume.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 15
    Step 15

    Gently pull on the out- side loops of the Dutch Braid using the pancaking method. This creates more volume and texture. Add texture powder to the braid if needed.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 16
    Step 16

    Continue pancaking the braid throughout its entire length. Make the braid as wide as possible.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 17
    Step 17

    Take the braid from the right side and cross it over the back of the head to the left side.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 18
    Step 18

    The braid should sit just under the bump of volume created by the back brushing. Use bobby pins to pin the braid in place. Cross the bobby pins for added security.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 19
    Step 19

    Cross the left braid across the back of the head. Place it above the right braid. If it’s too long, tuck it underneath the right braid and flat against the head. Secure with bobby pins.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 20
    Step 20

    Fluff curls to create desired volume. If volume is uneven, simply use the tail of a comb to lift it into place.

  • How to style a crown braid. Half Crown Braid - Step 21
    Step 21

    Finish the look with a spray serum and holding spray.

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