The crown braid is a style that I start doing when my hair is #1 dirty and #2 needs to be cut. Let me tell you, this is the perfect style to wear when you’re waiting to get your hair cut. I don’t know about you, but when I’m in dire need of a cut, my hair just starts to hang with absolutely no shape at all, no matter how much I tease it or try to make it look decent, down. The braids take away from that heaviness and add a little extra glam to whatever you’re wearing.

The crown braid is SO easy and takes less than five minutes. 

Step 1: Start with styled hair – whether it’s messy beachy waves, curls, stick straight, any style will look pretty with a crown braid. I curled my hair with a 1.5 inch curling iron. Tip: Leave the ends semi-straight to avoid the 1998 bridal look. If you’re concerned about using a curling iron for this reason, the bigger the better. The smaller the iron, the closer to Shirley Temple you’re going to get.

Step 2: Spray your hair with Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray for texture. This is especially helpful if your hair isn’t dirty.

Step 3: Take a pea size amount of the fiber cream, heat it up between your fingers, and work only through the ends of your hair. This will give your hair that piece-y, textured look.

Step 4: Braid two regular braids, one on each side of your head. Secure with clear hair bands.

Step 5: Gently pull at the braided pieces of hair to make the braids less perfect, and make them a little more robust.

Step 6: Pull both braids back around the back of your head. Pull the end of one braid through the bottom section of the other. Pin in the middle with two bobbi pins that are the same color as your hair. Tucking the braids in together gives the crown a seamless look.

Step 7: Lightly apply Kérastase Elixir Ultime over the hair that is not braided and on the hair above the crown to smooth it out. 

..And done!