Easy DIY Crown Braid

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Crown Braids are so beautiful but they can be a challenge.   Hair needs to be long (for traditional crown braids) which rules out lots of people.  I have a technique to show you that just might help!  We call it the Easy Crown Braid.  This is one of our favorite braids for summer! Will you be rocking this Easy Crown Braid?

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Profile side view of young women standing in her room modeling "Crown Braid" hairstyle

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, small hair elastics, bobby pins & hairspray. {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-By-Step Instructions: 

  1. Start by dividing the hair into two sections by creating a part from the front all the way down to the back.
  2. Clip one section out of the way.
  3. Take a small section from the top/front of the side you are working on.  Divide into 3 equal sections and begin a dutch braid.
  4. You will take the outer strands and cross under the middle section.  After the first stitch you will add new pieces of hair to the outer sections as you go. Always crossing under the middle section.
  5. When you run out of new hair to add in, continue braiding a regular 3 strand braid all the way down and secure with a small elastic.
  6. Pancake the outer edges of your braid to create a nice full and voluminous braid.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 on the other side of your hair. TIP:  angle braid #2 toward the base of braid #1 (See video)
  8. Take braid #1 and clip it up out of the way temporarily.
  9. Pick up braid #2 and wrap it backward at the nape of the neck and secure with a bobby pin at the base of braid #1.  (See video)
  10. Roll braid #2 up and turn it back the opposite direction (essentially creating a switchback) and secure the corner with a bobby pin.
  11. Twist, roll, and tuck the elastic and end of braid #1 under the edge of itself and secure with a bobby pin.
  12. Take clip out of braid 1.  It should lay nicely above and across braid #2.  Secure in place with bobby pins.
  13. If you have longer hair you can wrap braid #1 all the way around the front and lay on top securing with bobby pins.
  14. If you have shorter hair (as seen in photos/video) you will do the same twist, roll and tuck under with your end piece.  Secure with a bobby pin.
  15. Finish by pancaking any additional pieces and spray with hairspray. {if desired}

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  1. I love Abby from Twistmepretty. She is pretty and talented with hair. I wish I could pancake my braids like her’s without braids my ends sticking out. I like how this braid is more piled on the back of your head instead of all around.

  2. This is so prettty. I’ve always wanted to try this but my arms need work out soo…. Thank you for this! ????????????????????

  3. I just have to own up to the fact that I can’t braid and I’ll never be able to, no matter how many tutorials I look at ????

  4. Love the Crown braid! Very easy to do on oneself. Please add more easy braid tutorials for summer.

  5. wow this hairstyle is so beautiful and creative but also elegant and unique !! i hope i win your giveawy !!! good luck to everyone else

  6. Thank yoou so much I have been looking for a crown braid for so long and I finally found one that I like! 🙂

  7. I did this on my sister yesterday and the amount of compliments she got was unreal. I always love your hairstyles

  8. This hairstyle is so quick and easy. Thank you so much. I cannot wait to do this braid this fall at college.

  9. If you have short hair, and you braid it and you can only do it once through, how can you hide the end piece?

  10. I LOVE this and I am definitely going to try this! You guys taught me how to french braid, fishtail, and dutch braid my hair, and I have been here since day 1! I am a big fan.

  11. I tried this in my twin sisters hair last night. Turns out just like the picture, you don’t have to be an expert

  12. After watching the video I think that even with my extremely long hair I could probably do this, might need a few tweets.

    Great style!!

  13. I didn’t think it would be this easy! I just tried it out and, of course there were some mistakes I made, but overall it was really easy!

  14. I want to do this crown braid for my daughter who has very thin hair. Any suggestions how to add thickness without reading?

  15. Oh my gosh! I love this one! Definitely trying it very soon! Can you try out the hair straightener that seen on tv has made? Thanks!