How to perfect a braided crown

How to perfect a braided crown

Author: Canadian Living


How to perfect a braided crown

Try this romantic braided updo for your next party or date night, inspired by a style worn once worn on the red carpet by actress and styled by Marc Townsend. It's super purdy, right?

An image of a model demonstrating how to separate hair into two sections. Step 1: Day-old locks work best for this look. If you need some grit, Townsend, who has styled Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman, recommends a spritz of dry shampoo or texturizing spray. Create a centre part and divide your hair into two sections at the back of your head. If your hair is shorter, the sections can be on the sides of your head, above your ears. 

An image of a model demonstrating how to section off sections of hair around the face. Step 2: Section off front strands on both sides, creating softness around the face. For pin-straight tresses, use a large-barrel curling iron to give the tendrils a slight bend. If you have bangs, leave a few pieces next to your ears, in front and behind. 

An image of a model demonstrating how to braid two sections of hair. Step 3: Braid both sections making sure they're tight, then secure each with a clear hair elastic. Using a dime-size amount of styling cream, rub your thumb and index finger together over the hair, working your way from the base of the braid to the tip. This adds texture, which gives the braid a more modern bohemian vibe, says Townsend. 

An image of the model demonstrating how to secure the ends with bobby pins. Step 4: Wrap one braid over your head, setting it about an inch back from your hairline, then secure the end with bobby pins. Wrap and secure the other braid in the same way. The braids might overlap, depending on the length of your hair. Finish with a spritz of flexible-hold hairspray. 

Braided crown hairstyle final look
The final result
An image of the products used to create the look. Tool kit:

Redken Braid Aid 03 Braid Defining Lotion, $25, . Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray, $8, . L'Oréal Professionel Wild Stylers by Techni.Art Crêpage de Chignon, $24, at select salons.

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This story originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Canadian Living.  

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