Braid cheat – faux braided crown hairstyle tutorial

by Hair Romance on August 20, 2014 · 8 comments

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Hair Romance - Braid cheat - Faux braided crown hairstyle tutorial. Click through for full tutorial.

Love a braided crown but can’t braid? This quick and easy braid cheat is for you.

One of my all time favourite hairstyles I’ve ever done is this high braided crown tutorial.

I was demonstrating this in my braiding class this week and I realised that for lots of you, it’s just too tricky to do in your own hair. It’s not impossible, but it does require you to change direction a few times and swap hands and that can be a problem.

So I was thinking of ways to fake a crown braid when I came up with this idea – my faux crown braid.

It looks a bit crazy in the middle but the result is pretty cute. PLus it’s really easy to do as you only need to do a basic braid (plait) and there’s no French braiding required.

Faux braided crown hairstyle tutorial

Hair Romance - Braid cheat - Faux braided crown hairstyle tutorial. Click through for full tutorial.

What you need

  • 8 hair elastics
  • bobby pins

Step-by-step

  1. Part your hair down the middle to split your hair into two equal sections.
  2. Part each side in the middle, just behind your ear.
  3. Create four ponytails on the top of your head. This will determine the shape of your crown braid.
  4. Braid (plait) each ponytail. Secure the end of each braid with a small hair elastic. You will look a bit crazy at this point!
  5. Stretch out your braids. Gently pull at the sides to stretch out your braids. Try sprinkling some volume powder on your braids to really widen them. This is great for fine hair.
  6. Create a continuous circle with your four braids. Pin your braid across the top of your head around to your next ponytail. Then continue, pinnig all your braids in place in a circle. Tuck any loose ends underneath.

Hair Romance - Braid cheat - Faux braided crown hairstyle tutorial. Click through for full tutorial.

Hair Romance - Braid cheat - Faux braided crown hairstyle tutorial. Click through for full tutorial.

Styling tips

  • This style can be easily customised. Think of the ponytails as the corners of your braid and where you place them will change where your braid sits. You can place it low at the back, or closer to your hairline.
  • Depending on how long your hair is, your braids may just reach the next sections, or wrap around two or more sections. Play around and see what works best in your hair.
  • Instead of a regular braid, try this with a fishtail braid. I think that would look stunning!

Hair Romance - Braid cheat - Faux braided crown hairstyle tutorial. Click through for full tutorial.

I’d love to see a photo if you try the faux crown braid in your hair. Tag me on Instagram @hairromance and #hairromance.

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Marina August 21, 2014 at 5:31 am

That is so clever! I thought no technique would not surprise me, but you did. =)

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Hair Romance August 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

thanks Marina :)

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Phyrra August 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

I love this! Such a great tutorial!
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Hair Romance August 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

Thanks lovely! Not long now till your hair is long enough to braid xx

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Handmade by Lorna August 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

What a fabulous idea – would this work with layered hair??
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Hair Romance August 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

Yes it would. To stop any layers poking out of your braids, curl the ends of your hair under first xx

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Lili August 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

This was great! Thanks so much, I tried it out yesterday’ & worked brilliantly.

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Hair Romance August 31, 2014 at 6:45 am

yay! that’s great x

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