Ever since I posted this photo of Doutzen Kroes I have been inundated with requests for this hairstyle tutorial.
It took me a few goes to work this style out but I have the tutorial below so that you can do it in your own hair. I also have quite a few styling tips that I learnt along the way that will make doing this braid a little easier.
This hairstyle is a Dutch braid, also known as a reverse braid or inside-out braid. It’s actually a very simple style, the trick is just starting in an inconspicuous place and keeping it high and round.
The first day I was practising this braid I pretty much nailed it first go. I was so excited and I knew with a few tweaks I could get in just right. When it came to shoot the tutorial it was a different story…
I love this hairstyle and wanted to wear it out after shooting this tutorial. So I put it at the end of my shoot list, as I always try and shoot a few tutorials at a time. By the time I started this my arms were already a little tired, the light was changing and I was in a huge rush. Let’s just say I had a bit trouble keeping my braid in a circle. The end result is a bit messier than I would have liked for my tutorial but at least it’s here.
My first tip is to practice and leave yourself enough time to do this hairstyle. The beginning is a bit awkward to do and your neck and shoulders can get quite a workout. Don’t go to the gym before doing this hairstyle haha!
High Crown Braid Hairstyle Tutorial
As well as leaving enough time to do this style, you need to make sure your hair is prepped really well for this braid.
By “prepped” I mean that your hair needs to have some volume and hold. For my hair this means I blowdried my hair and curled it the day before, and sprayed some dry shampoo at the roots before brushing it through my hair.
For fine hair you may use a volume mousse at the roots and blowdry this into your hair. For super-straight hair I recommend curling your hair with a curling wand, making sure you curl the ends of your hair under.
- Brush all your hair to remove any knots before you begin to braid.
- Visualise where you want the braid to sit. It looks best when it sits like a halo around the crown of your head. You want to see the top of the braid across the top of your head and high at the back.
- Start the braid behind your right ear. You want to have a continuous and thick-looking braid across the top of your head so start low, behind your ear and start with a 2 inch section of hair.
- Split your hair into three and begin a Dutch braid. A Dutch braid is the same as a French braid but in reverse. Instead of crossing the hair over, bring the sections under. Cross the left under the middle, then the right under the left. On the next section, add in hair from the front from your hairline.
- Continue your Dutch braid, crossing the sections under and adding in hair from both sides.
- Curve your braid around. This is where visualising where your braid will sit helps. Around the back you want your braid to sit above the edge your occipital bone (that’s the bone at the back of your head where your head curves down).
- Once you’ve finished adding in all your hair, finish in a regular braid and secure the end with a small clear hair elastic.
- S-T-R-E-T-C-H out your braid! My favourite step! Make your braid look thicker by stretching out your braid. Pull gently at the sides and widen your braid.
- Pin the end of your braid inside to complete the crown shape. Depending on how long your hair is, tuck the end of your braid under the first braid to hide it and pin it in place. You can spiral long braids inside the first.
- Pin any loose sections and reshape your braid. After stretching your braid, you may find the hair at the front is too loose. I like to add some pins under the braid to hold the rest of my hair down. This creates a firmer base for the braid to sit up on.
- As I mentioned above, prep your hair really well. Don’t underestimate this step. Freshly washed hair will be too soft and it won’t stay in place.
- If you have layers or straight hair, curling the ends of your under will stop the ends of your hair from sticking out of the braid.
- Make sure you use a small hair elastics as large hair bands will be distracting in the finished style.
- Check the braid from different angles to make sure it looks even and round from every side.
- Support the braid with extra bobby pins underneath to hold the style in place.
- If you feel like you need extra hold, finish the braid with some hairspray.
- Practice! Try it on your friend’s hair first before giving it a go in your hair. Please don’t try it in your hair when you only have 5 minutes to get ready. Give yourself a calm space to practice and learn the technique. Then when you’re in a rush you’ll be able to nail it every time.
- Different hair lengths: I have thick hair that is around armpit length. You can do this style in hair that’s a few inches shorter than mine, but it will be easier if your hair is a couple of inches longer. If your hair is very long, continue the braid as a spiral inside the first braid. Just hide the end of the braid by tucking it under the first braid. .
- Different hair textures: If you have curly hair (like me) this style will look amazing with curls. I blowdry my hair for these tutorials so that it’s easier to see the steps. If you have straight hair, curl your ends as I mentioned before. For fine hair, don’t forget to stretch out your braid. Consider using some block hair extension pieces like these that can be incorporated straight into your braid to make it look thicker.
This is a beautiful formal, prom or wedding hairstyle. Can you imagine how stunning it would be with some flowers weaved through the braid?
But don’t be afraid to wear these upstyles with your everyday outfits. I like to keep it a little softer, which stops it feeling too formal. I wore this braid to the Hair Expo awards announcement with my ripped jeans, heels and a statement necklace.
How would you wear this hairstyle? If you try it, I would love to see a photo of your hair. Tag me #hairromance on Instagram.