If you’re bored with your everyday hairstyle, a french braid might be the answer for you. But this isn’t just any french braid… it is called a half crown braid, and it frames your face. And believe it or not, it’s quite easy to do yourself! Read on to check out the simple tutorial.
How To French Braid Your Own Hair: Step by Step
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two bobby pins
- Hair clip
- Handheld mirror
- Hair tie (not pictured)
The first and maybe most important step is to section off the area that you will be braiding.
Use your comb to create a rectangular area of hair along the top part of your crown. Keep that hair in the front, and use your hair clip to keep the rest of your hair out of the way.
Go left to right, use small sections
Starting at the left side of the rectangle, grab three sections of hair like you would a normal braid. Begin creating a french braid from left to right, using smaller sections than you would if you were braiding your whole head. If you need a refresher on how to do a basic french braid, check out this tutorial.
Continue your braid, working down towards your right ear.
Be sure to bring the braid behind your ear, so you can easily hide the pins later on in the process.
Use a hair tie
Once you reach your ear, stop french braiding and continue on with a regular braid for a couple of inches and secure it with a hair tie. If your hair is fine like mine, use your fingers to loosen and fluff up the braid just a bit, focusing on the top of your head.
Next, pin the braid to your scalp using two bobby pins. Place them right above your ear and overlap them in an x shape so they stay put.
Secure the french braid
Remove the hair tie and the hair clip and bring the rest of your hair over your ear so it covers the bobby pins. Finish with a light hairspray to secure the braid and tame any fly-aways.
French Braid: Complete
And that’s it, your half-crown braid is complete! It will get easier and easier the more you do it… you know what they say – practice makes perfect!
Here it is from above… it gives your hair some serious style, and works for both casual and fancy occasions. A friend of mine wore this style to a wedding recently and it looked beautiful!
Be sure to check out the how-to video that I created below, to get some in-action views of the half crown braid.
If you have any questions we’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Let us know how your French Braid went and maybe send us pics if you like it?