HOW-TO: High Crown Braid from HairRomance.com
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Christina, the mastermind behind Hair Romance, says she hated her curls until she met a stylist who gave her a cut that she fell in love with. Hence, the name.
The curly girl is infamous for superb second-day styles, braids and wearable updos. One of our favorites is from March 2014, and we wanted to share her work with you! Make sure you visit HairRomance.com for more chic styles. Her original step-by-step can be found here.
GET THE LOOK: THE HIGH BRAIDED CROWN HAIRSTYLE
Prep: Make sure you have some volume and hold; second-day hair works best. Use some dry shampoo to create some grip and volume at the roots.
STEP 1: Brush all the hair to remove any knots before you begin to braid.
STEP 2: Visualize where you want the braid to sit. It looks best when it sits like a halo around the crown of the head. You want to see the top of the braid across the top of the head and high at the back.
STEP 3: Start the braid behind the right ear. Start low, behind the ear with a 2-inch section of hair.
STEP 4: Split your hair into three and begin a Dutch braid (same as a French braid, but in reverse). Instead of crossing the hair over, bring the sections under. On the next section, add in hair from the front of your hairline.
STEP 5: Continue the Dutch braid until it begins to curve around, bringing in pieces of hair from both sides. Around the back, you want the braid to sit above the edge of the occipital.
STEP 6: Once you've finished adding in all the hair, finish with a regular braid and secure the end with a small, clear elastic.
STEP 7: Pull at the sides of the braid to fatten it up and make it look thicker.
STEP 8: Pin the end of the braid inside to complete the crown shape. Depending on how long the hair is, tuck the end of the braid under the first braid to hide it and pin it in place. You can spiral long braids inside the first.
STEP 9: Pin any loose sections and reshape the braid. After tugging the braid thicker, you might find the hair at the front is too loose. Add some pins under the braid to hold hair down, if necessary. If desired, finish with hairspray!