Today I have a beautiful princess hairstyle for you! The tutorial for this style was requested by one of my readers after I posted this style earlier this year.
I love when people request tutorials for styles that I share or that I’ve done myself and posted on Facebook or Instagram. My tagline, “Sharing a passion for hair”, is no joke! I love doing hair – and I love helping you all do hair too!
As I normally do when someone requests a tutorial for a style (whether it’s a style that I’ve done or that someone else has done), I searched online and on YouTube and could not find any tutorial for a 4 strand halo braid aka half up crown braid. I promised to film one myself, so here it is. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as my daughter, Hope, and I do. It’s a perfect princess look, we think!
Let’s get started on the 4 Strand Halo Braid.
Supplies you’ll need: hairbrush, a clear elastic, few bobby pins, hairspray, optional – pomade, curling wand.
Hair length needed: medium to long, at least past shoulders
Step 1. After the hair has been brushed out, start by taking a section of hair from just above her left ear. Divide that into 4 strands/sections.
Step 2. Take the strand closest to her face, take it under the strand next to it, over the one after that, and under the last strand. Then switch your middle two strands you are holding. That’s one stitch of a 4 strand braid. If you don’t yet know how to do a 4 strand braid though — you might want to check that out here to get the technique down before you do this hairstyle.
Step 3. Add a section of hair coming from along her face and going back to where a headband would sit, add that to the strand of your braid that is closest to the face. Now repeat step 2.
Step 4. Take and add a small section of hair to the third strand back from the face that you are holding, pick the section up from right under where that strand is sitting and only pick up a section that is as thick or less as the piece you are adding it to. **This is the section of the 4 strand braid that will always be in the inside of the braid, it gets switched each time so it’s never reaching the outside of the braid. Adding hair to it every couple of stitches will allow you to braid so that the 4 strand braid will reach all the way around her head.
Step 5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you have gone across her head and have added all the hair by her face.
Step 6. If her hair is long, continue braiding out a 4 strand braid without adding any additional pieces. Braid until you run out of hair to braid, secure with an elastic.
If her hair is not long enough to reach around from one side to the other if you continued braiding as described above, then do this. Continue adding hair into your halo braid even after you reach her right ear, and add into the outside edge of the braid like you had been. But now, the hair that you are adding will come from on top of her hair, from the crown of her head. Continue your 4 strand braid like that until you have braided around the head back to where you started your braid by the left ear, then continue braiding out the rest of the braid and secure with an elastic.
Step 7. Take the end of the braid and pull it up and tuck it under the very beginning of your halo braid, pin in place so that you do not see that part of the braid at all.
Step 8. Take hairspray and/or pomade to smooth down any flyaways and pin the braid as needed to secure in place.
You are done with the 4 strand halo braid!
I finished my style with my curling wand with a tapered barrel. You can watch the video for all of my tips on curling with a wand and to see how I got the soft waves that I opted for with this hairstyle.
I hope that you’ll give it a try! If you do, I would love to see how it turns out for you! You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use hashtag #HBL4StrandHaloBraid so that I can find it.
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