I love a crown braid on my girls. I think it’s just such a sweet and pretty look! This is my favorite crown braid to do – it combines the Dutch braiding technique and the lace braiding technique for one beautiful style that does truly look like she has a crown set upon her head. And an added bonus – you can make this one work for shorter hair too with the help of some trusty bobby pins and hairspray.
Let’s get started on how to do the Dutch lace crown braid!
Length of hair required: shoulder length or longer works best
Time required: 5 minutes
Supplies you’ll need: hairbrush, a small elastic, and some bobby pins.
Step 1. After you’ve brushed her hair out, start by taking a section of hair from just above her left ear. The section should start at her face and end about where a headband would sit on her head.
Step 2. Split that section of hair into 3 pieces, then do one stitch of a Dutch braid starting with the piece that is closest to the face first – take that front piece under the middle piece, then the back piece under the middle piece.
Step 3. Add a section of hair coming from her face and going back to where a headband sits, add that to the front most strand you are braiding and do another stitch of a Dutch braid.
Step 4. Continue braiding this way across the top of her head, making sure you just add hair into the one side of the braid closest to her face (making it a lace braid). You want to braid from one ear straight across to the other.
Step 5. Once you have braided to the right ear, you are going to continue adding hair into the outermost edge of your braid, but now as you add hair, you will be picking it up from the hairline and it will include the hair that is hanging down from the crown of her head. Continue adding hair like this and braiding your Dutch lace braid all the way around the back of her neck until you are back at her left ear.
Step 6. Make sure as you add the last pieces of hair in by her left ear, you are braiding tight against her head, then continue the braid out as a 3 strand braid until you run out of hair. Secure with an elastic.
Step 7. Lay the end of your braid up and along the beginning of your crown braid, then gently pull the beginning part of the crown braid up and tuck the end of the braid underneath it to hide the ends. Bobby pin in place.
You’re done! You can go back and pin or use hairspray to secure and to hide any flyaways as necessary. When done perfectly, you won’t even be able to tell where the braid began and where it ends — but it might take you a few times to get there! If it doesn’t look cohesive enough by her left ear to be to your liking, just go ahead and add a flower or cute accessory there and no one will ever see that it doesn’t flow perfectly.
I hope that you’ll give this crown braid 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 #HBLCrownBraid so that I can find it.
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