There is no hairstyle as comfortable as a braid. When plaited creatively, braided hairstyles can work beauty and glamour into any type or texture of hair, redeem us from a bad hair day and make us look fabulous. With mainstream fashion mirroring runway trends, braided headbands and crown braids have emerged as two of the most braided hairstyles this season. Both the styles look quite romantic, can be created in minutes and worn just about anywhere.
Those with medium-length hair, for example a long bob, can easily create a braided headband with their own tresses to sweep loose strands off the face and sport a chic look.
Whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly, the only prerequisite to creating a braided headband is to ensure that you tresses are smooth and detangled. A tiny amount of strand smoother serum will do the job.
Get the Look
Trace out a sharp middle part. Braid about 1 inch of hair right above your ears (on both sides). Pull the braids up, sweep them across the top of your head (like a headband) and secure the ends with bobby pins. Finish with a generous spritz of hairspray.
If you wish to try out a slightly intricate hairstyle with your long hair, a crown braid will be right up your alley. With a charming, almost Grecian feel about it, a crown braid will sweep back your forelocks beautifully and create a big impact. Also known as a halo braid, this hairstyle is ideal to wear to a date, prom or a wedding!
Get the Look
Apply a tiny amount of frizz removing cream in your hair and part your tresses down the middle of your head. Starting with the section closest to your hair part, start braiding about 2 inches of face-framing hair up to your ears (for a half-crown braid) or all the way down to your neck – on both sides. You can go for a regular three-strand braid or a more detailed French plait. Merge the braids with the rest of your loose hair and tie up your tresses into a sleek low bun or a messy chignon. Spritz with hairspray and you're set!
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