How to Create a Headband Braid in 8 Easy Steps

Everything is prettier with a ribbon.

Looking for ways on how to do a headband braid? To be honest, we weren’t really thinking this literally when they said that hair was the ultimate accessory.

Not that we’re complaining: The half braided hair headband is another super-cute braid trend having a renaissance moment this year. Festival bunnies and forward-thinking gals alike are now taking to this delightfully meta-trend, which basically makes use of a French braid from ear to ear (or partline to ear, for on-the-go gals who want an abbreviated version), forming a headband made of your own hair. Super cool, right

The headband braid can keep pesky strands from messing with our fresh-face flow, especially now that high summer’s around the corner. Read on for a quick and easy tutorial on how to create a plait around the head.


Start with clean and blowdried hair.

A fresh base is always the best base. Shampoo and condition hair with a fortifying wash and care system like TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Shampoo and the TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Conditioner, then blow-dry your hair Don’t forget to coat strands with a heat protectant like Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Heat Protecting Spray.


Apply a small amount of hair serum or oil.

Braids expose cowlicks and flyaways like no other. A hair oil or serum can help infuse strands with moisture and keep frizz at bay, making those weaves look immaculate. Pump a tiny amount (just slightly bigger than a pin-prick, really) into palms and run through your locks. We like the effects of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum (not pictured), which works to seals in some major shine.


Section off the hairline area.

Using the end of a fishtail or rat-tail comb, create a well-defined part a few inches behind your hairline. For this half-headband version, first part your hair as you would normally before sectioning off the front. You should end up with a thick strip of hair that begins at your forehead.


Divvy up into three small sections.

Take three small locks from that freshly parted section, as in a regular French or three-strand braid.


Start French braiding.

French braid your hair, moving downwards from your partline towards your ear. The top of your head should start to resemble a waterfall effect, as you incorporate strands regularly into each weave.


Continue braiding till the tips.

Braid till the ends, switching to a regular three-strand braid right above your ear, so the plait is detached from your scalp. Secure with a hair tie. Pancake (a.k.a. flatten/fatten) the braids to even them out, as they tend to get thinner especially towards the tips.



Tuck the tail under.

Swoop your finished plait underneath the rest of your hair, and secure it at your neckline with some bobby pins.


Make a tiny bump.

Want more personality to your headband braid? Create some lift at the backseam by gently tugging with the end of a fishtail comb.



You did it and mastered how to do a headband braid!

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