How to Create a Headband Braid

Eunice Lucero | 14 December 2016

Everything is prettier with a ribbon.

Looking for ways in 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 head.

How to Do a Headband Braid

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

Divvy up into three small sections.

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

5

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.

6

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.

 

7

Tuck the tail under.

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

8

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.

9

Done!

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