As far as easy-as-heck everyday braids, this clever version of crown braids has to be the most foolproof yet. Featuring little more than a regular three-strand plait pinned across the head, it’s a fun hack for those who want to sport this boho/exotic look but are short on time, or even for the braid beginner. It’s also a quick little upgrade that can be done at your desk or even at the back of the cab, making for gamechanging on-the-go potential.
Unlike the Frenched or halo braid iteration of crown braids—which has a built-in plait that’s woven from ear to ear—this easy braided crown hairstyle is done on a ponytail, which, who knew, actually shaves off precious minutes from the entire braiding process. Read on for a step-by-step guide to master crown hair:
Brush your hair thoroughly to detangle. Then, flip your hair over and gather into a semi-loose ponytail near your fringe area.
Tie it off.
Secure your ponytail with a neutral- or hair-colored elastic.
Braid your pony.
Begin a regular three-strand braid on the entire length of your ponytail.
Tie it off.
Secure the ends with another hair elastic. Tip: You can leave the ends not fully looped through for a nubby look, which can be easier to tuck in.
Pancake and pin.
You’re getting closer to mastering the ever-cool hairstyles with crown! Next, carefully bring the braid across your forehead towards your far ear. The top of the braid can get a bit lumpy at this step, so create a bit of slack and even out the plaits, tugging wherever necessary for chains that look neat but texturized. Secure behind your ear with pins. Tip: Fatter plaits look more boho, thinner plaits look more professional. Can’t decide? Do both, on different parts of your pony.