Tutorial: How to Make Easy Crown Braids

Eunice Lucero | 14 October 2016
crown braid hair tutorial

A ponytail makes all the difference.

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:

Tutorial: Easy, On-the-Go Crown Hairstyle

crown braid tutorial: clean hair

Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Give your braid some traction by creating it on washed hair, which can have a bit more grip. We like the natural-looking body and bounce we get from the Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo and the Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Conditioner, then rough-dry with a towel. Next, prep your hair for blowdrying by coating them lightly with a thermal protectant, like some of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Heat Protecting Mist.

blonde woman creating high ponytail

Flip and gather.

Brush your hair thoroughly to detangle. Then, flip your hair over and gather into a semi-loose ponytail near your fringe area.

crown braid tutorial: tie hair

Tie it off.

Secure your ponytail with a neutral- or hair-colored elastic.

crown braid tutorial: braiding

Braid your pony.

Begin a regular three-strand braid on the entire length of your ponytail.

crown braid tutorial blonde elastic

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.

crown braid tutorial: add pins

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.


crown braid tutorial: hairspray

Finish with hairspray.

Keep the look polished by controlling any halo frizz and flyways with some hairspray. We like the fine mist yet firm hold we get from TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray.


crown braid hairstyle: final look


Refine your crown braids by tucking in any errant strands with pins, if necessary. Voilà, you’ve mastered braided crown hairstyles!


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