Half-Up Braided Crown

braid-tutorial-hair-cupofjo-blogWhenever we did hair tutorials in the past, we got tons of comments requesting curly hair and short hair tutorials. So we’ve put together four new posts—two for curly hair and two for short hair. Thanks for the encouragement! Here, my hair-stylist friend Reagan, who has gorgeous curls, shows how to do a half-up braided crown. Here are her steps…

1. Part your hair down the middle, and gather together a large section of hair on one side. (I like to pull pieces down in the front so I have softness around my face.)
2-4. Braid the section. Start loosely at the top, working backwards in the direction that you want the braid to go (so rather than braiding straight down, you want to braid back, so the braid is at a slight slant). Secure with an elastic.
5. Repeat on the other side.
6-7. Cross the first braid behind your head so that the braid swoops down to the nape of your neck (it’s a more feminine, flattering and grown-up look than crossing it directly across the back of your head). Pin in place with bobby pins, making sure to tuck in the tail. (If your braid is quite long, you can fold the tail in half and tuck it behind the braid.)
8. Repeat on the other side.

Thank you so much, Reagan! This would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or night out with friends; it’s so relaxed and beautiful.

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(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. Styling and modeling by Reagan Baker of Hairdresser on Fire)

  1. Great tutorials, so easy to follow. Can’t wait to try them myself. Thank you!

  2. Savannah says...

    I love this! I have thin hair…will it work?

  3. gillian says...

    i’m super late to the party, but i wanted to ask – what lip color she wearing (the red)? i’ve been looking for a beautiful, not-too-bright red and this one might be the ticket.

  4. I love your hair tutorials! They always give me enough courage to do them myself, but the models look like they have normal thick/thin hair. I have pretty thick hair and I was wondering if you maybe could make some tutorials for thick hair? These tutorials aren’t quite working for my hair :/

    Love them, anyway!:*

  5. I’ve only “found” Cup of Jo recently, so am happy you posted this to Pinterest today. I love Reagan and her hair tips. She taught me how to flat iron, and that alone makes her a minor hero to me. :)

  6. Thank you soo much regan for this tip really very helpful.. i was very tired with the same look for my hair and going to parlour every second day gets very tough for me.. thanks for the hair style tips

  7. Really lovely! Thanks for this tutorial, I’ll probably get this braid for summer ;)

  8. Thank you for this tutorial, it’s just gorgeous! :D


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