I am literally obsessed with this hairstyle and considering I don’t say that too often it’s really saying something! How could you not love this looped half up crown braid? I mean seriously, let’s be serious. This hairstyle features a few braids in one starting with a lovely waterfall braid with the dropped strands gradually incorporated back into the braid. Then it is carefully wrapped behind the head and secured with a hair pin. Easy enough, right?
I loved this hairstyle with only one side braided, see that version here, but thought I’d take it up a notch and throw in a lace braid on the other side. After which I lined them up in the back to create this lovely half up do.
I hope you love it and give it a try! If you do, be sure and tag me on instagram so I can see it with the hashtag #mshloopedcrownbraid! Now on to the tutorial!
- Step 1 / With a part on the right side, separate off a section of hair near the forehead and the part.
- Step 2 / Divide this section into three equal pieces and begin a braid by crossing the side strands over the middle.
- Step 3 / Cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a piece of hair to create the waterfall braid portion.
- Step 4 / With the bottom strand, carefully split it into two equal strand then cross one of the halves over the middle strand.
- Step 5 / Repeat steps 3 and 4 until there are four waterfall strands hanging down.
- Step 6 / Cross the back strand over the middle and bring in hair per usual.
- Step 7 / Now this time, split the bottom strand, crossing over half the strand, but also pick up the first hanging waterfall strand and incorporate it into the braid as well.
- Step 8 / Cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair.
- Step 9 / Split the bottom strand and cross over one of the halves, then incorporate the second hanging piece into the braid as well.
- Step 10 / Cross the back strand over the middle but stop bringing in hair so the braid lays smoothly when cross behind the head.
- Step 11 / Cross the front strand over the middle, without splitting the strand, and bring in the third hanging waterfall piece.
- Step 12 / Repeat steps 10 and 11 until all the hanging pieces are brought into the braid.
- Step 13 / Continue braiding the hair down into a regular braid and tie off the end with a clear elastic band.
- Step 14 / Next, pin the braid out of the way to work with the hair on the other side.
- Step 15 / Pick up a section of hair on the other side of the part, the right side and divide it into three pieces for the lace braid.
- Step 16 / Cross the side strands over the middle strand one time.
- Step 17 / Next, cross the back strand over the middle.
- Step 18 / Then, cross the front strand over the middle and incorporate a section of hair into the braid.
- Step 19 / Repeat steps 17 and 18 until the braid reaches the top of the right ear.
- Step 20 / Continue braiding the hair in a regular braid until it reaches the end.
- Step 21 / Wrap the braid across the back of the head and pin it in place, hiding the pin underneath the braid on the other side.
- Step 22 / Let down the first braid, lay it across the lace braid, pulling the tail underneath before pinning it against the head.
- Step 23 / Finish by pulling some hair loose around the face and a few spritzes of hair spray.