I am so excited to be introducing a new Tuck and Cover. This Tuck and Cover Half Looped French Braid, besides being a mouthful, incorporates a previous style, the T&C Half and a new tutorial, the Looped Half Up Crown Braid.

This hairstyle starts like aΒ waterfall braidΒ then each waterfall piece is gradually brought back into the braid to create a cascading effect. With the other side wrapped into a headband like the T&C Half the two sides creates a beautiful hairstyle that can be dressed up for an evening out or party. Dress it down for work or just relaxing with family during this holiday season.

This gorgeous headband is from Banded; find it here!

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Tuck and Cover Half Looped French Braid Step-by-step:

Step 1 / Start with a part on the right side.

Step 2 / Separate out a section of hair from the part down to the ear.

Step 3 / Then separate out another section of hair about an inch behind the first part and pin this section out of the way.

Step 4 / Grab a stretchy headband, this sparkle one is from Banded, and place it on the part before stretching it down over the back of the head.

Step 5 / Let down the pinned portion and lay the hair over the headband.

Step 6 / Next, pick up a section of hair right next to the part as well as a section of hair behind the headband.

Step 7 / Divide the front part into two pieces so there are now three pieces to begin the braid.

Step 8 / Cross the side strands over the middle, creating the first stitch of a braid.

Step 9 / Cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair.

Step 10 / Cross the front strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair.

Step 11 / Repeat step 9, crossing over the back strand and bringing in hair.

Step 12 / Next, divide the front strand in half and cross over half the strand.

Step 13 / Pick up a section of hair and incorporate it into the strand as well.

Step 14 / Cross the back strand over the middle and bring in another section of hair.

Step 15 / Repeat steps 12 through 14 until there are four strands hanging down.

Step 16 / Split the front strand, crossing over half the strand, then bring in the first waterfall strand hanging down.

Step 17 / Continue splitting the front strand and bringing in the front waterfall strand until the braid reaches the back of the head.

Step 18 / Next, bring in a hanging waterfall strand until they are all bright into the braid.

Step 19 / Pin the braid up and out of the way to work on the opposite side.

Step 20 / Pick up a section of hair on the right side, directly over the ear.

Step 21 / Wrap the strand over the headband tucking it around it.

Step 22 / Pick up a small section of hair, wrapping it around the headband again.

Step 23 / Continue wrapping hair around the band until it reaches the left side.

Step 24 / Gently pull apart the wrapped hair to create a fuller effect.

Step 25 / Unpin the braid and tuck it into the headband as well, pinning it against the head.


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I love wearing the Tuck and Cover so much that I thought it was time to try out a new version of it. This is the exact same method but only uses hair from the sides of the face instead of all of it. A soft, fabric headband, like this one from Forever21, makes doing the style very easy because it has a no-slip grip. Curl your hair with a 1″ curling iron or flat iron and you are ready go head out the door!

Check out the original Tuck and Cover video tutorial here!

Follow these quick steps to achieve the look:

1. Place the headband over your head with the front of the headband about an inch back from the hairline.

2. Take a section on the left side of the face and tuck it into the band.

3. With the same piece of hair, loop it back into the band and pull it through the bottom.

4. Loop the hair one more time through the band and pull it through.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the hair on the right side.

6. When the entire band is covered, pull the hair together so it rests down the back of the head.


Check out the other versions of this hairstyle.

Original Tuck and Cover

Tuck and Cover Video Tutorial

Tuck and Cover Half

Tuck and Cover Great Gatsby Style

Tuck and Cover French Braid

Tuck and Cover French Braid Video Tutorial

Tuck and Cover Fishtail Braids

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Tuck and Cover French Braid Half with a Bun is the next Tuck and Cover.

It’s a combination of the Tuck and Cover French Braid and Tuck and Cover Half with an easy bun thrown in.

It is dressed up enough that it would be perfect for a party or even to a wedding yet still casual enough that it can be worn out shopping or even to dinner for date night!

I am literally in love with this hairstyle! It is so easy to do I hope you will give it a try and love it too!

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