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Braided Headband

THE LOOK

Create the perfect hair accessory using your own hair! Two hidden braids taken from behind your ears cross over the top of your head to form a braided headband. This is a delicate-looking braid, but can be remarkably secure. It adds a countryside feel to your look and so is great for a picnic or spending the day outdoors with friends.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

Your own hair is the accessory in this hairstyle, so no other adornment is required. However, you could weave flowers or a ribbon through your headband to add an extra dimension to the finished look.

TRY THIS

If you have very long hair, you can just do one braid and cross it over the top of your head. If you have shorter hair, doing two braids makes the headband fuller and the style will look more even. This style suits straight hair but looks great with wavy or curly hair too. You could also curl the rest of your hair and leave it out or tie it back into a loose bun.

Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.
Bottom : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Emily M. Meyers/The Freckled Fox.

HOW TO GET IT BRAIDED HEADBAND

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Hair clip
  • 2 small clear hair elastics
  • Bobby pins

1). Start by brushing all your hair to remove any knots. Clip your hair back and take a 1-inch section of hair from behind your left ear. Braid this section and secure the end with a small clear elastic. Pull at the sides of the braid to loosen it and stretch it out. If you start pulling the braid just above the hair elastic and work back up, you can really enhance the shape of the braid and make your hair look thicker.

2). Repeat on your right side, braiding a 1-inch section of hair behind your right ear. Remember to stretch out your braid.

3–4). Pull one of the braids over your head and into a headband position, and pin in place on top of your hair.

5). Cross the other braid over and pin in place. Tuck the ends of both braids under each other and pin them down to hide them away, and then pin the two braids together for added hold.

TOP TIP : If you have long hair, you may need to braid on only one side to achieve a full headband. Try to braid over the top of your head where the braids will eventually sit; if you start the braids in a downward direction, they won’t sit as flat behind your ears.

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