In today’s hair tutorial we show how to make a crown braid, halo braid, or “Heidi braids” using a super easy method or hair hack. If you can make a regular french braid, you can do this!
We love the look of a classic halo braid but know it can be a struggle to try and french braid in a circular shape around your head! This method we are showing today is very easy (if you know how to french braid) and looks adorable besides.
Halo/Crown Braid Cheat, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)
Depending on the length of hair you are working with, you could actually cross the braids at the base of her neck before pinning them to the top of her head, to form a full circle with the braids. My daughter’s hair isn’t quite long enough for that at the moment, so technically the way we styled her hair in the video (above) could be considered “Heidi braids” or “milkmaid braids” instead of a full halo.
We have done this style before starting with regular pigtails, which is another “cheat” or “hair hack” rather than having to french braid around your head. That is a great method as well, but we love the double braided look this technique creates, and also think this style lays nicer and looks more authentic (since you are actually pulling in separate pieces while french braiding, instead of bringing the hair in all together with a pigtail.)
As mentioned in our video, you can leave your braids tight, or stretch them out for 2 different looks. Stretching the braids will give you a more relaxed, voluminous, slightly messy bohemian look and will also make it easier to tuck in the ends of the braids and hide your bobby pins. Leaving the braids tight can be super cute as well though, especially for little girls.
Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
- 1 or 2 medium size hair elastics (depending on length of hair and how you decide to secure the ends of your braids.)
- Several bobby pins.
- Finishing hairspray.
This would be a cute hairstyle for school, work, church, dance, sports, special occasions, flower girls, weddings, dress up, holidays, the beach, etc.