I sometimes like to wear my hair in a crown of braids like I did in this post back in September. I think it's a fun look, and I don't think I'm the only one. I find some of my other favorite bloggers rocking similar hairdos from time to time, like Elsie at A Beautiful Mess.
I used to struggle with the mechanics of these braids. I couldn't make my hair lie flat when I pulled the braids up and over my head, and I always ended up with awkward poofing around the base of the braids (and everywhere, really). I used to give up and start over and over and over again before I could get it looking right. That is, until this week when I had a bobby pin epiphany that's the key to getting this hairdo perfect on the first try every time.
Here's the deal:
1. Brush and part your hair.
2. While holding your hair tight against the first side of your head, insert a bobby pin behind your earlobe to hold your hair in place.
3. Add another bobby pin so that your hair is secured with an X. I've highlighted the X in white in the picture above so that you can see how it should look.
4. Make another bobby pin X on the second side of your head as well.
5. Braid the first side of your hair, holding it straight out instead of down, and secure the end of the braid with a small clear elastic band.
6. Pull the braid up and over the top of your head so it looks like a headband and secure it to your head with a bobby pin.
7. Braid the second side of your hair in the same manner as the first.
8. Pull the second braid up and over your head also, making sure to cover up the elastic band and the bobby pin on the first braid. Secure the second braid with a bobby pin (or three) as well.
9. That's it!
I hope the bobby pin X works as well for you as it does for me. Suddenly this hairstyle only takes me 5 minutes to do, and it used to take me 20. It even looks nice from the back, see?