Instructions for How to Do a Braided Crown

by Christina Schnell ; Updated September 28, 2017

Popularized by celebrities Jessica Alba and Sienna Miller, the crown braid is an elegant and whimsical style that befits formal and casual occasions. A few requirements are necessary before attempting the crown braid. First, you need braiding skills sufficient to complete a Dutch braid, sometimes referred to a reverse French braid. Second, you will need long hair that falls at least half-way between your shoulder and elbow.

Items you will need

  • Hair brush
  • Hair clip
  • 2 non-rubber hair elastics
  • 6 hair pins
Step 1

Brush the hair free of any knots or tangles, and part the hair down the center.

Step 2

Part the hair again horizontally behind the ear. Twist and clip the hair above the part so it doesn't interfere with your braiding.

Step 3

Divide the hair below the horizontal part into three equal sections, A, B and C. Place A under C and B under A to create a Dutch braid.

Step 4

Draw a 2-inch section of hair from the scalp line and add it to section A. Pull section A under section C, and secure the plait with your pointer and index fingers. Braid downward and approximately 3-inches away from the scalp, making a U-formation around the hairline.

Step 5

Repeat Step 4 with sections A, B and C as you continue forming a braid around the perimeter of the head. Continue braiding at least 3-inches equidistant between the center point on your head and your hairline. Use the natural hair-swirl as a center point. The hair-swirl is most visible on young babies, but exists on individuals of all ages.

Step 6

Continue braiding until the braid encircles the head and returns to the starting point. Braid the remaining hair and secure the bottom with a non-rubber elastic band. Your head now should have a crown braid and a braid extension tail at the end.

Step 7

Curve and tuck the loose, remaining braid into the upper half of the existing crown braid. Secure the base of the braid into the scalp using hair pins.


  • For best results, braid hair that hasn't been washed in a day. Slightly greasy hair holds plaits much better than silky, freshly-washed locks.


  • This hair style requires time and patience, unless you have an unusually calm 6-year-old, this is not the hairstyle for young children.

About the Author

Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.