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A crown can be braided as a french twist or a french or dutch braid of any number of strands you know how to braid.  I'm going to demonstrate a dutch crown.

Directions:

  1. Learn how to do a dutch braid.
  2. Part the hair from the back of the crown of the head to the top back corner of the ear.
  1. Use a beautician's hair clip to clip off the hair, or use a victim willing to hold the hair while you perform the braid.
  2. Select a vertical section of hair and perform the first two cross-overs of a dutch braid (right strand under middle, left strand under middle.)
  1. Select another vertical portion of hair and add it to the clip if you want your crown to have an accent braid.  If not, ignore this step.
  1. Continue as for a dutch braid, adding smaller sections from the top (gathering only as far down as the braid is on the head) and larger sections for the bottom (from the braid to the base of the scalp, in the same line of the upper section, if possible.)
  1. Braid around the head in similar fashion.  Keep the braid well away from the face so that you have to collect more hair from the outter edge than the inner.
  2. Make sure that when you collect the last couple sections of hair, the braid is lined up with the beginning of the braid. 
  1. Braid the crown out to the end and tie it off with a rubber band.
  2. Pick up the hair you left loose for the accent braid.
  3. Collect the accent braid hair in a small bundle, preparing it to begin a braid starting as close to the crown braid as possible.
  4. Split the section into strands with your right hand and separating the end with your left.
  5. Use your left hand to check if the strands are all close to the same length.  If they are not, split the hair differently so all the strands are about the same length.
  6. Braid the accent as a simple 3-strand braid, or a four or five-strand, if you're feeling daring.
  1. Tie off the braid or simple braid out to the end if the hair is a texture that will keep itself braided.
  2. Loop the accent braid across the back of the head and secure it with a bobby pin at whatever point in the braid that the loop is a pretty length.  If the braid is especially long, secure it in the middle of the braid, once more about an inch to the inside of the loop, and loop the end back to where the braid started and bobby pin the end about an inch inside the start of the accent.
  1. Bobby pin the end of the accent braid to the bottom of the dutch braid, tucking it under a little.
  1. Wrap the end of the crown braid around the crown braid, continuing in the direction the hair was braided.
  1. Fold the end of the braid under, with the tuft at the end facing the braid on the head.
  1. Use a bobby pin to secure the end of the braid.
  2. Bobby pin the the top and bottom of the very end of the braid, and again about two inches back on the braid, to keep the tuft from poking out.
  3. Bobby pin in one or two places in the back of the braid to make sure the end of the accent braid doesn't poke out.
Viola, a dutch crown . . .
. . . complete with an accent braid.

 

 

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