I’m a big fan of a big messy bun. Usually the more undone the better, and a big bun on the top of your head is a great alternative to yet another ponytail, and during the rainy season they are a life-saver. While the solution sure lies in adopting an effective hair care routine, you can also ensure that your hair doesn’t get wet or is tied up when you step out in the rains. Want to know what are the up dos you can try out? Here’s a low-down…
Benefits of braiding your hair
My hair is able to hold moisture much longer in braids than when out and though my hair doesn’t normally experience much end or mid-shaft breakage (unless my diet is lousy), braiding makes it virtually non-existent.
I have noticed much less breakage after braiding at night. Many people use topknots when they sleep to also prevent tangles but my hair is pretty delicate and I noticed breakage after awhile where the topknot was positioned. I also don’t use an elastic at the end of the braid. My hair unravels an inch or so by the morning but nothing to produce tangles.
In addition to tangle-prevention (the biggie for me), I like the way overnight braids sort of calm my natural curl. I don’t secure the end of my sleeping braid anymore, mine doesn’t unravel much. I find the act of braiding rather soothing too, so a nice before-bed thing to do at the end of the day.
What to Know:
- Braids always hold better on dirty hair — the more texture, the better! If you’re working with second or third day hair, that’s ideal. For clean hair, make sure you add in some texture spray before braiding to really make this hairstyle hold.
- Because of the way it’s styled, the crown braid works best on longer hair. That way, when you’re pulling the braids up to the top of your head, they’ll reach far enough to give you a full “crown” look.
What To Do:
Step 1: First things first, part your hair in the center. If you prefer a side part, you can do that instead, but part the back of your hair down the middle to keep things even on both sides. Spray some dry texture spray from mid-lengths to ends.
Step 2: Section your hair into two large parts, one on either side of your head.
Step 3: Beginning on the left side, braid the hair into a classic three-strand braid from the ear down all the way to the ends, then secure with a clear elastic. Braid the right side of the hair the same way.
Step 4: Take the left braid up and over the top of your head as far as it will reach, pinning along the top with bobby pins. Bring the right braid up in the same way, crossing over the left to hide the ends of the braids.
Step 5: Pin any stray hairs and gently pull apart the braids a bit to get some extra volume and that perfectly messy look.
Step 6 (Optional): For a softer look, pull a few face framing pieces out so that your crown braid has a softer, more romantic look. Voilà!