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TheBluffs
July 16th, 2011, 06:34 PM
This is a tutorial that I promised on the 'How often do you wear Crown (Heidi) braids ? ' thread. :) It will show you how to get a 'Crown' look, as opposed to the 'Flat' look. I learned this back when I lived in Poland from my family, and have used it ever scince. If any of the instructions do not make sense (I've been there :confused:) , feel free to coment, and I will try and anwser your question. So without further ado, let's begin! :)

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108019
1. Start by braiding an English Braid. This braid should be comferably tight, so that it will be as high as possible. Braid all the way to the bottom, and secure with an elastic.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108020
2. We are trying to achive a 'Crown' type look, as illustrated. It will not be flat.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108023
3. You now need bobby pins, though I have found that Amish pins work just as well. Slide the pin of choice so that is on top of your head, but in your head. If we were to look down, we would see that this would form an upsidown 'T', with the pin being the bottom, and the hair being the long I. Becasue of this pinning, the braid will be upright.


http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108022
A upside down 'T'. (My hair is not pink :p )

4. Keep pinning in the upside 'T' fashion all the way around your head.

(Continuted in the next post)

TheBluffs
July 16th, 2011, 06:35 PM
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108026
5. You hopefully will have got something that looks like this.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108025
Have fun! :wethree:

Madora
July 16th, 2011, 07:23 PM
Alas, all I see are little red xs where the photographs should be.

Laurenji
July 16th, 2011, 07:43 PM
Yeah, I'm not getting the pictures either.... this sounds really interesting, though.

Mirsha
July 16th, 2011, 07:55 PM
The pictures are in her updo album :)


This is a tutorial that I promised on the 'How often do you wear Crown (Heidi) braids ? ' thread. :) It will show you how to get a 'Crown' look, as opposed to the 'Flat' look. I learned this back when I lived in Poland from my family, and have used it ever scince. If any of the instructions do not make sense (I've been there :confused:) , feel free to coment, and I will try and anwser your question. So without further ado, let's begin! :)

http://www.longhaircommunity.com/forums/album.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108019
1. Start by braiding an English Braid. This braid should be comferably tight, so that it will be as high as possible. Braid all the way to the bottom, and secure with an elastic.
2. We are trying to achive a 'Crown' type look, as illustrated. It will not be flat.
3. You now need bobby pins, though I have found that Amish pins work just as well. Slide the pin of choice so that is on top of your head, but in your head. If we were to look down, we would see that this would form an upsidown 'T', with the pin being the bottom, and the hair being the long I. Becasue of this pinning, the braid will be upright.
A upside down 'T'. (My hair is not pink :p )

4. Keep pinning in the upside 'T' fashion all the way around your head.

(Continuted in the next post)

These are the pics:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108022
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108024
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108023

TheBluffs
July 16th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Alas, all I see are little red xs where the photographs should be.

And I though that was just my computer. :confused:
I just spent a bit of time in Site Support and it is fixed! :) Pictures are all up correctly! :D
Thank you Mirsha trying to help out! :flowers:

Spring
July 16th, 2011, 08:47 PM
Beautiful braid :). I've never seen a crown braid done that way.

RitaPG
July 16th, 2011, 08:49 PM
You are so pretty and that style looks great on you ^^
My hair is still a tad too short for this one, but I'll definitely give it a try sometime. Thanks for sharing :flower:

Xandergrammy
July 16th, 2011, 08:51 PM
I love this! Thank you so much! Any possibility of seeing a picture of the back of your head?

Anje
July 16th, 2011, 09:15 PM
Ah, so the bobby pins keep the braid from tipping over?

Madora
July 16th, 2011, 10:33 PM
Thanks for fixing the pictures. Very interesting how you did it. Always wondered how those crown braids stayed upright and not flat. Thanks!!

kouran
July 17th, 2011, 02:18 AM
Thank you very much!!
:blossom:
This is my favourite hairstyle, I will try it today, but since I don't have bobby and amish pins I will try with the Good Hair Days' Magic Grip hairpins.

Panth
July 17th, 2011, 04:13 AM
I do this sometimes and it's one of my favourites (although, yes, it does need quite a lot of hair and not much taper to look best).

A tip: it looks extra fun and unusual if you do a two-strand rope plait instead of an english plait.

Another tip: if you hair is just that little bit too short, try starting the plait just behind one ear, then pinning it from their (without bringing it across your nape). This way you'll make an alice band-shaped plait instead of a full circle, which takes less hair.

hairwap
July 17th, 2011, 05:29 AM
All can say is amazing

Way to go hair

embee
July 17th, 2011, 06:25 AM
Beautiful! :)

Must be nice to have thick hair. (envy envy) :)

Thanks for the pinning hint, that is something I'd never considered.

My problem has always been what to do with the tail end.... it is just this little wisp but it does not want to tuck in anywhere plus the braid is thin so there's not much to cover the tail end with. I love this updo. Mine always goes flat and I think partly it's my hair being thin and slick.

mellie
July 17th, 2011, 06:36 AM
Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

TheBluffs
July 17th, 2011, 08:16 AM
I love this! Thank you so much! Any possibility of seeing a picture of the back of your head?

Thank you very much! :)And I do have a picture!
You can see on the left part that there is a bobby pin in the updown 'T', and the silver things on the right are my rush job Amish Pins. :o
http://www.longhaircommunity.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=7907&pictureid=108047


Ah, so the bobby pins keep the braid from tipping over?
Exacly. They create a flat base , so the braid is on it's side.



Another tip: if you hair is just that little bit too short, try starting the plait just behind one ear, then pinning it from their (without bringing it across your nape). This way you'll make an alice band-shaped plait instead of a full circle, which takes less hair.

I never thought of that! :) It's a good idea for people with shorter hair.

Laurenji
July 17th, 2011, 03:44 PM
Yay! I can see the pictures!

Unfortunately, my hair is way too short to be able to do this.... Maybe I'll try the alice band technique.

ArienEllariel
July 17th, 2011, 04:03 PM
Ahhhhh that's what I figured. I knew there had to be some way that the pins were keeping the braid in that position...

Thanks for showing us!

gmdiaz
July 17th, 2011, 04:32 PM
You are so cute. . .absolutely adorable.

And thanks for the tutorial!

Proximity
July 17th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Yesterday I watched the film Onegin (an old favourite of mine) and was admiring Tatiana/Liv Tyler's crown braid style and wondering how it was done. Now I know :) Looking forward to trying it out myself when my hair gets long enough... probably in a couple of years time :rolleyes:

Arya
July 17th, 2011, 05:20 PM
How long does your hair need to be for this? My braid has considerable taper, even starting from behind my ear.


Yesterday I watched the film Onegin (an old favourite of mine) and was admiring Tatiana/Liv Tyler's crown braid style and wondering how it was done. Now I know :) Looking forward to trying it out myself when my hair gets long enough... probably in a couple of years time :rolleyes:

You could use the same pin technique to pop up the braid you can make with the Yulia Tymoshenko for shorter hair style.

TheBluffs
July 18th, 2011, 11:15 AM
How long does your hair need to be for this? My braid has considerable taper, even starting from behind my ear.


I'd say starting behind your ear would be waist +, and the one I did about TB +.
If you started from behind your ear on both sides, taper would not be noticable because of the top thicknessof the first braid (Yeah, I'm bad at explaining :confused:) and the top thickness of the second braid would overlap, and the taper could be tucked, creating the illusion of one regular thickness braid

ElusiveMuse
July 18th, 2011, 11:21 AM
TheBluffs, you are so pretty!

C.H.
July 18th, 2011, 11:25 AM
I've never done a crown braid. I should try it!

turquoisebud
July 18th, 2011, 11:46 AM
This is so cute! My hair is way too short for this right now but... "Some day long hair will come." (set to the tune of "some day my prince will come") :p

Darkhorse1
July 18th, 2011, 11:47 AM
Hey Bluffs! Great hair and hairstyle--I see you are in Canada---welcome to the sauna! This is a hairstyle ideal for our heatwave :D

arwenevenstar37
July 18th, 2011, 12:17 PM
Yesterday I watched the film Onegin (an old favourite of mine) and was admiring Tatiana/Liv Tyler's crown braid style and wondering how it was done. Now I know :) Looking forward to trying it out myself when my hair gets long enough... probably in a couple of years time :rolleyes:


I love that movie too adn am also waiting to do that style! :) this is very lovely! thanks for the tutorial

Arya
July 18th, 2011, 09:08 PM
I'd say starting behind your ear would be waist +, and the one I did about TB +.
If you started from behind your ear on both sides, taper would not be noticable because of the top thicknessof the first braid (Yeah, I'm bad at explaining :confused:) and the top thickness of the second braid would overlap, and the taper could be tucked, creating the illusion of one regular thickness braid

My hair is between waist and hip, but I do have long layers. My braid looks hilarious if I start from behind the ear! It's four times bigger on one side than the other. I should try two, and see what it looks like.

TheBluffs
July 19th, 2011, 01:48 PM
Hey Bluffs! Great hair and hairstyle--I see you are in Canada---welcome to the sauna! This is a hairstyle ideal for our heatwave :D

I'm barring this for the heatwave on Thursday. ;) 37 degree's without the humudity, there I come. :D


My hair is between waist and hip, but I do have long layers. My braid looks hilarious if I start from behind the ear! It's four times bigger on one side than the other. I should try two, and see what it looks like.

Length sounds ideal. :nod: Now I'm curious to what kind of stange way thoes layers were cut. :cool: If behind the ears looks strange, go for higher pigtails and pin from there. Or a dutch crown, as you mentioned.