Face it: pulling your hair up during the summer is a necessity — especially if you want to enjoy the sunshine. Crown braids are the answer. The great weather may have you sweating (or shall we say glistening), but this great hairstyle will cool you off!
The Cutest Crown Braid Hairstyles for Fun Summer Days
A crown braid is your best headband. It adds statement texture to your updo that is seen from every side. You may opt for a neat tight braid or go for a chunky and messy fishtail. Both updos and half up styles look stunning with headband braids.
#1: High Braided Crown
Instead of wrapping around just above your hairline like a usual crown braid, this one is positioned higher up on your head. It’s sort of a mix between an elaborate bun and a crown braid. It’s created the same way as every other crown braid, just braid closer to the crown.
#2: Gorgeous Fishtail Crown
Here’s a unique take on the trend for those of you who enjoy trying new things. If you’re already bored with the basic braid, try this half up, half down style with the braid wrapping around the crown of your head. This one’s totally festival chic!
#3: Crown Braid and Side Braid
Imagine a crown braid but with the end that is not pinned up and you’ll get this fresh and sleek style! This fun look can be worn just about anywhere. It’ll hold your hair back in the heat and give you magnificent waves on second day hair!
#4: Princess Crown Braid Hairstyle
You’re a queen and you want everyone to know it. That’s why this hairstyle is so perfect. With this take on the crown braid, you’ll look the part with your hair resembling a literal crown! Soon, all your friends and family will realize your inherent royalty.
#5: Maiden Updo with a Delicate Headband Braid
For a fan of crown braids, who happens to be craving something a little different, try out this version! You’ll kind of look like a sexy milkmaid. The fringe adds the perfect amount of nonchalance to this look and softens the facial features to combat the hardness of the updo.
#6: Crown Braid for Mid-Length Hair
This half up braided crown look is perfect for any casual occasion! You can wear this out with your friends on a Saturday night or to a raging concert that lasts until morning. Either way, it’ll hold up and keep your hair in place. Hint: this one looks especially flattering on long bobs.
#7: Quadruple Crown Braid Hairstyle
This braided crown utilizes a few small braids to create the beauty you see here. Just divide up your hair into four sections. Split the back into halves and the front mostly to the left. Braid the sections and then fold them over each other until you have your picture perfect braided crown!
#8: Fishtail Braid Hairstyle
The longer your hair is, the easier this style will be. Part your hair in the middle and make two fishtail braids, one on each side. Bring the braids up and wrap them around your head, pinning them into place. That’s it! It’s almost too easy to not do.
#9: Loose French Braid Hairdo
Sometimes your hair needs a little jewelry too. In this adorable look, the crown braid is given a little extra flare with some trendy bobby pins. You can get the same effect by using clips, wearing a headband or even tucking flowers into your braid.
#10: Dutch Fishtail Crown Braid
This one is a bit more complex than the original fishtail crown braid, but it’s well worth the extra effort to get such a beautiful and authentic style. It’s like a normal crown braid, except you Fishtail the braid around the head instead of French braiding. Mixing up that one little variable changes the whole look into something new and enchanting!
#11: Lace Braids with Flowers
What about a crown that isn’t just made with braids, it’s made with flowers too? Sounds too good to be true? You can look like a majestic summer nymph by trying this fancy look out for yourself. The easiest way to pull it off is to buy a flower headband you can braid into your hair.
#12: Two-Toned Hairstyle
This one’s the real deal! If you want to learn how to braid around the crown of your head instead of trying out one of the useful cheats, this technique involves French braiding the hair all the way along the hairline. Simply pin up the leftover end of the braid so it wraps around your head to complete the crown.
#13: Faux Braided Crown
The building of this hairstyle might leave you looking like Pippi Longstocking, but don’t worry! It’s only for a brief moment. If done right, the four miniature braids you’ll create around your head will fold over to compose a flawless updo for summer nights spent with your pals.
#14: Headband Braid and Dip Dye
This half up style starts off just like a usual headband braid would, but you’re not going to follow it through. You begin with parting your hair to the side and French braiding along your hairline, but stop when you reach above your ear. From there, you’ll braid it down and then pin it back. Simple as that!
#15: Boho Braid Headband
This bohemian take on the crown braid is not for the light of heart — or the clumsy of hand, for that matter. The complex instructions behind this style demand someone with the patience to braid in a full circle around your head. If you’re not good at braiding yet, try one of the easier faux crowns.
#16: Messy Hairstyle with Braids
Hairstyles for second-day locks are known for being messy in a cute and fun way. Crown braids should be no different! In this look, you’ll get all the composure of an updo with all the last-minute easiness of a second-day style. It’s just two messy braids pinned in all the right places.
#17: Loopy Braid with Clips
This is the sort of look you could wear to a wedding if you are a bridesmaid. It’s unique enough to stand out from the crowd without taking away too much attention from the blushing bride. The flower accessories are a nice touch, so are the softly curled ends. Dress your style up!
#18: Chunky Swedish Headband Braid
Updos are the trick to maintaining cute hair during extremely humid weather. Don’t fight with Mother Nature by using sprays and products that try to lock the moisture out of your strands. Your hair actually loves (and most likely needs) the moisture! Give in and tie it up.
#19: Six Braid Hairstyle
One braid just isn’t enough! The four-braid look gives a suitable style, but for ladies out there with thin tresses, six braids will make your hair appear thicker in an updo. It’s self explanatory to do at home. Six braids (three on each side) twisted and pinned around your head to create the crown.
#20: Updo with Messy Headband Braid
To create volume, this style pulls the top part of the hair back and pins it up. For a crown braid, this one has relatively small braids, making it one of the only styles on this list where the braids don’t demand full attention. This look is a bit more low key, so it’s great for work.
#21: Fishtail Crown Braid
Crown braids look romantic and lovely, especially when you incorporate a more intricate braid style like a fishtail. Much easier than it looks, this braid should be secured in the back with a hairpin, allowing the rest of your mane to flow freely.
#22: Greek Goddess Style
A crown braid doesn’t follow any specific pattern or protocol – sometimes it can be as simple as a few braids of different thicknesses wrapped around the back of the head. Secure at the nape of the neck and beneath the opposing ear, and allow some loose tendrils to soften the final look.
#23: Chunky Braid Wreath
Starting at the very top of the head and braiding down, up and over to the other side of the top, this chunky braid is the perfect crown to try on yourself. You will need patience, a lot of hair pins and a strong spray to hold this one in place.
#24: Flower Embellishments
For a truly romantic style, work some flowers into your crown. Pair them with a long side fishtail or any other braid variation. Small, delicate flowers in tender hues look best with lacy braids and lace dresses.
#25: Half Up Braid for Ombre Hair
Work a chunky braid into a half up style, and show off your creative color. Ombre hair is when the darker, more natural roots fade into a lighter, brighter shade. Wavy strands of a sophisticated color combined with crown braids always look feminine and fun.
#26: Braided Crown Updo
Braid hair and pin it up and completely off the neck with a thick, Heidi-inspired crown. Half up hair is lovely, but when it comes to warmer days, a full updo that is fully secured by a braid is preferred by many. So, save this simple idea for spring and summer months.
#27: Tendril Crown
For a messy take on the crown plait updo, allow a generous amount of tendrils to cascade down from under the braid. Try this on just one side of the head and you’ll appreciate the softening that comes to your final style.
#28: Crown of Greenery
A fully wrapped around the head braid is whimsical and fun to wear. Either a French or Dutch braid will work perfectly for a braided crown, but you can also go with a fishtail. Fan out the braid to make it lacier and chunkier and add some baby’s breath or fresh leaves for a fancier occasion.
#29: Turban Updo
Finger combing and braiding your hair into chunky French plaits results in a sort of a cute turban crown that is modern and yet still feminine. Leave some under layers flowing freely, or work them into the braid for a more pulled together style.
#30: Ponytail Crown
There’s a lot going on here, but the elements this sophisticated hairstyle involves are pretty simple – a braid, a bouffant and a wrapped ponytail. The key is to perform each of them aptly. Braid around head and secure in place with a hair pin. Make a small bouffant, backcombing the hair behind the braid and add a pony that sits right at the crown. If you wish, wrap a medium section of hair around the pony to conceal the elastic.
#31: Straight Hair with Braided Crown
A crown braid is beautiful in all its variations, but it looks exceptionally stunning on very long and straight hair. Play with different styles after straightening your strands.
#32: Simple Braided Style
If you have long hair, styling a casual crown braid updo is very easy. Pull your strands back for a low braid and make a simple three-strand plait. Wrap around the head and secure with hair pins abstaining from any sort of setting spray if you want a wispy, romantic look.
#33: Beach Wave Braid
A half up crown can be achieved by simply wrapping a braid of the desired kind and thickness around the head in the position you wish. If your hair is naturally wavy, braid wet hair and then allow it to air dry. When the hair is still slightly damp, add in a curl boosting gel to the loose sections.
#34: Platinum Crown
Using a deep side part, brush your hair and work it into a braid crown secured around the head thanks to the strands picked up from the hair on either side of the parting. Starting to grow out roots? Don’t worry – the cool spiral effect of this crown style will turn them into a work of art.
#35: Pulled Back Crown
Curly hair gets fancy with this gathered style that works a braided section into a pile of ringlets and tendrils that will catch any eye. A hair goal for any special event in your life!
#36: Layers of Braids
For an elevated style that also shows off your length, brush hair straight back, backcomb the top section for a bouffant and braid two plaits on either side. Wrap the braids around the back of your head, bringing the end of each braid to the opposite side and pinning in place to get the double half crown.
#37: Thick Loose Updo
If you aren’t quite sure how to do a crown braid, consider going to a professional. The benefit of hiring someone is evident — you can experience more intricate, edgy styles including volumized updos and braids that won’t quit.
#38: Jeweled Crown
A thick braided updo is beautiful and appropriate for a formal event. Add a jeweled clip or a string of sparkling beads to the finished coif, working its ends underneath the braid and letting it curve along.
#39: Twisted Crown
If you don’t like the way your hair is kinked by braids, or they just present a challenge to you, go with a casual twisted crown instead. This is both easy to style and perfect for any event.
#40: Crowns for Black Hair
A simple crown braid tutorial for black hair involves going with a classic look without being afraid to add a modern twist. Braid both sides of your hair into tight braids. Wrap them in opposing directions and secure at the top of the head. Leaving two very thin sections out in front of the ears, braid these into tiny plaits on each side and add some beads or jewels as a finishing touch.
#41: Messy Floral Crown Braid
This cool crown braid sets itself apart from the rest thanks to its pointedly messy style and delicate rose buds, used as hair accessories. To begin, two crown plaits are loosely braided and then some tiny individual strands are pulled from the braided crown to create the messy look. Finally, medium-sized flowers are placed here and there for a lovely finishing touch.
#42: Chunky Crown Braid with a Bouffant
If you’d like a little drama with your braided crown, then perhaps this heavily teased version is a good idea for you to try. In this case, the chunky braided crown doesn’t go all the way around the head. Instead the braids gather in the back to form a sort of a braided chignon. The teased crown is the tallest point of this look, and it is perfectly smoothed with just the right height. The final touch is a few tendrils that escape the sides to frame the face.
#43: Two-Tone Crown Braid Updo
Sometimes the best way to personalize a braided look is to simply opt for a unique hair color. Here, you have braided hair that goes all around the head to form a beautiful crown. However, the most striking part of this hairstyle is its lovely two-tone color. You can use an attached braid to achieve this effect or complete this style on ombre hair.
#44: Half Up, Half Down Crown Braid
On those days when you simply can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down, perhaps this easy braided style will serve as inspiration. Featuring a back section that is worn down and finished with loose curls, the focus of this style is still the chic, half crown braid. The hair braids meet at the back, where the end of one braid is swirled and pinned as a flower.
#45: Thick, Brunette Crown Braid
A stylish alternative to the classic bun, this quick and easy braided look is suitable for a variety of hair types. Here, you have a tightly-braided crown style that begins at the side and goes around the head along the hairline dropping cute thin flyaways on its way.
#46: Lacy Partial Crown Braid
If being picture-perfect is what you want from your braided hairstyle, then look no further, because this pretty half updo definitely fits the bill. The partial braided crown goes perfectly around the head, while the remainder of the hair is filled with loose, beach waves. This look is ideal for a host of occasions, including a date night, girl’s night out or casual weekend outing.
#47: Double Messy Crown Braid
When you see styles like this, you are wondering how to do them on your own. Well, this style may take a little longer than others, but that doesn’t mean that the average person couldn’t recreate it. There are two crown braids to this look, one is rather thick and wide French braid, while the other is a thinner, tighter braided fishtail. If you want to keep those long face-framing pieces on one side of your updo, section them out before you begin to braid.
#48: Funky Multi-Colored Crown Braid
For all of you, edgy ladies out there who love to take a risk, these funky hair braids are absolutely perfect. Let’s start with the star of the show, which is the bold multi-colored hue that contains pastel pink, green and yellow, toning the blonde hair like watercolors. The actual braided crown is braided loosely to go around the head and resolve on top into a fun burst of wispy ends.
#49: Red Crown Braid with Face-Framing Tendrils
“Neat”, “pretty” and “polished” are the best ways to describe these cool hair braids. The braided crown is perfectly formed and wrapped around the head, while the front tendrils, caressing the face on each side, add a touch of romance to the look.
#50: Pastel Pink Crown Braid
If attention is what you want, then wearing an eye-catching, pink crown braid is definitely the way to do it. This hairstyle is cool, fun, fearless, and pretty easy to achieve once you get the pink hair color. It will certainly work with any other hair color, but if you want a funky braided look, get on the pastel hair trend and style a simple French braid that goes precisely around the head.
#51: Blonde Half Up Crown Braid
Sleek, polished and all-around flattering braided style, this one is almost too pretty to be real. If you’re wondering how to make these braids your own, all you have to do is to section your hair off in a half up, half down style, and the rest is pretty easy. Create two medium-sized braids and connect them at the back of your head to create a crown. The rest of the hair is worn down and straight, with just a hint of wave for texture.
#52: Four-Strand Crown Braid with Highlights
This braided crown is ideal for those of you who have thick hair and are desperately looking for a modern updo that flatters your hair type. You can create this look one of the two ways: either create one large four-strand braid to form your crown or opt for two medium-sized ones and braid them close to each other.
#53: Thick Gray Crown Braid
Spending time watching different crown braid tutorials and how to make a crown braid updo your own has probably left you a little confused and underwhelmed. However, creating it is much easier than you think. For instance, this gray braid is a simple three-strand braid that starts at your nape and goes down your back. Wrap it around your head and pin in place, covering the hairline and the top of your ears. You need long hair for this style or an attached braid.
#54: Blonde Crown Braid with Decorative Pins
Both Dutch braids and French braids can be used in braided crowns. To spice things up, this crown braid updo features a unique part in the middle of the head and is finished off with decorative hair pins for a touch of sparkle.
#55: Thick Natural Crown Braid
Embrace your natural hair texture and rock this stunning natural braided crown look. The extremely thick, braided crown elegantly wraps around the head, revealing the smoothed out edges.
#56: Crown Twist Updo
One of the most important things about wearing a crown hairstyle is to make it your own, and this version certainly does that. Since the hair here is naturally curly, the task is to create a crown that works best with the given hair texture. A flat twist is a great idea, but a fishtail and a Dutch braid would work here too.
#57: Intricate Crown Braid with Escaping Flyaways
Creating unique hair braids that form a crown is a part of the fun of wearing the style, and, obviously, this is one of the most unique versions around. This braided crown combines a French braid that goes traditionally around the head and a flat twist braided from the centre of the forehead toward the nape, where it suddenly curves and joins the crown braid. The result is, definitely, a conversation-starter!
#58: Boho Half Up Crown Braid
This partial braided crown with two thick braids bears a deliberately undone feel thanks to the loose waves and messily braided crown. Ombre highlights raise its style score and make it a bit more dramatic.
#59: Crown Braid with Bun
Take your crown hairstyle to a new level by combining it with another popular style – a messy bun. Here, you have a high, middle bun that is surrounded by a braided crown. These two are a perfect couple!
#60: Reddish Brown Crown Braid
A nice way to play up your new tri-color hair color would be to try out this braided hair look featuring a gorgeous crown. The side view shows how aptly the braid wraps around the head, getting thinner and resolving somewhere near the crown.
There are tutorials for a stylist of every level, from a beginner to a professional. Don’t hesitate to try a crown braid yourself this summer!