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Monday, September 24, 2012

Motherhood Mondays: Princess crown braid

This month, I'm excited to feature back-to-school hair tutorials for girls every Monday. (And of course we grown-ups can wear them, too:) My friend Reagan of Hairdresser on Fire did a princess crown on adorable five-year-old Stella. What a pretty fall look, and I loved Stella's goofy personality! Here are Reagan's steps and more photos...
This style works for short, medium and long hair, and is a great way to keep your cutie's hair out of her face!

Prep: Brush the hair until its tangle-free. You'll need one elastic (I like Goody's clear ones) and a handful of bobby pins.

1. Find the hair's natural part. You'll want to start your braid on the heavy side.

2. Start French braiding with the sections going underneath each other, instead of over the top. You'll follow the round of the head, rather than going straight back like you would for pigtail braids.

3. To make the finished braid easier to manipulate, I like to only add hair to the French braid from the bottom section. (If this is too challenging or confusing, it's optional.)

4-5. When you get to the back of the ear, you'll start to cut across the back of the head, so that this is a "half up" braid instead of all the way up. You’ll leave the rest of the hair down.

6. When your braid reaches the other side of the head, and you have no more sections to add, finish off the tail of the braid and secure with an elastic.

7. Fold the tail of the braid in half and pin the braid in place. Find any loose areas and pin them too. The braid should look similar to a horseshoe.

8. Pull at the braid until it's softened to your taste. I like my princess braids a little fuzzy.

Now teach her how to jump rope to "Cinderella Dressed in Yella." That seems suiting!
Thank you so much, Reagan!

P.S. More little girl hair tutorials, and grown-up hair tutorials...

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for A Cup of Jo. Hair by Reagan Baker. Styling by Kendra Smoot. Clothing credits: Necktie from Freshly Picked, polka-dot top and pants from Zara, vintage Keds high tops)

51 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Awww..my Monday just got all adorable:) What a cutie and the hair-do is totally charming. xoxo

Elsa de Diego said...

I totally agree with Diana! :) xoxo

Tinacious Me said...

aww these pictures are so precious! what an adorable look!
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Ann said...

Adorable!!!

allmussedup said...

What a little ham she is! And I love doing that braid on my own hair, either half up like this or with all of it. It never fails to garner compliments and it's so pretty.

Tyckled Tales said...

Yes, I love this! Love that your little one has a style of her own and she doesn't have to wear all the tradtional pinks and fluffy things… not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's great to have a kiddie express her own style. Thanks for sharing. She's a very posh little one ;)

mod erin said...

mum to 3 boys but love this one for myself. she looks like a real cheeky monkey !

Andrea @ Mama in the City said...

That is really sweet. Maybe one day my baldy baby will grow hair and we can contemplate doing a braid!

Laura said...

Too cute for words!!

Robin said...

Awww, it's lovely! Like the other tutorials btw ;) It looks too difficult for me, but in the grown up section I've found something easier I'd like to try... Thanks!!

Chelsea said...

Beautiful photos! I love this style for girls!

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

What a little cutie! I wish my mom had these hair tutorials growing up I might have avoided the nasty 80's side ponytail on the top of my head haha.

ClosetCravings said...

Braids are always so pretty and timeless. I think I will want to wear them even when I'm a little old lady. =)
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Christy said...

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Have to admit that I don't even know how to French braid, but that style is adorable and so is Stella! What a great model, and so impeccably dressed :)

AVY said...

Adorable, it brings me back to happier times.


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Emily said...

Oh my gosh! She is so adorable!!!! Love her little outfit, too. I also love the new design on your blog! Our backgrounds are practically the same exact color. Woot!

xoxo
Emily
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Justin + Liesl said...

This is so adorable. I had more fun scrolling through her expressions!

xoxo
Liesl

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GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Ah ... sweet memories. My braid girls are all grown now.

Fondly,
Glenda

Sarah Stone said...

Ah! SO cute! If only I could get my little girl to hold still long enough to do this! She's only 2, but already has really long RED hair. I can't so much as get it in a pony tail without her ripping it out! Any brilliant ideas to get a toddler to hold still for this (or even a ponytail)?

spusht said...

awww so nice! Stella is quite camera-friendly :)

i love doing different hairstyles on my hair too. but sometimes i wish i had four hands...

Sarah Tucker said...

Such an adorable hair style. And an adorable little girl!

-Sarah {tuckerup.blogspot.com}

Aya said...

I love what a little spitfire this girl is. She looks like a real kid. This hairdo looks great because once she has it in, she can play with abandon all day long without her hair getting in her face. Love it.

Cappuccino frío said...

nice idea!

Jessie said...

aww..this is so cute!

Dana DeVolk said...

What a cutie!


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Amanda Carr said...

so cute!

Allison McGregor said...

This is so cute, is it odd that I want to do it on my adult self?

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Britt T said...

love that giant map! it's also featured on restoredstyle.com!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

:( I always leave for work (teacher) before my daughter is up :( This is one of those things I miss the most...as does she...as well as mom making breakfast..still looking for someone to sponsor me as a stay at home mom for one year! I will document with video, audio, writings....whatever I need to do!!! :)

Janet said...

I've got a 2 month old girl, i'm jotting these down for when I can finallly play with her hair. xo.

Little Treasures said...

Me and my girl have been totally obsessed with braids this summer and wore such styled hair to the recent weddings we attended.
I have lots of pins on my board if you are interested: http://pinterest.com/littletreasures/hairstyle-diy/

Joanna if you mind my link here, I'll understand if you delete it.

Julia said...

My daughter barely sits still for me to brush her hair, but I hope to braid it someday! this tutorial is adorable!

Alana Bell said...

So cute! Can you PLEASE feature some styles for girls with very curly hair. My daughter has long curly hair and at the moment her style of choice is a front half side pony...which I think is adorable (totally her choice) but my husband says it reminds him of all the girls he knew in the 80's LOL. Help!

Kendriana said...

I like this braid, I think I can pull some of these styles on my own hair. I like how you showcased a short style, I've noticed lots of little girls having short hair cuts lately.

I'm anxiously waiting for the day you feature a hairstyle on little latina, asian and black girls... I'd love to see what styles are created for these different hair textures.

isabel said...

that looks so cute! i do not have a daughter so i will try this on me :)

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The AstroCat said...

Lovelove it ! I'm going to try it on me though I'm ''grown up'' :)

kati said...

i love this series so much! you and reagan make a great team. if only i knew how to french braid... i have always had a braiding learning disorder :p

McKenna Bleu said...

Oh my goodness, that is the sweetest braid! She is the cutest thing ever too, love her outfit:)

marissa bognanno said...

i love her spunk! cute hair, cute everything! and i love your new site design joanna!

Cristi_Carpe Diem_ said...

Es precioso!!! Ayer descubrí tu blog y me encantó. Te escribo desde (Málaga)España, todavía no he averiguado de donde eres. Perdona por escribir en español.
Felicidades por tu blog, volveré por aqui.

Un besito :-))))

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Michelle Cheng said...

She is so darn cute!

jessamine said...

This style has been in my family for years, except we always did all of the hair up. My mother's grandmother did her hair like this because it was a popular style for little girls in the Ukraine (where she was from). They often put ribbons and flowers in the braid. My mother did it for me when I was a little girl and although I was so shy and quiet, it got me so much attention, haha, teachers, little girls, even little boys complimented me. I now have a little girl (she is turning 3 tomorrow) and I do her hair like this. (She has curly hair, it can be done with curly hair! ) I just did her hair like this for a wedding last week, she was the flower girl, and everyone wanted to know who did her hair, I was proud to say I did! We always called it a princess braid.

jessamine said...

This style has been in my family for years, except we always did all of the hair up. My mother's grandmother did her hair like this because it was a popular style for little girls in the Ukraine (where she was from). They often put ribbons and flowers in the braid. My mother did it for me when I was a little girl and although I was so shy and quiet, it got me so much attention, haha, teachers, little girls, even little boys complimented me. I now have a little girl (she is turning 3 tomorrow) and I do her hair like this. (She has curly hair, it can be done with curly hair! ) I just did her hair like this for a wedding last week, she was the flower girl, and everyone wanted to know who did her hair, I was proud to say I did! We always called it a princess braid.

Jenny B. said...

Love the braid!

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Lulu said...

The only thing I'm still not understanding, or can't see, is how to attach the end of the braid to the opposite side of the head. Am I being blonde here?

Anonima said...

Omg, I love her braid...I would like to do it on my little cousin... She loves braids :)

Jackie B. said...

I am loving this series! -jb.

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