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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Half-up braided crown

Whenever we did hair tutorials in the past, we got tons of comments requesting curly hair and short hair tutorials. So we've put together four new posts—two for curly hair and two for short hair. Thanks for the encouragement! Here, my hair-stylist friend Reagan, who has gorgeous curls, shows how to do a half-up braided crown. Here are her steps...

1. Part your hair down the middle, and gather together a large section of hair on one side. (I like to pull pieces down in the front so I have softness around my face.)
2-4. Braid the section. Start loosely at the top, working backwards in the direction that you want the braid to go (so rather than braiding straight down, you want to braid back, so the braid is at a slight slant). Secure with an elastic.
5. Repeat on the other side.
6-7. Cross the first braid behind your head so that the braid swoops down to the nape of your neck (it’s a more feminine, flattering and grown-up look than crossing it directly across the back of your head). Pin in place with bobby pins, making sure to tuck in the tail. (If your braid is quite long, you can fold the tail in half and tuck it behind the braid.)
8. Repeat on the other side.
Thank you so much, Reagan! This would be perfect for Valentine's Day or night out with friends; it's so relaxed and beautiful.

P.S. 14 more hair tutorials...

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. Styling and modeling by Reagan Baker of Hairdresser on Fire)

118 comments:

Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} said...

Lovely! So delicate :)

Amanda Swann said...

Dangit that's cute! I'm always looking for something fun since my primary hair style is a bun.

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Caroline | Wild Folk Studio said...

i love the half-up braided crown. seems much more doable than the full braided crown, and it's a bit sexier.

Jada said...

Oh! I always love doing my hair like that. Just so lovely :)

ale norris said...

as someone who usually air dries her hair, i appreciate the messy-ness of this style! looks great and is very doable.

Angelica said...

i love doing my hair like this! you always have the best, easiest to follow hair tutorials, joanna :)

Lou said...

I love this, it looks so pretty and easy to do.

Lou

www.thekeypieces.co.uk

Elizabeth said...

oh I LOVE this!

Amie said...

This is soooo pretty!! Love it!

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Amanda Wagner said...

This lady has lovely hair, but I would not consider it curly!!

Mariam said...

I'm going to have to agree with you. That's definitely not curly hair, even if it is very pretty!

Sarah said...

Super pretty hair, but no way that is curly hair... maybe slightly messy straight hair? vaguely wavey?

Nomadic D. said...

So pretty! I wish I had those natural waves in my stick straight hair! But this is a great option for straight-haired gals too. Although, mine's way too short now to even think about fancy things like this...

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donnieleesuits said...

Love her hair and tutorial. But I have to agree with some of the other comments. That is not curly. Where do we send in our hair pics? I can show you curly hair :)

urbnfemme said...

This is so pretty! It makes me wish my hair would hold a curl. It also makes me want to keep my long hair for a while yet before chopping it off!

Dani said...

So chic and beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I want to curl my hair just to try this out.

anne taylor said...

I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing. These photos are gorgeous.

___ said...

Pretty but not curly ;)

Kristina said...

This is a cute look!! I have straight hair but will probably try it anyway ;)

Kristina

Kristina does the Internets

___ said...

Pretty but not curly ;)

Delba Cristina said...

Yep, I'd say her hair is more wavy than curly. it'll be nice to see some real curly tutorials. But anyways, these tutorials are lovely, I'm pinning them to when I use my hair straight! :)

rachael said...

Obsessed with this! Can't wait to try it!

Anna said...

Reagan cut my hair recently! Love her and her blog.

Becca - Rebecca Atwood Designs said...

Oh I love this! Such a romantic hair style.

Ruby Sterland said...

Beautiful hair! Definitely going to try this :-) xx
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Heather Carson said...

tooooootally wearing my hair like this tomorrow.

xo - heather
This Life Is Yours Blog

Cary said...

i would try this on my daughter who has long wavy hair but in my truly curly hair braids just get lost, i've tried it.

Tracy Evelyn said...

gorgeous! i love this, definitely will use!

Jess said...

cute but her hair is definitely not curly! what i would give for straight hair like this that lays this flat....sigh ;)

In the Marginalia said...

Ohhhhh I loooove this!! ;) Great idea for greasy hair. ;)

-Lexy

CP and KW said...

i think that i could totally do this! thanks for the pretty tutorial
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Michelle said...

It is beautiful (as is most of the content here on this blog!), but it's definitely not a curly style. Braiding ringlets is pretty impossible

Nancy Cavillones said...

I have to agree with the other posters that while this girl has very pretty hair, it is not what I would call curly... :)

LeeLee said...

Love it. I'm going to try this tomorrow. :)

goldenbuttonshop said...

i love it! I have done two million versions of braided hair but never this one... well not since high school when romeo and juliet with claire Danes in the angel costume came out!

Danhiskka said...

Hahaha, I was going to say the same thing! My hair, curly and short, can hold up a box of pencils and several crayons, no way that is curly hair!

Tibs said...

What a gorgeous hair! Wish mine was even just little bit like hers!

Bree TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Such a adorable hairstyle! I totally love it! Trying it out for sure tomorrow!

xoxo Bree
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H said...

Joanna I love when you do hair tutorials becuase you always highlight styles that I've either always wanted to try but didn't know how, or that I've never even heard of but are so beautiful just the same!

Vale Cervarich said...

Ha! Glad you guys wrote in - I saw the photos and was wondering if it was a joke!

Jen said...

Oh, gosh - thank goodness I'm not alone! My hair looks like that *after* I iron it (but frizzier, LOL).

Very pretty though! Can't wait for my hair to get that long again...

Gudie said...

Thanks for the curly hair love! :) so pretty.

Hollan said...

Yay!! Just yesterday or the day before I had thought while looking through your tutorials, 'Man! I wish she'd do something for curly hair!'

Thanks for reading my mind, Jo! xx

Sarah D said...

pretty. But, if you are going to offer ideas for curly hair, it might help to show a curly haired model... just a thought!

Emily Villanueva said...

her hair is lovely, but i want to know what her nail polish is!!! i love the dark, dusty, not-quite-forest green shade, & i MUST have it.

Jessica said...

Have to agree with all the above...that's a straight-haired girl's version of what curly hair is...Real curls are underrepresented everywhere. Nevertheless, lovely.

Emily said...

This is the first Cup of Jo hair tutorial I actually want to try!

Rosa Shand said...

I will definitely be trying this! Thanks for the great tutorial! x

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zeeandthoseknees said...

yay for short hair tutorials! I look forward to them! x

n. said...

what lipstick is she wearing (the red) - love that shade!

CheCiara said...

This looks doable and oh so pretty. I'm totally going to give this a go for this week's date night at "Wreck it Ralph".
Ciara

Audrey said...

Same issue here: I appreciate the effort, and love the style (and your lovely friend!), but that is distinctly NOT curly hair. Curls come in all different kinds, on lots of kinds of gals, but that girl's hair is wavy. Not curly. (And if she does have curlier hair naturally, but altered it in order to obtain that hairstyle, it doesn't count as a curly style tutorial.)

isabel said...

i love it!!!! will try this this evening when i get home :)

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Victoria said...

It looks lovely. I wish I could get such lovely waves in my flat hair!

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Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

these are so pretty xxx

Lauren Gordon-Thomson said...

I love Reagan's HDOF, what a small world this is.

Lovely, as always.

Lauren x
Gordon + Gold

oneoblivion.com said...

Love it!!1It's so hippie style!! :)

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Megan Gutierrez said...

I have been looking for some more hairstyle inspiration. Thanks for sharing (great pictures, they are really helpful)!!

I followed you on bloglovin...would love to have you follow me as well.

xoxo, Meg

www.willwork4cupcakes.blogspot.com

Dea sy said...

Beautyful hair model :)
i want to collect in my Tablet PC

Marianne Santee said...

Love Reagan! She cuts my hair!

Michele said...

Wow, this is sooo cute and looks really easy. Great for every day wearing. Thanks for sharing :)

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Amanda said...

Agreed.

Paige Elizabeth said...

Love the tutorial. And your friend has gorgeous wavy hair. :)

sumslay said...

While I'm still laughing at the idea of this being "curly" hair, I do love this tutorial and will be trying it (since I have straight hair and, like Reagan, can use a curling tool). I am excited to try it!

Paige Elizabeth said...

Love the tutorial. And your friend has gorgeous wavy hair. :)

bisbee said...

I see a lot agree with me - that is FAR from curly hair! Mine is curlier than that after I blow it out straight.

Suzanne Lewis said...

Yeah... definitely not curly hair. Straight hair with waves, yes. Curly, not at all.

Melissa Blake said...

So pretty!!

katie said...

that is definitely not curly hair, but the braid is nice.

Stephanie said...

AGREED! Lovely look, but this is wavy hair not curly!!

Elise said...

Beautiful tutorial but I agree with a lot of people, that is not curly hair. If that's considered curls I don't even want to think of what my hair would be considered, lol!

Elise said...

Beautiful tutorial but I agree with a lot of people, that is not curly hair. If that's considered curls I don't even want to think of what my hair would be considered, lol!

Unknown said...

I think the hairstyle is lovely- but as many say, not for curly hair. I think Reagan could model a style that would be nice for curly hair, but if someone with curly hair attempted this style, it would be hard to get the braid to lay flat, and the amount of volume would likely give it a funny shape. The tricky (and fun) thing about curly hair is that you have to think about it in more dimensions because it doesn't just have length but also a very three dimensional shape.
I do really appreciate the idea of having curly and short hairstyles though!

Laura Ryan said...
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Joanna Banach said...

So nice that I have to try on myself!love it

Allyson said...

I was thinking the exact same thing. Her hair is barely even wavy... definitely not curly! I suppose this hairstyle could work on people with tight curls (like me!) but it wouldn't look like hers at all.

Street Fashion Paris said...

Beautiful braid!!! I love it very much!!!

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Bianca Grogan said...

I have always loved that style but need tried it. I think I will soon! www.shopperstherapy.blogspot.com

Isabell said...

That´s so pretty! especially since your hair is getting more lighten at the ends.
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inspirationlush.com said...

This is a super cute look! Thanks for the tutorial :)

xo,
Jamie

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Arielle said...

Agreed - this is pretty much dream hair. This is what my hair looks like after I blow it out, straighten it, then using a curling iron. Nice try though. Sigh...

andreea said...

Love this one.. been doing a variation of it for awhile now, but excited to try this version at the nape of my neck!

Damaris Chamorro said...

Beautiful!

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Naomi said...

Pretty but definitely NOT curly!

Marina Esmeraldo said...

Yes! A lovely tutorial but definitely not curly hair. This is, at most and stretching it very far, wavy hair. ;) Curly hair is curly from the root! And it forms actual curls and spirals, not open waves. Also, unfortunately, it frizzes a lot...

Nanananataleee said...

Yep, my thoughts exactly. Do you have any friends with curlier hair? Because those are definitely waves, and the style would look quite different on a super curly girl.

Sydney said...

My daughter had tight ringlet curls as a little girl but her hair is down to her waist now so because it's heavy it waves like Reagan's hair with curls at the ends. This style will be perfect for her hair. Reagan is very pretty and that style suits her well.

Talía said...

It's looovely, but now show us reaaaal curly hair tutorias

Allegra LaViola said...

this is NOT CURLY HAIR.

Erin said...

Wavy hair- but still amazing! I love it. Might be my go-to style for a while :)

... said...

I love her nail polish too! I looked around a bit and the closest thing I saw was OPI's Ski Teal We Drop.

Hayley said...

I agree with many people above - this is a super pretty style, but definitely does not qualify as curly hair

...on a slightly related note, could you do some simple make-up tutorials? keep it simple, pretty, normal - nothing wild or requiring uncommon makeup supplies... geared at the make-up naive? would love that so much!

Chloe Strickland said...

I love this style! My hair is a bit thin and flat to work with full on milkmaid braids but this looks really simple and pretty, I'm off to give it a try!

evelyn eslava photography said...

LOVE IT!! I AM DOING THIS :)

Louise said...

uhhhhhhlala! BEAUTIFUL! Really, your hairstyle looks damn cute & perfect.

Much love
Louise

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goldfacedbetty.com said...

Great style, but all I want to know is what nail polish colour she is wearing!? haha

Maddy

sSo Lee said...

This is simple but so lovely

Maggie said...

I appreciate the effort to help out us curly-haired ladies, but, yeah, my curls definitely don't do this. They just laugh. Please don't give up on curly hair styles, though! I'd love to see what you can find. I'm also about to cut my hair, so short hairstyles (like pixie short!) would be a welcome change too! Keep up the good work!

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Clothes and Dreams said...

Thank you for this tutorial, it's just gorgeous! :D

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leblogdesalome said...

Really lovely! Thanks for this tutorial, I'll probably get this braid for summer ;)

Sheetal Bhatia said...

Thank you soo much regan for this tip really very helpful.. i was very tired with the same look for my hair and going to parlour every second day gets very tough for me.. thanks for the hair style tips

Kristianna said...

I've only "found" Cup of Jo recently, so am happy you posted this to Pinterest today. I love Reagan and her hair tips. She taught me how to flat iron, and that alone makes her a minor hero to me. :)
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Noor uz zaman said...

yes really very very good style i will adopt soon thanks mate
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Sanan .Tsaabo said...

I love your hair tutorials! They always give me enough courage to do them myself, but the models look like they have normal thick/thin hair. I have pretty thick hair and I was wondering if you maybe could make some tutorials for thick hair? These tutorials aren't quite working for my hair :/

Love them, anyway!:*

Hani Robert said...

I love it! Very Nice Braided Hairstyles for Little Black Girls

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