How to Do a Tiara Braid

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The tiara braid combines the classic base of two braided pigtails with the fairytale mystique of a fancier braid. Other names for this fanciful style and its variations include "headband braid." The tiara braid requires basic braiding skills and some clever hair pin maneuvering to hold the hair securely in place. This style also looks elegant when topped with a few small flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine-toothed comb
  • 2 non-elastic hair ties
  • 12 hair pins
  • Brush your entire head and separate two 3-inch sections of hair above your ears. Clip these small sections to your scalp.

  • Unclip the first side and divide it into three sections, A, B and C. Braid straight out and away from your scalp to help create a overarching tiara look.

  • Braid the three sections of hair, starting below the ear by overlapping A with B, and B with C. Secure a small non-rubber hair elastic around the first small braid and repeat the process with the other section of clipped hair. The middle or majority of your hair should still remain free flowing.

  • Pull the left braid up over the crown of the head. Secure the bottom of the plait to the scalp with a hair pin on each side every few inches.

  • Overlap the second braid with the pinned one, creating a tiara. Repeat step six and secure the second braid in place. Tuck the end of the second braid under the first and secure its place with a few pins. Tucking the ends under each other helps achieve a unified appearance rather than two individual pleats pinned together.

  • Brush the flowing hair between the two braids very gently at the bottom. Harsh brushing or combing close to the braids could loosen the pins.

Tips & Warnings

  • Braid unwashed hair. Freshly shampooed locks slip easily and don't pin well to the scalp.
  • Cover the spot where the braids overlap with a few small flowers or decorate bow.

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