The 12th Annual Glamour Woman of the Year Awards were held on Monday night, and plenty of stars flocked to the red carpet, wearing some fun and fabulous outfits. Girl-band-of-the-moment, Little Mix, caught everyone’s attention with their coordinating red outfits, but it was Perrie’s cute braided hairstyle that really stood out for us. The pretty, romantic style looked lovely with her long, red ball gown; but we think it would look just as good with denim shorts and a cropped tee. Here at the HQHair office we’ve had a go at recreating this braided crown, read on to find out how we did it…
Lauren kindly volunteered to be the hair model for this tutorial, and as you can see she has lovely long blonde hair quite similar to Perrie’s, however to give it some extra length and volume we’ve added some clip-in hair extensions. If you’ve been on the HQHair website recently, you’ll have noticed we now stock Beauty Works extensions. These luxurious extensions are all super-high quality Remy hair and they’re a popular choice for the likes of Michelle Keegan, Abbey Clancy and Nicole Scherzinger. They’re perfect for creating super glamorous, Hollywood hair, but they’re also ideal for bulking up braids and updos like this one.
1. Start with brushing your hair to get rid of any knots and tangles. Braided styles like this one usually work best on slightly dirty hair as it has more grip and it’s easier to work with. But if you have just washed your hair, simply spray a texturising spray through the lengths, we like the Label.M Texturising Volume Spray (£12.50).
2. This is the where we add the hair extensions (if you don’t want to use extensions just skip this step!). Divide your hair across the back of your head from just above your ears, spray a little hairspray at the roots – we used Nioxin Regular Hold Spray (13.50) – and clip in your hair extensions. It’s worth playing around with the position of your extensions and working out where they fit best on your head to give you the most length whilst still being hidden – since all your hair will be styled it doesn’t matter if the extensions are perfectly even! In our example we used two medium sized strips of hair and clipped them in at a slight angle, so that they would flow easily in to the two plaits.
3. Now we need to divide the hair into two equal bunches. Use your fingers to separate your hair roughly down the middle and secure the two pieces with an elastic hair-tie just behind your ears. Leave a few strands of hair loose at the front of your head. Don’t try and make the parting really neat, it needs to be a bit relaxed and uneven to fit with the boho vibe of this style; plus if you’re wearing extensions you need to keeps the clips hidden, so don’t pull the hair too tight or the weft will be exposed. It’s a good idea to check the back of your head in the mirror at this stage and make sure the top of the extensions are covered with your own hair.
4. Start with one of the bunches; take a small but long strand of hair and wrap it around the hair tie a couple of times to cover it; then replace the end back with the rest of the ponytail. Divide the ponytail into three sections and braid it all the way to the end. With one hand holding on to the end of the plait, use your other hand to go back along the braid and gently pull on the outside pieces to loosen it. Don’t worry if a few strands come out of the braid – this all helps with the relaxed look of the hairstyle. When you are happy with how the braid looks, fasten it with a small hair tie and spray some hairspray on it to keep it in place.
5. Repeat step 4 on the other side.
6. Take one of the braids and lift it up over your head, use hairgrips to secure the braid around your hairline. It’s best to use hair pins that match your hair colour, so that they blend in, and try to push the pins in under the braid so they will be hidden. Do the same with the other side, allowing the braids to cross over on the top of your head.
7. Tuck the ends of the braids underneath the chunkier part of the opposite braid, so that the hair ties will be hidden, and fasten with a couple of hair grips.
8. Once you’re happy with how the braids look, spray some more hairspray all over your hair to set the style.
9. If you want to, you could use a curling tong or wand to curl the loose strands of hair at the front.
What do you think? Will you be trying this braided crown hairstyle? We think it’s perfect for so many occasions; from prom to beach to weekend shopping!
If you do, be sure to send us a pic via Instagram or Twitter – you’ll find us at @hqhair
*Image source: metro.co.uk, ok.co.uk and twitter.com/GlamourMagUK