Wide Braided Headband

I was lucky to be doing this cute young ladies hair a few weeks back and she was nice enough to let me take pictures for a tutorial as we did her hair. Some of my favorite people are red heads! I love a beautiful good head of red hair. Much like blonds you can really see the hairstyle a little better than you can in darker hair. This style is no exception. It just looks fantastic on this little cutie.

This tutorial is for a wide headband. If you can do a wide 11 strand braid, great... don't. When you do the wide headband with an 11 strand or bigger braid you end up with your starting spot thin and your finishing side chunky and HUGE and hard to hide. This tutorial is to show you an easier way to do this look and finish it balanced on both sides so that the headband is balanced in the finished look.
We started with clean, dry hair for this style. Brush through the hair to get any snarls out of the way. This little gal has great snarl free hair, super hair to work with. Also let me note that this style has to be done on longer hair like my model. It is not going to work in short hair. You will see why as we finish the tutorial.
Your first braid will be around the perimeter closest to the forehead.I part out a section at the top of the ears. Make sure you have enough hair to work with for braiding. This will be different for thicker or thinner hair.

Start your first braid, a dutch braid, across the head like a headband. If you start on the right side your second braid will start from the opposite or left side. It will be thin to start, but it will thicken up in the right spots. Try to keep your braid as close to the front, forehead, as you can while you braid.
Braid past the end ofter you run out of hair. That won't show at the end, but it will be nice to have to tuck over your other braids.
Part out the next braid and secure the back hair out of the way. With this section I went behind the ear. You don't want to go much farther back than that spot. It stops looking like a headband and starts looking like a hat real fast, This is a headband.
Dutch braid starting on the opposite side you did for your other braid.
Now your hair should look like this. Two braids going opposite directions. We've done this before up to this point in past tutorials, but this is for a wide headband. And there in no better way to make that happen than to cover the parts in the middle and the back for your two dutch braids. Then it will look like a headband and not two braids.
from behind the ear take out a section of hair to braid. I like to braid this standard braid with the hair directed (pulled) over the head so I don't get a bump in the bottom of the braid.
This is a thin braid, so I puffed out some of the braid by pulling out the braids pancaking them just a little.
Then I did it to the dutch braid as well so that it all flows nicely once we put it all together.
Now with one side of the standard braid pull it up and over to cover that middle part. You will secure this with bobby-pins where ever it is needed.
Take the other braid from the other side and cover that back part line.
It should look like this at this point. Now if you want to curl the hair this is a good point before you anchor those braids under the back of the hair. We wanted curly for what we were doing.
Once you've curls or finished you back however you want you will just lift the hair underneath and secure those down braids with bobby-pins. This will make the braid look like it finishes as a headband.... and that was the goal!
And you are left with a super beautiful wide headband that is balanced on both sides. This really is the best way to make a wide headband hairstyle. Make sure non of your bobby-pins can be seen, but use them to your advantage to make sure this is tightly secured. Isn't she just one of the most beautiful girls! This is one of my Beans very best friends and we just adore her! Thanks for letting me do your hair Little Red.

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