As promised, here is my post on how to construct that Heidi-like crown braid that's been popular for the past few seasons on both runways and street style alike. I got a lot of compliments on the look (thanks guys!) and while it looks pretty intricate, with a little patience and a bit of arm strength it is really quite simple to do. To begin: 1. Separate your hair loosely into two parts down the middle. If you have bangs or shorter layers consider leaving these out and curling with a curling iron, it creates a much softer finished look
2. Put one side in a ponytail for now, we will come back to it
3. Starting from the nape of your neck on the other side, begin to make a Dutch braid. A Dutch braid is just a regular French braid, but instead of braiding the two side strands over the middle strand as you do in a regular French braid, now you want to braid the two side strands UNDER the middle strand. This is what gives the crown braid it's "raised" look. Pick up pieces of hair on either side as you go, and try to follow that natural line of your hair as you braid up towards the top of your head. See pic below for visual ;)
4. Once you've finished that braid, tie it off with a ponytail holder or small elastic band
7. To achieve a messier, looser look, gently pull on the strands of your braids to give them volume and make them look a bit undone
8. The last step is easy! Take the first braid you did and tuck it under the beginning of the second braid, securing with bobby pins. Do the same with the second braid on the other side. Spray with a little hair spray for security and voila - DIY crown braid success.