How to create a Braided Headband: Tutorial


Hey gals! Today’s blog post was inspired by a lot of the styles I’ve seen out there where there is a braid in the front going almost over the head.   I’ve played around with starting on either side of the head but for this style I chose to start on the side with less hair. To be honest, because you are essentially doing a Dutch braid, I didn’t find that it mattered much as you will just have extra hair when you are done either way. If you have really long hair, you can take the braid and wrap it all the way around your head, pinning the bottom underneath where you started instead of pinning it underneath the bun like I did. I totally love the way this came out with my hair color, since my hair is blonder the further down it goes. Basically when I braid it like this, the blonde color differentiates from the roots, giving the headband further distinction.

SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Final

SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Final Top

Braid Bar Box

As with most of my posts, you will be able to execute this look with the right tools, all of which are sold on my site, in the Braid Bar Box. Use the dry shampoo to get some grippiness to the hair, and also to keep your hair from looking greasy. You’ll need at least one clear plastic elastic, a handful of good grippy bobby pins, and one larger ponytail holder (unless you have thinner hair, and then you can use the clear elastics for the bun too. As always, the rattail comb is particularly convenient to have on hand. All of the sprays have UV protection, and with braids such as this one, it’s a great way to give that hair some sun care.

Creating a Messy Bun

Messy buns are very hard to explain in pictures, so if and when I start video tutorials, I will absolutely start out with a messy bun so that you guys can see. In any case, the real trick is to set it up like a ponytail, but instead of pulling the ends all the way through, create another loop in the elastic over the whole knot. Then, use some bobby pins and hairspray to play around with how big and even or messy you want it to be. I’ve seen some tutorials where girls take the two sides of the knot and attach them, sort of making a donut shape. Of course, it’s your choice how you want it to look, but my preference is to use more bobby pins to just shape as you go.

How to Create a Braid Headband Tutorial Step-by-step (with Pictures)

  1. Use a fishtail comb to separate out the front half of your head which will be used for the braid headband. If you have lots of layers, you may find you need to separate out more for this part so that the braid can be a bit longer.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 1
  2. Clip up the separated out section as you will be starting with the messy bun.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 2
  3. To create more volume in the back, lightly tease the hair in small sections, skipping the front-most section and working backwards.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 3
  4. Gather up the hair into a loose ponytail.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 5
  5. Create the messy bun using the method above.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 5
  6. Use bobby pins to shape the bun and collect any stray hairs from the back.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 6
  7. Hairspray the back so that it will hold.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 7
  8. Unclip the front. Starting on one side of your head, take a small horizontal section of hair.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 8
  9. Separate out the hair into three equal parts.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 9
  10. Execute a Dutch braid, but only add in more hair to the front section (the one closest to your forehead) and be sure that each time you add in hair, you are adding the entire width of the section (front to back).
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 10
  11. Continue adding hair and braiding all the way across your head.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 11
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 11
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 11
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 11
  12. When you can’t add anymore hair, continue the braid to the end and attach a small clear elastic band.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 12
  13. Add width and volume to the braid by gently pulling out the sections of the braid. If your hair is too clean, spray the braid first with hairspray.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 12
  14. Take the end of the braid and wrap it around the back of your head. Tuck the end of it underneath the hair gathered into a bun, and pin it underneath.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Step 14
  15. Spray the whole head lightly and your look is complete!
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Final
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Braided Headband Final Top