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The Braided Crown: A Royal Updo for Long Hair

A soft, Grecian-inspired updo.

This elegant Grecian-inspired crown is a perfect updo for a wedding or black-tie soiree. It's soft, romantic, and endlessly feminine.

Get the Look

New York City stylist and L'Oréal Professionnel artist Amit Abraham says to start this style by creating a French braid behind one of the ears and work across the top towards the other ear. Remember to always pull from the front of your hair, feeding the front hairline into the back as you braid.

Add a touch of whimsy by adding flowers to your braid, or pull out some small pieces of hair just above the ears for a more relaxed feel. For special events, leave out face-framing layers and gently curl them away from the face with a curling wand or iron. Spray your curls with a light hold hairspray once they cool.

Pro Tip

Abraham says this is one style you'll want to leave up to the professionals "Some updos are great to do at home," he says, but this isn't one of them. "There's something to be said about going into the salon and getting your hair done," he says. "Not only will it look better, but you'll feel better...pampered even." Abraham says not to forget that your hairdresser shouldn't just be there when you finally schedule that haircut you've been needing: "Your hairdresser is there to be your personal glam squad all year long. Don't be afraid to go in and ask for a blowout or get your hair done up like this."

 

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