If the halo crown braid has only ever belonged in your ‘for red carpet, not real life, too-hard hair basket,’ it’s time to rethink your braid game. First off, forget about trying to nail the Dutch braid. Yes really. “People get really overwhelmed by the under-over technique of inside-out braiding,” says Natalie Anne,  for Schwarzkopf. “The way I do a halo braid is just like a regular plait, but with one little twist, and it’s much easier to do to yourself.” Here she shows how to create the look step by step, with GRAZIA Market Editor, Pia Muehlenbeck. 


Video credit: E. Michael Wolf 

Step One To create a base of body and hold, prep hair with Schwarzkopf Dry Shampoo Refresh & Style
Step Two Create clean centre part and section one side off with a clip
Step Three Take a small triangular piece of hair at the nape of neck
Step Four Split it into three strands and begin a classic plait, taking the right strand over the centre, and the left strand over the centre
Step Five Take a slice of hair from the part line to nape of the neck, and add it to the right section only
Step six Plait normally, taking the right strand over the centre, and the left strand over the centre
Step seven Repeat steps five and six, plaiting around the hairline
NATALIE-ANNE’S TIP Remember to only add hair to the right side and you will see a Dutch-style, inside-out braid begin to form
Step eight Once you reach your starting point, continue to plait the remaining hair and secure with elastic
Step nine Sprinkle the plait and around the braid with Schwarzkopf Extra Care Instant Volume Powder, to make it more malleable. Pull it apart slightly to soften for an ethereal look
Step ten Tuck the plait up and underneath the halo braid and bobby pin in place
Natalie-Anne’s TIP “Rather than separating the bobby pins, slide them straight into the braid closed, this will allow for more control and less pulling on the braid”
Step eleven To soften the look, loosen out some face framing strands of hair
Natalie Anne’s Tip “Use a tail comb for this step to ensure you don’t pull at the braid”
Step twelve Spray all over with Schwarzkopf Extra Care Strong Styling Hairspray Maximum Hold
Natalie Anne’s Tip “If your hair is fine or super dark, you can dust some matte brown eye shadow along your part line to defuse the contrast between your hair and scalp”.


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MOTION: E. Michael Wolf  (SHOOT)
TALENT: Pia Muehlenbeck
HAIR: Natalie Anne for SCHWARZKOPF
MAKEUP: Elsa Morgan