How to: Braided Headband Tutorials

Lorie Knickle September 03, 2020

Are you looking for a unique style to freshen your look? A braided headband adds a fun twist to an everyday look and is surprisingly easy to pull off! We’re showing you how to get the look two ways. Follow along with Celebrity Stylist Cindy Duplantis for a six-braid coloured headband, or try a two-braid headband with Chatters Stylist Cia Hurlburt. 

Braided Headband

In order to create braids that are long enough to criss-cross over the top of your head, these braided headband tutorials work best on longer hair. If your hair is a bit too short, try extensions! Hair Affair clip-in extensions can be applied at home (hair extension application tutorial here) and can add length and fullness to help your style. 


 Let's Talk Products

To get started on creating your braided headband, the following products will help make your task a little easier.

heat protectant
Heat Protection: If you plan to use hot hair tools in addition to your braid, you’ll want to use heat protection. Try Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant for protection up to 450 degrees F. Heat protection acts like an oven mitt for your strands, so that the heat from your tools gives you style without damaging your hair.
Texture Sprays Texture Powder for Braided Headband Texture Spray or Texture Powder: Try Joico Beach ShakeBody Shake or Hair Shake or Design.Me Puff.Me. Joico’s Shakes are sprays, while Design.Me Puff.Me is a powder in a spray pump.
Hairspray for Braided Headband hairspray for braided headband

Hairspray: Try Joico JoiMist Firm Finishing Spray or Design.Me Hold.Me Three Ways

Temporary hair colour for braided headband Temporary hair colour for braided headband Temporary Colour: If you’d like to add a splash of colour to your braids, try Kerachroma Coloured Dry Shampoo or KMS Style Color Sprays. KMS Style Color Sprays come in various colours, so you can really play to suit your mood! They have really great coverage, so even if your hair is darker they will still colour your hue.

Bobby Pins

Clear Elastic for Braided Headband

Clear, thin elastic hair ties such as the Invisibobble Basic Crystal Clear 


Braided Headband with 6 Braids

First up, let’s try Cindy’s six-braid coloured headband! With the addition of temporary colour, this look would be perfect at a festival. If you’re not into colour, no worries! Simply skip the temporary colour spray and rock this style au naturel. Be sure to follow through to the end of the tutorial where Cindy takes the half-up braid and turns it into a full updo. Perfect for those sweltering hot days when you really want to get your hair up off your neck and forehead. Let’s check it out!

  1. Create 2 sections of hair, one behind your ears, the other in front. Clip away the back section to keep it out of the way for now.
  2. Next create 6 braids between your ears, over the top of your head. Start your sections by your natural part line or by creating a centre part and then braid each side into 3 braids for 6 total.
  3. Make sure when you braid your sections to leave a couple of centimetres loose at the end and fasten with a thin elastic. 
  4. Using Design.Me Puff.Me, pump product along each braid. This will help with Step 5 and give great grip and texture.
  5. Starting from the elastic end, begin lightly pulling out sections of the braid, all the way up to the beginning of the braid. This relaxes the braid, fattening it and giving texture.
  6. Here’s where you can add in some fun colour if you like! For this step you’ll want to cover up with an old towel, sheet or styling cape, to protect your clothes while you spray. A small towel can also be used to put under each braid as you spray, to avoid your face becoming part of the design. This is the fun part! Time to get creative and play with colour. Cindy has chosen to use a rose gold colour and a blue colour. Other fun pairings could include blue and green theme for a mermaid look, or pinks and purples for a romantic feel. The possibilities are endless! Spray your braids until they are nicely covered in your chosen hues and let dry. Don't forget to wash your hands once you're done! Check out the KMS Style Color range and Kerachroma ColorMeClean Dry Shampoo.
  7. Let your coloured braids dry completely before the next step.
  8. You're now going to criss-cross the braids, from left to right, using bobby pins to secure at the ends. Get creative, place the braids where you like them best. Don't worry about any ends that stick up, you can tuck in as needed later.
  9. Once you're happy with your criss-cross look, take out the back section of your hair. You can leave this as a natural look or style as you desire. Textured waves pair really well with the braided headband. Simply curl with a curling iron or flat iron and add texture spray, such as Joico Beach Shake Texturizing Spray.
  10. Spray lightly with hairspray, remembering to touch on any little pieces that were sticking up to hold them in place.

    Want to take your braided look to the next level? Take this style all the way up with a few more braids!

    1. Add 4 more braids at the back, 2 on either side below the ear.
    2. Follow steps 3 - 8, then cross around the back of the head, fastening with your bobby pins. Finish with hairspray and voila!
    This style serves up major festival vibes. Since I’m writing this during the summer of 2020, (forever noted in history as the summer of the coronavirus pandemic) I can’t wait for future festivals and fairs. This will definitely be my go-to look! Until then, I’ll rock this look in my living room.


    Braided Headband with 2 Braids

    Now let’s try the 2 braid version with Cia!

    Braided Headband

    1. Cia’s braided headband starts with curls. Spray a heat protectant on your strands and curl with a 1” curling iron. Cia is using the Hot Tools Curl Bar.
    2. Break up curls with your fingers and spray with a texture spray to build body and fullness. One to try: Joico Beach Shake Texturizing Spray.
    3. Section hair just above your ears and create two braids, one on each side of your head. Apply texture powder or spray to help the braids stay in place. One to try: Joico Hair Shake Spray – a liquid spray that turns to powder.
    4. Wrap each braid up and over, pinning in place on the opposite side of your head.
    5. Spritz with hairspray to hold in place. One to try: Joico JoiMist Firm Finishing Spray.
    6. If you want to add a little extra, place accessories or embellishments in your headband. Cia chose some cute flower adornments.


    Loving these fun looks! And they're so versatile. The braided headband would look great on casual days: heading back-to-school, a shopping date with friends, or brunch, but could also be dressed up for more formal date nights and events. Or, really play it up and wear to a festival by adding colour, sparkles or embellishments. How will you wear your braided headband? Have fun rocking these looks!


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