Hair Brained: Easy Reverse Crown Braid in 15 Minutes

By Brittni • posted on 08/29/2023

If you know how to braid (regular run-of-the-mill braids), you can do this crown braid in 15 minutes or less!

Brunette facing a white wall, with a low crown braid updo, wearing a navy blue dress

I always thought crown braids were too intricate and time consuming for me to try on my own. After all, I almost always have my hair in a bun. But after I learned this braiding technique, it quickly became my new go-to! Why?

Aside from it looking cute, the main reason I love this crown braid so much? It’s EASY and quick. 

Some people call this hairstyle a reverse crown braid and others just call it a regular crown braid. So, I guess I’m not sure what the technical term would be for this hairstyle.

BUT one thing I would call this braiding technique? Pretty and sophisticated, but with an effortless, and maybe even a little artsy, vibe.

Click through for the easy hair tutorial.

After doing some quick research, I noticed there are quite a few crown braid hairstyles out there. But many of them are just too complicated for me.

So, if you’re on the same page, the crown braid I’m sharing today might just be the one you’ve been looking for.

If you know how to braid (completely normal braids – nothing fancy), you can do this in about 15 minutes!

Back of brunette woman's head, that shows an intricate braided hair style

How to do a Crown Braid 

1. Add texture and section hair.

Start with curled or wavy hair for texture. 

Then, section hair into three sections

2. Braid each section.

Next, braid each of the three sections (loosely).

Woman braiding her hair to create a reverse crown braid

3. Add texture powder and spread braids.

Sprinkle each braid with texture powder (we like Sexy Hair Volumizing Texture Powder).

After that, spread each braid apart so that they are loose and slightly messy.

4. Twist and pin.

Twist the middle braid and pin into a low, loose bun.

Ironic that there is still a bun involved in this do, despite the fact that I’m trying to get away from buns and try something new.

BUT it’s hardly visible, so it doesn’t count if you ask me.

Woman twisting her hair into a bun with a braid

5. Cross over and pin.

Cross each side section over the back bun section and pin.

Finish with hairspray if needed.

Woman pinning her braids into a low crown braid updo

Step by step instructions for creating a crown braid (hair tutorial)

Will every hair type and length work for a crown braid?

I’ve discovered that this is one of those hairstyles that will look good on pretty much anyone. AND doesn’t look like you’re trying to hard. Which I’m always partial to.

The only hair requirement for this crown braid?

Your hair will need to be at least a little past your shoulders in length. So, it won’t work for everyone – shoulder length hair is the only requirement.

Reverse crown braid in 15 minutes (hair tutorial)

Woman with brown hair with a reverse crown braid, wearing a dress

 Photography and hair by Rachel Brewer
Styling and modeling by Brittni Mehlhoff 

Even more fall hairstyle ideas can be found here. Think you’ll give this reverse crown braid a try?

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I really liked this braided hairstyle.


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Awesome wellwellgirls! Happy to hear that.


i tried this yesterday when i am hanging out with my friends.
my friends said that it was pretty
and i just love it


Thanks Monique. Glad you like it.


Absolutely beautiful!

Monique | WritingMonique

Thanks Paige. 🙂


This braid looks gorgeous! I can’t wait until my hair grows out a little longer so I can start doing more fabulous braids like this!



Thanks Chelsea!


I love this! Can’t wait for my hair to be long enough to get into these braids!

Chelsea F.

Awesome, Michelle. I think this braid would be great for curly hair!


Wow, I love it! I am always searching for ways to tame my curly hair on bad hair days, and your idea seems perfect for that. Thank you!

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