How To Do Halo Braids for Black Hair + 5 Best Crown Braids Hairstyles

Halo braids for black hair is a dreamy and feminine hairstyle that you often see on proms, weddings, runways, and red carpets. It is also the same hair statement popularized by Frida Kahlo and worn by Princess Leia in the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. But as intricate and as sophisticated as halo braids for black hair may look, it is actually simple, fast, and easy to recreate!

If you are one of the thousands wondering how to do your own halo or crown braids on black hair, then you came exactly at the right place. In this article, I will not only teach you how to do it your own, but I will also show you some gorgeous goddess halo braids black hair inspirations. So what are you waiting for? Prepare your self and ready your hairstyling tools. Let’s get it on!

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More About Halo Braids For Black Hair

woman on the street wearing halo braids for black hair and formal dress

Halo braids for black hair is a type of braid that somehow resembles the look of an angel’s halo. In this hairstyle, the weaved hair seamlessly contours the hairline near the forehead, goes to the back of the ears and circles down the nape. Most often, stylists use dutch french braids to create halo braids. But you can also use dutch fishtail braids for black hair

Halo braids are also called crown braids on black hair because of the way it looks. Others even refer to it as goddess halo braids black hair because this hairstyle is often worn by goddess figures and characters. 

Origin of Crown Braids on Black Hair

There is no clear origin of halo braids for black hair. That said, it is believed that this hairstyle already existed in Ancient Greece. Women at that time wear crown braids with flowers not only as a symbol of wealth and social status but also as a rite of passage. In the medieval era, women wore halo braids for black hair to avoid being called witches and heretics. 

Function of Goddess Halo Braids Black Hair

While the majority of women nowadays prefer to wear goddess halo braids black hair to look stunningly beautiful, those with 3c and 4c hair types can also wear crown braids on black hair as a protective hairstyle. Like locs, twists, and bubble braids black hair, halo braids tuck away hair in order to minimize the exposure to environmental stressors that cause breakage and damage. 

Since crown braids are made with either a single long braid or two short braid strands, it has less tension to hair roots compared to locs or box braids.

Who Can Wear Halo Braids for Black Hair?

The great thing about halo braids for black hair is it is suitable for all hair lengths and all hair types. You can do crown braids on black hair whether you have short, medium length or long hair. Goddess halo braids black hair also works on straight, wavy, curly, 3c and 4c hair. While the result may look different depending on your hair type, I can guarantee you that they are equally gorgeous. 

How To Do Halo Braids For Black Hair?

Now it is time to learn how to do crown braids on black hair! The process can vary a little depending on your hair length and hair texture. 

Step 1: Begin with hair care routine

Shampoo, condition, towel dry, air dry and blow dry your hair. Then, brush your hair thoroughly to remove the frizz and tangles.

Step 2: Prepare your hair for styling

After completing your hair care routine, it is time to prepare your hair for styling. If you have straight to wavy hair type, apply leave-in conditioner and volumizing mousse to give your hair extra oomph. 3c and 4c hair type, use leave-in conditioner or light oil to moisturize your hair. 

Step 3: Section your hair

Once you are done preparing your hair, you can divide it into sections.

For straight to wavy hair types: Part your hair into two equal sections starting from the middle of your hairline near the forehead towards your nape. 

For 3c to 4c hair types: Divide your hair either into 2 or 4 sections. Depending on which is more convenient for you to work with. Part your hair vertically starting from the middle of your hairline near the forehead towards your nape. Then part your hair horizontally in line with the top of your ears. 

After parting your hair into sections, apply styling product around the forehead hairline, back of your ears and nape. Use a rat tail comb to smooth the baby hair and the edges inwards. This will provide you a clean and sleek looking finish.

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Step 4: Create your dutch braid

It is now time to create your dutch braid. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Begin in the middle part of the right section of your hair. 
  2. Get three equal hair strands, about 2 cm wide each. 
  3. Cross the right strand under the middle strands so it now becomes the new middle strand. 
  4. Then cross the left strand under the middle strand so it again becomes the new middle strand. 
  5. Continue alternating this process. 
  6. Remember that as you work your way down, add a small section of hair from the same side before you cross it under. This way, you can use all your hair to create a dutch braid. 
  7. After you braid all your hair, secure it with an elastic band. 

For short to medium length hair: For those with short to medium-length hair, create two symmetrical dutch braids from the forehead to the nape both on the right and left side.

For long hair: Instead of creating two symmetrical dutch braids on the right and left side, you are just going to create a long continuous dutch braid. Begin in the middle part of the right section of your hair going down the nape. After, shift your hands to the left side. You will continue making the dutch braids from the nape upwards going to the middle part of the left side. 

Step 4: Form the halo braid

Now that you created the dutch braid, you are ready to form the halo. 

For short to medium length hair: Tuck the ends of the two dutch braids in at the nape and secure it with bobby pins. 

For long hair: Wrap your head with the dutch braid. Tuck the end of the braid in and secure it with bobby pins. 

Step 5: Finish the halo braid

Check your crown braids on black hair. Use bobby pins to secure any loose ends or braids. Finish your goddess halo braids black hair with hair spray to make it last longer. 

How To Do Halo Braids For Black Hair With Faux Hair Extensions? 

If you have short to medium-length 3c or 4c hair type and you want to create a full halo braid for black hair, do not worry. You can still get this hairstyle with the help of faux hair extensions! To do this, you need to buy black expression hair. I will provide product recommendations below. But for now, here is how you can do halo braids for black hair with faux hair extensions:

  1. Begin with your hair care routine. Shampoo, condition, and dry your hair thoroughly.
  2. Prepare your hair for styling. Brush your hair to remove frizz and tangles. Apply leave-in conditioner or oil to moisturize your hair.
  3. Divide your hair into 4 sections. Vertically from the forehead to the nape and horizontally in line with the top or the bottom of the ear.
  4. Create the dutch braid starting behind the right ear. Make sure to lock your faux hair extension before you begin creating the dutch braid. See the instructions above on how to create dutch braid.
  5. Continue creating the dutch braid going down the nape, moving to the other side, and going upwards contouring the hairline near the forehead. Secure the end of the braid with elastic bands.
  6. Secure the halo braid with bobby pins. If you have a hairstylist, you can also ask them to secure by stitching.
  7. Finish your crown braids on black hair with hair spray to last longer.

For more detailed demonstration, watch the video below.

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Halo Braids For Black Hair Hairstyles

Classic Full Halo Braids For Black Hair With Gold Clips

Classic Full Halo Braids For Black Hair With Gold Clips
Photo from IG/adannamadueke

The simple, clean and classic full halo braids for black hair never goes out of style. I always recommend this especially for first-timers because it is very easy to do and it is perfect for everyday and special occasions.

If you want to add more character to your crown braids, you can also put gold clips for accent. With this hairstyle, you can look elegant both in a t-shirt or a cocktail dress.

Messy-Look Halo Braids For Black Hair

Messy-Look Halo Braids For Black Hair 2
Photo form IG/toya_lyn

I love braids that look messy and this goes the same for halo braids for black hair. If you are like me who wants to doll up but prefers the effortless vibe rather than the neat and sleek look, then go for this hairstyle.

I find this more flexible to wear on all occasions. The trick to do this is to loosen up the braids and pull some hair down near the ears and the nape. Voila! You are good to go from casual to formal real quick.

Halo Braids For Black Hair With Stitch Braids

Halo Braids For Black Hair With Stitch Braids
Photo from IG/pickmia_hairstyles

Like I said earlier, halo braids are not only worn for aesthetic purposes but also as protective hairstyles. Most of my previous clients who have 4c hair types love to combine their halo braids for black hair with stitch braids.

The beauty of this pairing is you get less frizz and more refreshing feel. This hairstyle can also last longer. That means, you can wear this goddess halo braids on more occasions!

Crown Braid on Black Hair with Tail

Crown Braid on Black Hair with Tail
Photo from IG/dmv_illest_beautystylist

This crown braid on black hair style is one of my favorites! I usually go for this look whenever I prefer an edgy style.

I usually wear this with a collared or turtle neck top. It allows me to frame my face better. I love how this hairstyle dilutes the girly vibe and transform it into a bolder hair statement.

Goddess Halo Braid Black Hair With Flower Pearls

Goddess Halo Braid Black Hair With Flower Pearls
Photo from IG/alexandraweddingsco

Wear your halo braids like a true goddess and accessorize those dutch plaits with flowers or pearls. There is no right or wrong way to adorn a halo braid. You can choose to be minimalist and you can also be lavish! This hairstyle is perfect for photoshoots and weddings.

Halo Braids For Black Hair FAQs

How long does your hair have to be to make halo braids black hair?

You can make halo braids for black hair whether you have short, medium-length, or long hair.

For those with short hair, you can tie your hair into a low-bun and attach a faux hair extension. Braid your natural hair with the faux hair extension and wrap around your head to make a halo.

If you have medium or shoulder length hair, you can create two symmetrical dutch braids on the right and left side of your hair sections. Then tuck the braids in at the nape to create a halo or crown braid on black hair.

For those with long hair, you will have no problem creating a full halo braids for black hair. You can make one continuous braid around your head.

How much does goddess halo braids black hair cost?

You can get goddess halo braids black hair for $45 to $80 dollars. The price varies depending on your preferred style.

How long does it take to make crown braids on black hair?

Crown braids on black hair are simple and easy to make. It takes about 10 to 30 minutes to create this hairstyle. It may take a little longer if you prefer to have intricate stitch braids pattern.

Where do you start halo braid for black hair?

The basic halo braid for black hair starts at the middle of the right section of your hair going down to the nape and around the left section. However, if you are using faux hair extensions, you can start at the back of the right ear or with your low bun at the nape.

Bottomline

It is time to level up your typical updos and wear your DIY halo braids for black hair! Whether you have short, medium-length, long, straight, wavy, curly, 3c or 4c hair, crown braids on black hair suits you well. The intricate dutch plaits elegantly frames your face and allows you to radiate your feminine charm. So next time your out, be it for a walk, work, intimate dinner date, or formal gathering, let your inner goddess come out with this hairstyle!

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Diana

Diana used to work as an Assistant Salon Manager in Los Angeles, CA before she started writing for Union of Barbers. With over 10 years of experience, she has tried hundreds of hair care products and has seen, styled, and treated all types of hair. Now, she shares all of the things she has learned in the hair industry and gives advice on everything about hair. When she’s not writing, you can find Diana at the beach on her yoga mat!

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