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Summer Festival Style: Wispy Braided Crown Tutorial

Loxa Beauty teamed up with CHI to bring you the ULTIMATE festival 'do inspiration - featuring, of course, the best of CHI! Read on for a how-to on the perfect wispy, boho-inspired braided crown look.

You will need:

  • Two clear elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • CHI Pliable Polish - This incredibly lightweight styling paste gives hair a high gloss finish with mirror like reflection. Formulated with thermal protectants and ionic technology, this styling product protects against heat and humidity while replenishing undernourished strands with the essential nutrients needed to revive dry, damaged strands.
  • CHI Infra Texture Dual Action Hair Spray - CHI Infra Texture Dual Action Hair Spray is a fast drying, buildable hairspray that delivers the perfect balance of lift, movement, texture and control.  The incredibly lightweight formula of this CHI hair spray can be layered without overwhelming strands with build-up or stickiness.
  • CHI Matte Wax - Bring lackluster locks back to life with the ultimate texturizing wax.  The flexible formula allows for sculpted styles that last all day without any stickiness or flakes. The result is a matte finish with a perfectly unpolished and natural texture.

Let's get started.

1. Prep hair by spraying a good amount of CHI Infra Texture Dual Action Hair Spray all over hair to add texture and hold.

2. Part hair down the middle.

3. Separate out a small section of hair at the hairline and work CHI Pliable Polish through the strands. (This section will wrap around the face and ears, so the polish will add smoothness.)

4. Divide the rest of your hair into two sections, leaving out a small section at the front. Don't worry about a straight part - this look is all about messy-chic.

5. Starting from the nape of your neck, French braid one section of hair up from the neck. Once you've incorporated all the hair, braid the hair to the end, then tie it with a clear elastic.

braided crown

6. Repeat step 5 with the other section of hair.

7.  Take the end of one braid and wrap it around your head, ending behind the opposite ear. Secure it against your head with a bobby pin or two.

8. Repeat step 7 with the other braid.

9. Now take the hair you left out of the braid in step 4. Divide into two pieces (on either side of your part), and wrap each back behind your head, pinning them at the nape of your neck.

braided crown

braided crown

10. Rub some CHI Matte Wax all over your braids to give your 'do a distressed, wispy look and texture.

braided crown

braided crown

To hold this look in place, spray all over again with CHI hairspray. This CHI spray will keep your 'do in place all day and all night.

Now you're ready to face festival season! For a wispier look, gently pull at each braid to make them fatter and messier.

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