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I Learned How to Do a Crown Braid on YouTube

And it takes only five minutes.
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During the hot summer months, I don't want to deal with my hair sitting on my neck, and I definitely don't want to deal with the heat of blowdrying it.

Ponytails can get boring, and feel too casual for events like summer weddings, so I learned how to do a full crown braid thanks to this YouTube tutorial.

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I don't curl my hair first -- my hair is a pain in the ass to curl, and it's not worth the effort. Instead, I do this on second or third day hair with lots of dry shampoo for hold and salt spray for texture.  And since I have bangs, I keep those pulled to the front -- usually with a hair elastic or clip -- while I braid my hair to keep them from getting caught up.

I've become really fast at doing it, so it takes me under five minutes from start to finish, which means it's just as perfect for everyday as it is for events. 

I also think it looks better loose and messy, rather than tight as hers is, so I don't worry so much about getting it totally perfect. Once I get it pinned in, I tug at the pieces around the hairline and kind of rub my hand over the braid so it has a few flyaways.