Welcome back to the TGS Braid Bar! Today we’re going to learn how to do a full halo braid. Being in the hot Southern California sun means that this is one of my favorite summer braids because it keeps all of my hair up and out of the way. I’m going to be honest, this is one of the harder braids to do so don’t get frustrated if it takes you a little bit to get the hang of it.
I’m working with day 3 hair mixed with dry shampoo. With this braid in particular it’s easier to work with your hair if it’s not super clean just because you don’t want everything falling and sliding around. To start, make a deep side part on one side of your head. Since I part on the left side, I like to section off the right front portion of my hair with a clip to make sure I don’t actually pull that into the back of the braid. (So to clarify, only leave the left side and the back of your hair loose.)
Start doing a dutch french braid on the same side of your head that you made the part. Grab a small section of hair and slowly add more and more until you are down past your ear.
This is the first semi-difficult part I like to call The Flip. Unless you have super human arms you are not going to be able to keep braiding around the back of your head with your hands situated the way they currently are. What you’re going to have to do is switch your top and bottom braid hands. So essentially, the hand that was holding the bottom piece of your braid will now be holding the top and vice versa aka The Flip. It takes a few times to make sure you’re doing it right so don’t be afraid to mess up.
Now that you’ve done The Flip, keep dutch french braiding around the base of your head. I’ve tried this braid a few different ways (taking in new pieces from the top and the bottom to french braid and also only taking in new pieces from the bottom) and I’ve found that doing a true french dutch braid (taking in pieces from both the top and bottom) is what works best for me. Depending on your hair thickness you may be able to get away with just taking in hair from the bottom. Make sure you’re getting every single little strand! (I’m notorious for leaving out pieces and then having to go back and redo my braids.)
Once you’ve cleared the base of your head and start to come back up the other side, you’re going to have to do The Flip again. Switch your hands so the top hand now holds the bottom piece and vice versa. When you are coming up around toward your ear, make sure to angle your braid up. If you continue to go straight across you will have lumps and bumps within the braid when you try to lay it flat against your head.
Remember that clip with the little bit of hair you kept out of the way? This is when you take it out of the clip and get to feed it into the braid. I like to keep the extra saved up because there have been a few times when I have fed it in too early and then the top of my braid starts to look funky. By putting a little bit aside you make sure everything looks as equal across your head as possible.
Once you’ve added all of your hair, continue to braid the leftovers down until the very bottom.
Now you’ve got your entire head of hair wrapped up in this halo braid and the end of it looks like a rat’s tail. By the looks of it, you think you did something wrong BUT YOU DIDN’T. Everything is okay because you’re supposed to have a rat’s tail at the end. Take a second and admire it. Go ahead, admire.
Time to pancake this sucker. Remember how we pancaked the fishtail braid from the first tutorial? We’re going to do that same thing to this entire braid all around your head. Depending on how chunky you like your braid to look, you can either do this really intensely or not at all.
Take your rat’s tail and wrap it up and over your head. Tuck the ends under the other parts of your braid and bobby pin down all the stragglers until everything feels secure.
And you’re done! One full halo braid for you. I hope you were able to follow along, tag us with #TGSBraidBar if you recreate this braid sometime this summer.