A halo braid is a hairstyle created with long Dutch or French braids pinned around the head, much like a crown braid. These angelic braids are great for formal occasions and everyday wear, depending on styling methods and accessories like doing a half-braid or adding a bun or bangs. In the search for an easy, summery detail to add to your look? Do it like how the ancient Greeks do!
In the fashion scene, since history began, we’ve seen how this ethereal pleated style transcended time, and it’s guaranteed that it’s here to stay forever! Whether a casual day out or a formal glam event, halo braid styles are versatile enough to wear everywhere.
Proven by celebrity trendsetters Amanda Seyfried, Sienna Miller, Gabrielle Union, and Solange Knowles, these braids don’t choose their wearer! Long or short, straight or curly, thick or fine hair – no matter your hair type, there’s certainly a halo braid designed to suit your needs.
The Frida Kahlo signature style might appear tough to recreate, but it’s not! Liverpool-based hairstylist Laura Rivers makes various styles of this goddess braid style, and not one ever looked less than angelic!
One last tip – keep going until you’ve mastered the braid style, and remember this beautiful to take tons of pictures for everyone’s inspiration! Find your next special hairdo in this updated list of halo braid hairstyles!
#1: Dutch Halo Braid Hairstyle
The modern-day romantic was my inspiration for this look. I wanted to create something soft and fun but with a touch of elegance. My favorite thing about this halo hairstyle is it’s so versatile that you can wear one of these braids for a festival or glam the hairstyle up to suit special occasions like weddings!
For clients wanting to try this look, shoulder-length hair or longer with no long layers is ideal, but for my shorter hair clients, it’s also achievable but with a different take on the braid. Hair must be prepped with a texturizing spray and loosely curled to add texture.
#2: Loose French Braids
This low updo with a French braid is perfect for an understated but playful style. It would go best with light flowery dresses and off-the-shoulder tops and is perfect for festivals, wedding parties, or a date.
Blow-dry your hair with a mousse such as Moroccan Oil volumizing mousse, curl your hair with 24mm curling tongs by Babyliss pro (for the extra volume, you can set the crown sections with Velcro rollers), create a deep parting, French braid the side, then finally create a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Place the padding underneath and wrap your hair around, ensuring all the paddings are hidden well. Place the French braid on top of the bun and loosen each strand to give the illusion of a fuller, larger braid. The complete look from start to finish should take you about 45 min. Just remember if the prep is done well, the actual styling process will be much faster.
#3: Cute Halo Braid with Bangs
A hairstyle like this looks grand, thus intimidating to do, but it is easy. Do french tail braids on both sides for the cute double halo braids while leaving much hair for a tousled low bun. Grab some loose hair and curls for a wavy effect.
#4: Half Halo Braid
Try out a textured boho look with this half-halo braid style. A half-up style helps to keep the hair out of your face, and the halo braid adds a focal piece to the hairstyle. A halo braid requires quite a bit of hair, so this style works best on medium to thick hair, although it can be achieved on finer hair with hair extensions. Try our Bombay Hair Clip-In extensions to give the hair a fuller look.
#5: Fishtail Halo Braid
Halo braids are beautiful, but try a fishtail halo braid for a unique, eye-catching style. A fishtail halo braid works best on medium to thick hair, although it can be achieved on finer hair with hair extensions. Fishtail braids add a lot of small detail to an updo and can be fanned out to create a larger-looking braid. Try using texturizing powder, such as Joico Rise Up powder spray, to help the braid to look more plump and textured.
#6: Easy Halo Style
The easy way to do a radiant halo braid is to start at one said then braid around to the other side. Pull off some loose hairs for a fringe.
#7: Halo Style for Short Hair
Yes, you can do the ethereal halo braid around your unbelievably stunning short hair! The key to recreating these two halo braids is to grab hair continuously as you go around the head, going in with light hands to create these loose, chunky braids.
#8: Faux Halo Braid
A universal style for any formal occasion, this faux halo braids is a loosened-up variety of your normal braided style. Strands are gathered along the way of braiding, making this easy halo braid looks melting into your hair.
#9: Halo Styling with Weave
If you can create a braid, you can achieve this halo braid with a weave! Grab your favorite weave and strap it onto the starting point of your braid, which you can incorporate while braiding natural hair. You’ll have the radiance of a goddess in no time!
#10: Butterfly Braids
This level of braiding technique should be art! The butterfly halo braid boasts chunky braids that go around your head, like a halo for an angel like you!
#11: Halo Braid with Bun
Loose braids bring out textured elegance in your strands. With this style, the crown pattern stands out, while the low bun gives a nice, complete touch to the princess look.
#12: Flowery Design Braid
In the center, a halo braid styled into a braided or flowery design looks beautiful. This chunky design gives a stunning finished look. This hairstyle is for a bold woman who loves keeping it simple but classy. Products are the most important part of hairstyling. They can make the work so flawless. Use Got2b Spray and Gel for extra hold and some Argan Oil for shine for this style.
#13: Braid with Curls
This loose halo braid is simple but effective and very versatile. The best thing about this chunky braid is that it’s trendy and gives the style volume instead of your ordinary quiff.
Expect about 30 minutes to re-create this look. This is super quick because there’s no downtime; you only need a few products besides hairspray and clips!
#14: Crown Braid
Consider a romantic festival braid. It’s perfect for a party or wedding to attend. It suits any occasion! There are so many ways of making a crown braid. The easiest way is to make two ponytails low in the neck and make two braids of them. Then, fold/wrap them around your head. This look takes a maximum of 10 minutes! It’s super fast and easy, and it looks really cute! To style, you need a good volumizer to get the braids textured and rich enough. Some products to try are Alterna Haircare Multiplying Volume Mist, which helps restore the hair’s natural fullness, and Marine Plumping Complex for instant volume. It also works well on thinner hair, as it is light.
Alterna Haircare Perfect Texture Spray is a key product for everything! It is a mix of dry shampoo and hairspray. It gives that nice dry texture to the hair, and for me, this is important to get that casual result. If you have thinner hair, add two rows of clip-in extensions to get a little more thickness for halo braids, and you are good to go! This braid suits a bohemian bride or bridesmaid who loves something different and cute with her hair.
#15: Halo Braid for Black Hair
The hairstyle is known as a designed halo. I called it “The Crown.” It can be designed with hair ornaments (accessories) to beautify like a crown. This is the ultimate halo braid a black girl can pull off. It’s a simple African-American halo braid with an elegant look. Products are of your choice, but you don’t need them. If you wear braids, your hair needs to keep a balance of moisture with some lite essential oils.
This hairstyle is for any hair type. You can wear this halo/crown at your business, basic work, clubbing, and, let’s not forget, on a romantic occasion. I love this style mostly on my little girls with the designer braids in the middle to give that feeling of a little princess.
#16: Double Halo Braid
This look is elegant and charming. What I like most about this hairstyle is the comfiness and the way it surprises everyone who looks at it. At first, it seems a bit hard to make, but training your hands will take you to the perfect halo-braid.
I recommend this hairstyle for different hair types, but layered haircuts can make it a little harder (use bobby pins to pin it in place). Always use quality products: shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatments. They help you have better-looking hairstyles. This look is perfect for weddings, proms, and 15-year-old birthdays. It will make you feel special and best suit you on an important day.
#17: Simple Halo Updo
This braid is a beautiful hairstyle for someone wanting something unique and secure. A pull-through halo braid is a fantastic option because it is created with quite a few elastics so that it will stay all day and possibly into the next. Leaving down a few face-framing pieces gives the style a softer look, which I also prefer.
I would say this style is ideal for an individual with longer than shoulder-length hair that does not have many layers. Although the elastics make it easier to control shorter pieces sticking out from the layers, it can still be hard to control them completely.
This hairstyle can suit absolutely anyone! It goes with a carefree and fun personality! For the style, I used Aveda products. I used Pure Abundance Style Potion on the braid to pull it big and give it some grit. Then, I finished with Control Force to lock everything in. The style is versatile, as it could work for a wedding or an active day running errands and working out since it’s so secure!