halo braid 4c hair
When it comes to my favorite 4c hairstyles, I have one rule. It has to be simple. Meaning no straightening required, no excessive braiding required, and minimal product usage.
This is why today’s featured style shouldn’t come as a surprise. The beautiful halo braid with weave.
This unique style is chic and versatile and can be worn by anyone regardless of their type of hair texture or length. As a matter of fact, it’s especially perfect for women with short hair.
And the reason why I love halo braid hairstyles is because they are elegant and sophisticated protective hairstyles that can be worn for special occasions or a casual day out.
Intrigued? Great, because in this post, I share how you can achieve a halo braid with weave on your 4c hair.
What is a halo braid?
A halo braid is a simple style where you plait a chunky braid and wrap it around your head, creating a halo effect.
If you have long hair, you can create the typical halo braid using your own hair. However, if you have short black hair, you have to create a halo braid look using braiding hair.
It’s a great protective style because it is low manipulation and doesn’t tug or pull your hair. In addition, you can take it out immediately after wearing it, by simply removing the faux halo braid.
What’s the difference between a crown braid and a halo braid?
I used to think that the crown braid and the halo braid are the same. Turns out they are not!
While both are braided hairstyles that are worn around the head, they differ in their placement and braiding technique.
The crown braid goes around the top of your head, forming a crown-like shape. It is created by taking two sections of hair from the front of your head and braiding them towards the back and securing them with bobby pins or hair ties.
The rest of the hair can be left down or pulled into a low bun, or ponytail.
The halo braid, on the other hand, circles around the entire head, like a halo. It is created by taking sections of hair from around the head and braiding them towards the back of the head to create a halo-like shape.
Both braided hairstyles are very pretty, but a halo braid is more suitable for 4c hair.
How to do a halo braid with weave?
Now let’s get to the how. Of course, as always my hair tutorial is catered to women with short natural hair, which is why this teaches you how to do a halo braid with weave.
However, as mentioned above, if you have longer hair, you do not need a weave to accomplish this braided hairstyle.
Before we get started with the step-by-step tutorial, here is what you will need:
- 1 pack of X-Pression braiding hair
- Wide Tooth Comb
- Bobby Pins
- 2 Hair ties
- Styling gel or edge control
- Boar bristle brush
- Edge brush
- Satin scarf
1. Prep your natural hair
Before any protective style, you always want to make sure that your natural 4c hair is prepped for a long-term style. If you just washed it, perfect. But if not, you want to mist it with some water and then moisturize your hair using the LOC method.
That way your hair remains hydrated while in a classic halo braid. After moisturizing, detangle it thoroughly using a wide tooth comb or detangling brush.
2. Tie up your natural hair
The next step is to tie up your natural hair as flat as possible into a low ponytail. Assuming that your hair is short, you want to use gel to slick your hair back as much as possible. However, don’t worry if not all your hair reaches the back. The most important thing is that your 4c hair lies flat.
Depending on the look you are going for you don’t need to use much gel, just a little to brush down flyaways and style your edges. Use a boar bristle brush towards the end to sleek it down one last time and then wrap your entire head with a silk scarf. That will set the hair in place.
3. Prep the weave (braiding hair)
Now that your own hair is prepped, you want to get started on the weave for the halo braid. Take the entire pack of braiding hair and start braiding it right under the rubber band in the middle of the pack. Make sure to leave the hair tie out, as you will use it later to attach the braiding hair to your ponytail.
Braid the hair all the way to the end and then tie it up with a hair tie. You should now have a very long and thick braid. It doesn’t have to be a perfect braid, you can even loosen it up a bit.
4. Attach the braid to your hair
Now you want to take the braid where the rubber band is and attach it to your ponytail like a regular hair tie. Make sure to tie it a few times to prevent it from slipping later.
Once it’s attached properly you can now wrap the braid around your entire head. If needed, you can use bobby pins to secure it in the front of your head.
While the X-Pression braiding hair should have exactly the length needed to cover your entire head, you might have some extra after one loop around. In that case, simply use bobby pins to tuck it extra close to the existing halo. No worries, some people even style their hair with double halo braids. So, it’s a vibe.
5. Style the look
Lastly, you can now use edge control to style your edges, if you haven’t yet. You also want to take care of any flyaways and smooth down both, your natural hair and the braiding hair one more time. And if you feel like it, you can even add hair accessories to give it that goddess braids look.
Voila! With a few simple steps, you now achieved a gorgeous halo braid.
How long does a halo braid last?
A halo braid can easily last a few days, up to a whole week if you take good care of it.
Because of all the styling gel in your natural hair, the base is set and remains sleek until you brush or wash it out. So, all you want to do is sleep with your head scarf on to avoid friction overnight, which could loosen up the style.
Regarding the braid, I usually take the braid off when I go to sleep to avoid tension from the bobby pins. That also ensures that the braid stay neat and intact and can be re-used the next day.
To make this beautiful hairstyle last longer, you can use styling products such as hairspray or edge control to keep the hair in place and prevent frizz. However, avoid applying too much product and excessive brushing as that can lead to natural hair damage.