<span>Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere rocked a glamorous braided crown hairstyle on the red carpet at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC on 27 April 2013.</span>

Tutorial: The braided crown inspired by Hayden Panettiere

by Kathy Saunders -

"Nashville" star and former "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere hit the red carpet looking as glamorous as ever with a classic braided crown hairstyle last spring. Since then, of all the red carpet 'dos, this has to has become one of the most romantic, feminine ones around, not to mention pretty princessy, too! Well, if you don't have an actual braided crown, you might as well fashion one from your own hair...

Paired with red lipstick, this hairstyle is made for a winning beauty look so we've put together a tutorial just so anyone can copy it!

Step one: Begin by brushing your hair. Before you start braiding, you want it all to be smooth and tangle free. Use some detangling spray or hair oil to help if necessary.

Step two: Part your hair in the middle. Gather one half and tie or clip it up so that it's out of your way while you work on the other half.

Step three: Now, start braiding the half you left loose. Begin at the bottom of your head, near the nape of your neck, and work towards your forehead.

To get the attached, French-braid effect that Hayden has, when you braid a strand on the side of your plait closest to your face, gather a small amount of extra hair as you go and incorporate it into the braid.

Also, if you like the way her hair bumps out, you'll need to braid under, not over.

Top tip: Keep the braid relatively close to the outside of your head so that it frames your face.

Step four: Once you reach the top of your head, let loose the hair you pinned up and carry on braiding French-style all the way around to the nape of your neck.

Step five: Depending on how long your hair is, you might have some hair left unbraided when you get back around to the nape of your neck. If this is the case, simply braid it right down to the ends, tuck it underneath the bottom of the braided crown and secure with bobby pins.

Step six: To get the best possible hold, attach any unwanted flyaway strands with bobby pins and secure any particularly loose sections of your new crown with even more bobby pins. Feel free to wiggle it around a little until it feels comfortable. Finally, give your hair a good once over with some hairspray and you're done.

Happy hairstyling!

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