24 Easy Braided Updos for Any Season and Occasion

Listen up, if you’re looking to take your hairstyle to the next level, a braided updo is for you. Here to elevate any look from AM to PM, it has all the prettiness of a plait, plus the practicality of an updo.

And TikTok users love it too, with braid updo videos accumulating over 118.2 million views. Intrigued? Read on to see the braided updo styles that are currently catching our eye…

1. Diagonal Braids with a Messy Bun

Updos with braids: Side shot of a woman with chocolate brown hair styled into a low bun with a diagonal Dutch braid.
Diagonal braids are serious fire. Credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Updos with braids don’t have to look complicated to look good! In fact, teaming a messy bun with a diagonal Dutch braid, like this, is just as effective.

2. Braided Top Knot

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with medium brown hair styled into a braided topknot.
Are you ready to become an updo braids devotee?

Looking for cute braided updos? Why not bring some fun to your look with this gorgeous braided top knot.

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3. Upside Down Braided Space Buns

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with upside down Dutch braided space buns.
We’re so into braided space buns. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Combining upside down Dutch braids with festival-ready space buns is another way you can channel ’90s vibes this season. See you on the dance floor…

4. Upside Down Braid

Updos with braids: Back shot of woman with dirty blonde hair styled into an upside down Dutch braided bun.
Practical and pretty? Sign us up. Credit: Dvora

When you don’t have enough time to do two upside down braids, try this chic braided bun.

The best part? This practical ‘do is runway and red carpet-approved – plus we have a video tutorial on how to create it.

5. Pull Through Braided Bun

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with bronde hair styled into a low pull through braided bun.
With this ‘do in your life, you’ll pull through anything. Credit: Instagram.com/braidsandblooms_

Simple and classy, this pull through braided bun is a total bride-to-be’s dream, giving us complete Pinterest board vibes.

Recommended: 23 braided wedding hair ideas to consider for your special day

6. Dutch Fishtail Braided Bun

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with bronde blonde hair styled into a Dutch fishtail mohawk braided bun.
This ‘do is fierce and feminine. Credit: Instagram.com/missysueblog

Who knew updo braids could look so fabulous in the pool? If you haven’t mastered the fishtail braid yet, this Dutch braided fishtail bun is all you need to get started.

7. French Braided Ponytail

Women with french braid ponytail
Dreamy locks. Credit: Instagram.com/emmaco_

Make a statement with this fancy French braided ponytail. With the addition of beachy waves, this style looks fresh out the salon.

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8. Milkmaid Braid with Scarf

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with caramel brown hair styled into a milkmaid braid updo with a scarf accessory.
We’re calling it the Frida updo. Credit: Instagram.com/josiebraid

Frida Kahlo lovers will adore this milkmaid braid, especially since it has a bold and beautiful printed scarf woven through it. How eye-catching?

9. French Braid

Woman with French braid
A totally Instagram-worthy hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/roralovestrand

Need a look that’ll take you from office meetings to rooftop drinks? If you’re after long-lasting updo braid styles, look no further than this French braid.

10. Flower Braid

Women with flower braid
This hairstyle is calling your name. Credit: Hariono Halim

We love the idea of weaving our tresses into a sophisticated flower braid, as seen here.

11. Braided Chignon

Woman wearing braided chignon
Love is in the hair! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

This low chignon look is everything you need to help you ace that interview or win over the guests when you’re walking down the aisle.

12. Fishtail Braided Ponytail

Woman wearing braided fishtail ponytail
The most eye-catching braid. Credit: Instagram.com/beyondtheponytail

You don’t have to have long hair to rock cute braided updos. Try weaving a fishtail into a short or medium ponytail for an effortless, off-duty look.

13. Fishtail Side Bun

Woman with fishtail side bun.
Wedding guest-ready. Credit: Instagram.com/ amazinghairbraids

Create this pretty look by combining a fishtail braid with a side bun. You’ll be turning heads whichever side you wear it on.

Recommended: How to create a side fishtail braid bun

14. Pigtails

Woman with pigtails
A super-cute style. Credit: Instagram.com/eevashairstyles

We simply can’t talk about updo hairstyles with braids without mentioning pigtails! They work like a charm on second day strands, helping you fend off bad hair days in style.

15. Braided Ponytail

Woman with braided ponytail
Simple yet chic. Credit: Alexander Ramsey from Unsplash

Falling in love with these updos with braids yet? Then you’ll seriously want to add this sleek braided ponytail to your work week hair routine.

16. Crown Braid

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with natural blonde hair styled into crown braid updo.
Ready to feel like a queen for a day? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Dealing with shorter strands? Well, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty more updo hairstyles with braids you can slay. And this stylish crown braid is one of them.

17. Scarf Bun

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with ash blonde hair styled into a scarf braided low bun hairstyle.
Updo braid styles with scarves = #hairgoals. Credit: Instagram.com/doses_of_style

Working scarves into braided updo hairstyles produces a beautiful result every time – and this woven scarf bun is a serious case in point.

18. Rope Braid Bun

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with rope twisted braid into a low bun.
Rope twist braids are easy as pie. Credit: Instagram.com/anniesforgetmeknots

Struggle with plaiting? Updos with braids that incorporate twists (AKA twisting two sections of hair, instead of three), like this rope braid bun, will help you fake it till you make it.

19. Fishtail Braids

Updos with braids: Side shot of a woman with dark hair styled into a fishtail boxer braids.
You needed this hairstyle yesterday. Credit: Instagram.com/saloncentric

Looking for a new way to wear your favourite boxer braids? Simply weave two fishtail plaits instead of cornrows to make your gym hairstyle look as good as this.

20. Headband Braid into Bun

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with headband braid into a messy bun updo.
If you must go subtle with your plait choice, try this. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you want to go subtle with your updos braids, grab a few strands from the front and plait them to add some pizzazz to your messy updo.

21. French Braided Updo

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with chestnut brown hair styled into a French braid updo.
This cute and flirty updo is perfect for date night. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you like the classic, sophisticated look, but still want a touch of glam, we’ve got just the thing: this French braided updo.

Psst! Snazzy updo braid styles like this can look even more dazzling with a pair of swanky earrings.

22. Four Strand Braid

Updos with braids: Side shot of a woman with dark brown ombre hair styled into a four strand braided ponytail.
Four times the braid, four times the style. Credit: Hariono Halim

Ok, we admit it… there are some days we need to buckle down with work and not worry about our hair, which is why we rely on updos with braids.

One of our faves? This budge-proof four strand braid, which you’ll immediately adore when you recreate it with our easy tutorial.

23. Half-done Dutch Braid Ponytail

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with bleach blonde hair styled into Dutch braid pigtails into ponytails.
Make your mane look even cooler with this combo. Credit: Instagram.com/hairologystudio_

Cute braided updos don’t get more exciting than these half-done Dutch braids.

So, instead of braiding all the way, keep it playful at the bottom by leaving your ends textured for an edgy look that’s bound to get you noticed.

24. Baby Braids Updo

Woman with blonde braided updo
This hairstyle spells out party time! Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you aren’t the most confident braider, try baby braids like this. Trust us, pairing them with your updos will quickly accentuate your look.

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