If you love braids and updos, and can never seen to figure out which style to choose from, then listen up because we’ve got just the combo for you. All the prettiness of a plait plus the practicality of an updo makes for a sure-fire hair success!
Intrigued? Read on to see the updo braid styles currently catching our eye, plus our tips on how to recreate the looks yourself, whether you’re a novice or a plaiting pro.
1. Diagonal braids with a messy bun
2. Braided top knot
Looking for cute braided updos? Why not bring some fun to your beauty arsenal with this gorgeous braided top knot.
Editor’s tip: The secret to braided updo hairstyles? Braid balm, of course! And, the TONI&GUY Flexible hold Braid Balm is all you need to help you create the perfect braid.
This smoothing balm will help you tame flyaways and define your braid’s shape, making it look on-point.
3. Upside down braided space buns
4. Upside down braid
When you don’t have enough time to do two upside down braids in the morning, you can easily work your mane into 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
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6. Dutch fishtail braided bun
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 look at to convince you to get weaving. Credit: @missysueblog
7. French braided ponytail
8. Milkmaid braid with scarf
9. French braid
Need a look that’ll take you from the office to drinks? If you’re after long-lasting updo braids styles, look no further than this French braid.
10. Flower braid
We love the idea of weaving our tresses into a sophisticated flower braid, as seen here. How about you?
Editor’s tip: To set this ‘do (or any other of the braided updo hairstyles mentioned in this article), mist your mane with the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray.
This is great for updo hairstyles with braids as it keeps them under control, helps them last longer and leaves them looking shinier, too.
11. Braided chignon
12. Fishtail braided ponytail
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
Create this pretty look by combining a fishtail braid with a side bun. You’ll be turning heads whichever side you pick to wear it on.
Recommended: How to create a side fishtail braid bun
You 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
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
17. Scarf bun
18. Rope braid bun
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. Credit: @anniesforgetmeknots
19. Fishtail braids
20. Headband braid into bun
Want to go subtle with your updos braids choice? Grab a few strands from the front and plait them to help add some extra pizzazz to your messy updo.
Editor’s tip: To refresh your mane and also give it a texture boost, (which is important for creating Pinterest-worthy updo hairstyles with braids!) try using the Bed Head Rockaholic Livin’ The Dream Dry Shampoo.
21. French braided updo
If you’re more the classic, sophisticated type, but you still want to add a little bit of interest to your look, 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
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
Cute braided updos don’t get more exciting than these half done Dutch braids!
24. Cute braided updo
If aren’t the most confident braider, you can try baby braids like this! Pairing them with your updos will quickly elevate your look.