Meet your new favourite day-to-night hairstyle: The double braided bun

Q: What's better than a single bun? A: The double braided bun, ofc!

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Equal parts fabulous and fun – it’s no wonder we’re obsessed with the double braided bun. Not only does it look appealingly complex (IRL it’s a total cakewalk), but this style is also a no-brainer option to take you from a.m to p.m. Look familiar? It might be currently trending on Insta and Pinterest, but if you’re getting a nostalgic ’90s vibe from this style – you’re on the money.

I can’t wait to wear this look on a night out! – Jaz

A go-to updo for some of our hair heroes from the ’90s including The Spice Girls and Gwen Stefani, the double braided bun is essentially a sleeker space bun. Minus the glitter and zig-zag parting.

Worn on the weekend (or at work if you’re feeling particularly daring), this ‘do is perfect for spicing up your hairstyle repertoire. Go on, we know that’s what you really, really want…

The double braided bun: A masterclass


Get some grip.

Starting with fresh, dry hair, spray the TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray all over your head, from root to tip.

This will give it more grip, making your braid last longer.

Brunette girl looking down spraying thickening spray into hair for double braided buns

Split your strands.

Using a comb, create a crisp centre parting and divide the hair equally into two even sections.

Clip up the section of hair you’re not using so it doesn’t get in the way.

Brunette girl with back of head to camera and hair split in half for double braided bun

Start braiding.

Much like creating a boxer braid (except you are starting at the back), take a small section of hair from the nape of the neck and divide it equally into three parts.

Starting with any outer strand, weave this under the centre strand. Then take the other outside strand and weave this under the new middle section.

Brunette girl braiding the back of her head to create double braided bun

Repeat the weaving process.

Repeat this weaving process, picking up new pieces of hair as you move towards the front of the head.

Continue until you get just above your crown and then secure the end of the braid with a hairband.

Brunette woman creating double braided bun with back of head to camera

Create your bun.

Take your loose ponytail and start twisting it into a bun shape. Make this as loose or tight as you want, depending on how polished or messy you want the final look to be.

Secure it in place with a bobby pin.

Brunette girl creating double braided bun on one side of her hair

Swap to the other side.

Once you’re happy with your double braided bun, unclip the remaining hair on the other side of your head and repeat the process.

Use a mirror to double check the section of hair you start braiding with is even and that your bun is positioned the same as the other side. Symmetry is key! 

Brunette girl with double braided bun hairstyle

Lock in the look.

Happy with your double braided bun hairstyle? Perfect! Now secure the style by spraying the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray all over your tresses – from front to back.

Brunette girl with double braided bun hair using hairspray

That's all there is to it!

And voila! You’re now a pro at this achingly pretty updo. If you’re feeling fancy, mix up the look with a few hair accessories, or even a sparkling centre parting

Brunette girl smiling with double braided bun hairstyle


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