Looking for an after-hours updo? Learn how to master an elegant French braid bun

Get ready to fall head over heels for the French braid bun.  

Fancy creating a look that will send more than a few approving glances your way?  It’s time you got to grips with the French braid bun.

I’ll definitely be wearing this style on a night out – Nicole

Also known as a French bun, this technique uses the loose plaits at the end of your French braid to create an after-hours-worthy ‘do. Thanks to the fancy-looking French braids that create the foundation of this hairstyle, it packs a seriously ‘ooh la la‘ punch.

Ready to emulate the look for yourself? Our simple 10-step tutorial breaks down the basics of how to turn your French braids into a bun.



Starting with dry, tangle-free locks spray the TIGI Bedhead Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray from root to tip.

This step helps add grip to your hair, making it easier to braid.


Divide your hair.

Using your hands (or a tail comb if you want more precision), divide your hair into two halves from just below your crown.


Start plaiting.

Starting with whichever section of hair you prefer (left or right), take three strands from the front of your head and begin braiding. 

Weave the outer section over the centre section, then weave the opposite outer section over the middle.


Repeat as you go.

Repeat this process as you move down your hair, adding in new pieces of hair to the braid as you go.

Editor’s Tip: If you’re finding it difficult to braid, try loosely curling your hair before you start. This will give it more texture and grip.


Secure your braid.

Carry on plaiting with this method as you move down your hair, securing the braid with a hairband at the end.


Repeat the process.

Using the same technique, braid the remaining hair on the other side of your parting, securing with a hairband.


Pancake your hair.

Use your fingers to gently tug and loosen the bottom section of your braids. This trick will help the plait appear more voluminous and make it easier to pin into place. 


Create your bun.

Cross over the two loose braids at the back of your head and twist them up into a bun at the nape of your neck.

Use bobby pins to secure the style in place.


Use hairspray to seal the style.

Happy with your French braid bun? Take a final look in the mirror and then mist the TIGI Catwalk Firm Hold Hairspray all over your hair.


You're good to go!

That’s all there is to it. Make sure your French braided bun feels secure and add a little extra hairspray to tame any frizz if needed.

Looking to add a little It girl nonchalance to the look? Beauty vlogger Laura Bradshaw from Tiny Twisst breaks down the steps behind her French-braid-into-bun tutorial…