Chic Gym Updo: A Side Bun With Braid Tutorial

If you love braids and adore updos, then you're going to swoon for this look. Enter: the braided side bun!  

Sporty looking brunette with braided bun wearing a pink hoodie

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Looking for a chic ‘do to rock while you’re working out? Sounds like you need a side bun with a braid to get you through your gym sesh in style! Not only is this a super pretty look, it’s also a practical way to keep stray sweaty strands out of your face, enabling you to work out in peace.

And we know what you’re thinking: a braided side bun must take an age to create, right? Wrong! The truth is that this woven updo takes a matter of minutes to make, be it with a Dutch, French, or fishtail side braid. So, if you’re looking to try a new look for the gym, simply scroll down for our easy-peasy step-by-step guide.

Side braid with a bun tutorial


Refresh your hair with dry shampoo.

Before creating your side braided bun, refresh your hair with a dry shampoo, like the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo.

This will help give your tresses a little grip, making it easier to weave your plait (not mention, it’ll also help rid you of greasy roots).

Side bun with braid tutorial: Sporty brunette spraying dry shampoo into her hair

Brush your hair.

Before styling, use a paddle brush to detangle your tresses and remove any leftover dry shampoo from your hair.

Fishtail side braid bun tutorial

Create your braid.

Now, this look works best as a side French braid bun, so create a side parting and begin to weave your French plait on the side that has more hair. Do this by taking an inch-wide piece of hair at the top of your parting and divide it into 3 equal sections.

Now cross the strands once like a typical braid (left over middle, right over the middle), but before crossing the sections over again, pick up more hair from each side as you weave.

Tip: If you prefer a fishtail side braid, divide your hair into 2 equal sections. Then take a thin piece of hair from the outer edge of the right section, pulling it over to the left section. Make sure to cross the hair in front, not behind.

Braided side bun tutorial: Sporty brunette weaving a French plait

Secure your braid.

Continue your chosen braiding technique all the way to the end and secure in place with a hairband.

Side French braid bun tutorial: Sporty brunette securing the end of her braid

Create your bun.

Now that you have your completed plait it’s time to create your braided side bun. Simply roll the end of your braid into a bun and secure with bobby pins.

Braided side bun tutorial

Finish with hairspray.

Now you’ve created your side bun with a braid, finish off the look with a mist of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. This will help keep your ‘do in place even after you’re workout!

Side bun with braid tutorial: Sporty brunette spraying her side braided bun with hairspray

Final look.

And there you have it: a beautiful side braid with a bun to help you get through that workout in style!

Side braid with bun tutorial: Sporty looking brunette with braided bun


Love this side French braid bun, and now ready to put your plaiting skills to the real test? Then check out how the lovely Zoella rocks Dutch braids with her hair tutorial duo!

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