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The easiest ways to create a beautiful braided updo: Tutorials and inspiration for princess-worthy hair

Rock a braided updo like a pro!  

Calling all Disney princess wannabes, we’ve got a fairytale-worthy look you’re going to fall head over glass slippers for. Chic, romantic and unquestionably stylish, a braided updo is one of the most elegant hair looks ever.

A step above classic ballerina buns and simple french braids, this suits-everyone style is slightly more complex to master but totally worth the effort. If you’re feeling like you might need a little extra help managing this beautiful updo, fear not as ATH are here to be your hair fairy godmothers.

Follow our easy step-by-step tutorial below to master the basic braided updo. And, if you’re feeling extra fancy, keep scrolling for a more decorated version of this gorgeous style.

6 easy steps to creating a braided updo


Start with dry shampoo.

Not only does dry shampoo refresh your roots, it can also add a little texture and dimension to the hair.

Spray the TONI&GUY Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo towards your scalp and along the mid-lengths of your hair. Comb through with your fingers to make sure all the product has been absorbed. 

Braided bun tutorial blonde girl spraying dry shampoo on hair

Section your hair.

Next, section the hair into three parts. Two thinner, equal sections using hair in front of either side of your ears and one larger section made up of the remaining hair.

Use hair clips to keep the two front sections separate and away from the larger section at the back. 

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Braid the back section.

Pull the back section of your hair into a low ponytail just above the nape of the neck and secure it with a hairband.

Next, plait down the length of the hair and secure it with a small, clear hairband. Fan out the braid by gently pulling it using both hands in an outwards direction.

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Make a low bun.

Slowly twist the braid around the base of the ponytail and into a bun. Use bobby pins to secure it into place.

Make sure the end of the braid is tucked under the bun so there are no loose ends. Gently tug or pull on the bun to move it into place and loosen any braided sections that are too tight.

Braided updo blonde girl putting hair into a bun with back to camera

Plait the remaining sections.

Once your braided bun is secure, it’s time to focus on the two remaining sections of hair. Unclip each section individually and create a basic three-strand plait from the top of the ears downwards.

Make sure both pigtails look even and are not too tight, the braids need to be flexible so you can position them in the next step.

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Wrap your braids around the bun.

Take your first braid and pull it to the back of your head, towards your bun. Wrap it over and under the bun and grab the end of the braid at the top.

Wrap the end of the braid back towards the top of the bun and secure it in place with a bobby pin. Repeat this step with the remaining braid on the other side of the bun. 

Braided updo blonde girl pinning plait around bun with back to camera

Secure the final look with hairspray.

Take a quick look in the mirror to make sure your braided updo looks as fabulous as possible. Add any extra bobby pins where needed to secure the style.

Finish the look by using the TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspray to keep your coif creation in place even in damp or humid conditions. 

And we’re done! You’re now ready to show off your beautiful braided updo. 

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Give the look a little something extra with this woven braided updo tutorial

This simple, yet elegant twist on the classic high bun will add a little pizzazz to any ensemble, pronto! So, get your ribbons at the ready, and read on for our simple step-by-step guide.


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The 12 ‘Dos Of Christmas: Woven braided updo. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Now, don’t be fooled by its complex appearance, because this ‘do can actually be achieved in just 6 simple steps (yes, really!). So, keep on scrolling, and prepare to stun everyone with your incredible styling prowess!

How to get this look:

1. After brushing through straight hair, apply some TONI&GUY Smooth & Shine Gloss Serum to your mane. This will help to banish any pesky flyaways and give your hair a luscious sheen!

2. Next, gather your hair into a super high ponytail. This should sit on the middle of the top of your head.

3. Now take your coloured ribbon and tie it around the base of your ponytail.

4. Once you’ve done that, divide your ponytail into 3 equal sections, with one section including the coloured ribbon. Use these 3 sections to create a simple 3-strand braid (with the ribbon woven through it), securing your plait at the end with a clear hair elastic. If the ribbon exceeds the length of the braid, simply cut it at the bottom so that it’s the same length.


5. Then wrap your plait around the base of your ponytail until you’ve created your woven braided updo! Ensure that the end is tucked away under the bun, and secure your updo in place with a few bobby pins.

6. Before skipping off to showcase your new ‘do, remember to spritz some VO5 Firm Hold Hairspray over your bun at arms length, to help keep it wobble-free!


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