If you love braids and updos (and also happen to have long hair!), we’re willing to bet you’re looking for easy and on-trend ways to style your lengthy locks. If that’s the case, there’s hope for you on the hair horizon — below we’ve found you 14 braided updos for long hair, which will earn you serious style points.
So whether you’re after a new look for work, a fancy night out or just want something that’ll keep up with your gym gains, scroll on to see the long braided updos from Instagram that you should be copying.
1. Upside down braid + messy bun
Need a style that takes less than five minutes but doesn’t look like it? Then this upside down braid + messy top knot combo is destined for you.
Love the idea of an upside down braid but like to keep things polished? Then check out our upside down French braided bun tutorial, here. Whether you pick the messy or neat version is all up to you, but one thing’s for sure: your long hair is going to look fab. Credit: @amberfillerup
2. Triple cornrow braided upside down bun
Triple the braid, triple the style points! Show off your plaiting prowess at work with this edgy cornrow braided upside down bun. Its the perfect updo to pair with your favourite blazer and will seriously make you feel like a #girlboss. Credit: @hairbyruslan
3. Fishtail braided high ponytail
One way to elevate your go-to gym high ponytail? By weaving a fancy fishtail braid, of course. Feeling major mane envy? Worry not: here’s how you can create this pretty but practical fishtail plait at home. Credit: @missysueblog
Editor’s tip: Struggle with weaving your plaits? Next time, try using the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm. It’ll help give your hair added grip and structure, making it easier to braid and ensuring they stay in place longer.
4. Boho side braid
You can opt to wear it looser to really nail those care-free vibes, or just keep it neat and chic as this beauty has done.
5. Double Dutch braid bun
If you’re looking for edgy and girly braided updos for long hair, say hello to your new BFF: the double Dutch braid bun. Looking as cool as it sounds, this fierce ‘do has It girl written all over it.
6. Low fishtail bun
Not all braided updos for long hair have to be undone, don’t you know? And if you’ve got a fancy soiree to attend (party season is in full swing, after all), we suggest you try out this elegant fishtail braided bun.
7. Milkmaid braids with a scarf
Just when you think braided updos for long hair couldn’t get any more creative, they just did!
Weaving a scarf or ribbon into an otherwise simple milkmaid braid will give it a stylish, new lease of life, and have everyone think you’ve stepped right of the runway. Erm, it’s called fashion – look it up. Credit: @itsyohomegirl
8. Crown braid with flowers
Looking for wedding-ready braided updos for long hair? Whether you’re the blushing bride or a special attendee, you’ll look the part with this romantic crown braid. Credit:
Recommended: 25 elegant wedding updos for long hair.
9. Twisted macaron buns
Earlier this season, we saw the resurgence of space buns, but now there’s a new set of buns in town making waves: macaron buns. These sweet little buns are a Parisian girl must-have and can even be braided, too.
Editor’s tip: Before you attempt to create this on-trend style, apply the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray to your tresses.
This will give your hair a little grip and make creating your braid easier. It’s also the perfect product for reviving your hair before you start dry-styling.
10. Accent braid + messy updo
Sure, you can try to emulate the ‘dos listed above, but adding a single accent braid to your go-to updo is enough to take your mane game from 0 to 100. Excuse us for a moment, we have a braid to weave… Credit: @hqfemme
11. French braid with a scarf
This long-lasting updo will take you from brunch with the girls to pizza with your partner, all without moving an inch. Credit: @viola_pyak
12. Polished braided pony
Editor’s tip: Want your party hair to shine bright? Set it with the TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray to get frizz-free, sparkly tresses, right now.
13. Dutch braid with a wavy ponytail
Looking for last minute braided updos for long hair? If you’re working on second-day hair, you can whip up this Dutch braid ponytail in a matter of minutes. Bad hair day? Not here. Credit: @hairby_chrissy
14. Pull through braided ponytail
Really want to get everyone talking? Then you’ll love creating this party-worthy Pull through braid.