23 Best Braided Updos To Inspire Your Next Look

Amra | 16 August 2018
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After reading this, you’ll suddenly want to try updos with braids!

If you love braids and updos, we’re willing to bet you’ll be somewhat obsessed with updos with braids (yep, us too). All the prettiness of a plait plus the practicality of an updo makes for a sure-fire hair success.

Intrigued? Read on to see the updo braid styles currently catching our eye, plus our tips on how to recreate the looks yourself, whether you’re a novice or a plaiting pro.

1. Diagonal braids with a messy bun

Updos with braids: Side shot of a woman with chocolate brown hair styled into a low bun with a diagonal Dutch braid.
Diagonal braids are serious fire. Credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Updos with braids don’t have to look complicated to look good! In fact, teaming a messy bun with a diagonal Dutch braid, like this, is just as effective.

2. Braided top knot

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with medium brown hair styled into a braided topknot.
Are you ready to become an updo braids devotee?

Looking for cute braided updos? Why not bring some fun to your beauty arsenal with this gorgeous braided top knot.

TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm

Editor’s tip: The secret to braided updo hairstyles? Braid balm, of course! And, the TONI&GUY Flexible hold Braid Balm is all you need to help you create the perfect braid.

This smoothing balm will help you tame flyaways and define your braid’s shape, making it look on-point.

3. Upside down braided space buns

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with upside down Dutch braided space buns.
We’re so into braided space buns. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Combining upside down Dutch braids with festival-ready space buns is another way you can channel ’90s vibes this season. See you on the dance floor!

4. Upside down braid

Updos with braids: Back shot of woman with dirty blonde hair styled into an upside down Dutch braided bun.
Practical and pretty? Sign us up. Credit: Dvora

When you don’t have enough time to do two upside down braids in the morning, you can easily work your mane into this chic braided bun.

The best part? This practical ‘do is runway and red carpet-approved — plus we have a video tutorial on how to create it, right here.

5. Pull through braided bun

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with bronde hair styled into a low pull through braided bun.
With this ‘do in your life, you’ll pull through anything. Credit: Instagram.com/braidsandblooms_

Simple and classy, it’s hard to deny that this pull through braided bun is a total bride-to-be’s dream. The question is: what dress will you wear it with? Credit: @braidsandblooms_

Recommended: 23 braided wedding hair ideas to consider for your special day

6. Dutch fishtail braided bun

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with bronde blonde hair styled into a Dutch fishtail mohawk braided bun.
This ‘do is fierce and feminine. Credit: Instagram.com/missysueblog

Who knew updo braids could look so fabulous in the pool? If you haven’t mastered the fishtail braid yet, this Dutch braided fishtail bun is all you need to look at to convince you to get weaving. Credit: @missysueblog

7. French braided ponytail

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with a French braided ponytail
Your favourite ponytail is about to get an upgrade.

Make a statement and get on the updos with braids bandwagon with this fancy French braided ponytail. The addition of beachy waves take this look to the next level.

8. Milkmaid braid with scarf

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with caramel brown hair styled into a milkmaid braid updo with a scarf accessory.
What would Frida do? Credit: Instagram.com/josiebraid

Frida Kahlo lovers will adore this milkmaid braid, especially since it has a bold and beautiful printed scarf woven through it. Credit: @josiebraid

9. French braid

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with bronde hair styled into a French braid.
French braids won’t let you down.

Need a look that’ll take you from the office to drinks? If you’re after long-lasting updo braids styles, look no further than this French braid.

10. Flower braid

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with flower braided bun updo.
Who needs real flowers, eh? Credit: Hariono Halim

We love the idea of weaving our tresses into a sophisticated flower braid, as seen here. How about you?

VO5 Tame & Shine Spray

Editor’s tip: To set this ‘do (or any other of the braided updo hairstyles mentioned in this article), mist your mane with the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray.

This is great for updo hairstyles with braids as it keeps them under control, helps them last longer and leaves them looking shinier, too.

11. Braided chignon

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with natural blonde hair styled into a braided chignon hairstyle.
Love is in the hair! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Formal updos with braids like this impressive low chignon, are precisely what you need to help you ace that interview, or win over the guests when you’re walking down the aisle.

12. Fishtail braided ponytail

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with a fishtail braid
This fancy ponytail has got a secret.

You don’t have to have long hair to rock cute braided updos! Try weaving a fishtail into a short or medium ponytail for an effortless, off-duty look.

13. Fishtail side bun

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with brown bronde hair styled into a side fishtail braided bun.
Which side will you pick?

Create this pretty look by combining a fishtail braid with a side bun. You’ll be turning heads whichever side you pick to wear it on.

Recommended: How to create a side fishtail braid bun

14. Pigtails

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with auburn braided pigtails hairstyle.
Pigtails aren’t just for the playground!

You can’t talk about updo hairstyles with braids without mentioning pigtails! They work like a charm on second day strands, helping you fend off bad hair days in style.

15. Braided ponytail

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with dark brown hair styled into a low braided ponytail.
The runway loves this look, and so will you.

Falling in love with these updos with braids yet? Then you’ll seriously want to add this sleek braided ponytail to your work week hair routine.

16. Crown braid

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with natural blonde hair styled into crown braid updo.
Ready to feel like a queen for a day? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Dealing with shorter strands? Well, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty more updo hairstyles with braids you can slay. And, this stylish crown braid is one of them.#

17. Scarf bun

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with ash blonde hair styled into a scarf braided low bun hairstyle.
Updo braid styles with scarves = #hairgoals. Credit: Instagram.com/doses_of_style

Working scarves into braided updo hairstyles produces a beautiful result every time — this woven scarf bun is a serious case in point. Credit: @doses_of_style

18. Rope braid bun

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with rope twisted braid into a low bun.
Rope twist braids are easy as pie. Credit: Instagram.com/anniesforgetmeknots

Struggle with plaiting? Updos with braids that incorporate twists (AKA twisting two sections of hair, instead of three), like this rope braid bun, will help you fake it till you make it. Credit: @anniesforgetmeknots

19.  Fishtail braids

Updos with braids: Side shot of a woman with dark hair styled into a fishtail boxer braids.
You needed this hairstyle yesterday. Credit: Instagram.com/saloncentric

Looking for a new way to wear your favourite boxer braids? Simply weave two fishtail plaits instead of cornrows, to make your gym hairstyle look as good as this. Credit: @saloncentric

20. Headband braid into bun

Updos with braids: Close up shot of a woman with headband braid into a messy bun updo.
If you must go subtle with your plait choice, try this. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Want to go subtle with your updos braids choice? Grab a few strands from the front and plait them to help add some extra pizzazz to your messy updo.

Bed Head Rockaholic Livin' The Dream Dry Shampoo

Editor’s tip: To refresh your mane and also give it a texture boost, (which is important for creating Pinterest-worthy updo hairstyles with braids!) try using the Bed Head Rockaholic Livin’ The Dream Dry Shampoo.

21. French braided updo

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with chestnut brown hair styled into a French braid updo.
This cute and flirty updo is perfect for date night. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you’re more the classic, sophisticated type, but you still want to add a little bit of interest to your look, we’ve got just the thing: this French braided updo.

Psst! Snazzy updo braid styles like this can look even more dazzling with a pair of swanky earrings.

22. Four strand braid

Updos with braids: Side shot of a woman with dark brown ombre hair styled into a four strand braided ponytail.
Four times the braid, four times the style. Credit: Hariono Halim

Ok, we admit it… There are some days we need to buckle down with work and not worry about our hair, which is why we rely on updos with braids.

One of our faves? This budge-proof four strand braid, which you’ll immediately adore when you recreate it with our easy tutorial, here.

23. Half done Dutch braid ponytail

Updos with braids: Back shot of a woman with bleach blonde hair styled into Dutch braid pigtails into ponytails.
Make your mane look even cooler with this combo. Credit: Instagram.com/hairologystudio_

Cute braided updos don’t get more exciting than these half done Dutch braids!

So, instead of braiding all the way, keep it playful at the bottom by leaving your ends textured, for an edgy and feminine look that is bound to get you noticed. Credit: @hairologystudio_

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