Tutorial: 4 Ways to Create a Braided Bun

A simple, chic and fun braided bun hairstyle you've got to try!


It’s time to step your traditional hair bun game up a notch, and add a little pizazz to your everyday style with a modern braided bun. This cool braids with buns style is one of our favorite ways to rock an effortlessly cool style that’s mixed with a modern yet feminine braid. It’s just so simple, classy and super pretty. And let’s not forget, this braids in a bun look is really easy to complete where you can be out the door in five minutes looking polished and sophisticated. This hairstyle is versatile, so try this out for your next interview or night out on the town. And while there is the classic way to rock this look, there are actually tons of different variations on this look that we are excited to share with you. Whether you want to go the half-up route or want a high (or low) braided bun, we have you covered in our guide featuring how to create a braided bun hairstyle in four fun ways.

Look 1: How to Make a Braided Bun


Refresh and detangle hair.

Begin on clean hair that is dry and detangled. If needed, refresh your hair with a dry shampoo like Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist. Brush your hair to gently remove any knots, then use a styling oil to add shine and prevent frizz like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil. This will ensure that your hair is smooth and ready for your gorgeous new braids in a bun style.


Create a high ponytail.

Pull your hair up into a high ponytail and secure it in place with a hair tie. The center of your crown is an ideal position.


Section your hair.

Section your hair into three even sections. This is where you will start creating your braids into a bun.


Complete your braid.

Braid your hair all the way to the ends of your ponytail. You can braid your hair as tight or as loose as you want. It’s totally up to you with this laid back bun hairstyle. Secure your braided look with a clear elastic.


Wrap your braid into a bun.

Take the end of your braid and wrap it around the base of your ponytail to create your braided bun. You can use the opposite hand to hold the base of your braid in place as you coil the hair around.


Secure your bun.

To ensure that your braided bun stays put, insert some bobby pins into your bun. Use as many as needed that you place around your bun. You might need more pins if you have thick or curly hair.


Complete the look.

You did it! You created braids into a bun and now have a chic yet simple look. Make sure that you spray your hair some hairspray, like the Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray, to ensure that your braided bun style stays in place all day long.

It’s time for a hair mashup! This time around, we’re combining the ever-functional braid and bun to create an easy, youthful hairstyle. This cool mix of styles is a fun way to upgrade a classic look ever-so-slightly by creating a braided half-up bun in three different ways for an awesome “business in the front, party in the back” braided bun. We just love how braids into a bun hairstyle ideas are a great way to channel a trendier version of a classic style. And we are here to share three ways to rock this look with the classic back bun updo, a half-up braided style and a low braided bun. Read on to check out how to master the bun updo look at home in these fun tutorials.

Look 2: How to Do a Triple Braided Bun

NYFW-inspired braided hairstyle you’ve got to try. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Step 1: Wash your hair.

To begin your braids with buns style, start off with clean hair. Wash hair with Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo followed by Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner to add just a bit of volume to your hair before styling. The right products will make learning how to do a braided bun a breeze.

Step 2: Blow-dry your hair.

This step doesn’t have to be perfectly done. Blow-dry your hair to speed up the drying process and to remove any curls or kinks within your texture before creating your updo. Blow-dry your hair as straight as you can, then proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Create sections and braid.

Part the middle of your crown from ear-to-ear and clip away the top section. Create a few cornrow braids at the back your head, beginning your stitch at your nape. Braid hair all the way to the ends and backcomb the end to secure your plait.

Step 4: Create bun.

Unclip your top section and brush through your strands with a boar bristle brush to smoothen your hair and to help distribute the oils throughout your hair. Then, create a top knot bun, including your braids from the back. Secure your bun with hair pins to set it in place. Voila! You’ve learned how to make a braided bun in no time.

Look 3: Braids in a Bun Half-Up Style


Start with clean hair.

Starting with clean, freshly washed hair is a must when you embark on a new style. Prep your hair for styling by washing and conditioning your hair. We like TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Shampoo and TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Conditioner. This duo works by nourishing damaged hair and restoring strength, making it smooth and manageable.



Apply some sea salt spray.

Allow your hair to air-dry, or rough-dry it until you get to be around 90% dry. Spray some sea salt spray throughout your hair, like Suave Professionals Texurizing Sea Salt Spray. Scrunch your fingers throughout your hair to create texture and loose waves.


Create your part.

Use a comb to help you create your middle part. head. Place the comb in the middle of your head (right at the crown) and work the comb all the way down your head until you reach the ends of your hair. Go back to the top to check your part, using your fingers and the comb to bring your hair to the correct side.


Create your braid.

Grab a small section of your hair at the crown. Starting at the top, create your three-strand braid as you go all the way down your hair. Tie your braid together with a hair tie and repeat this on the other side.


Create your bun.

Grab both of your braids, holding the bottom of one braid as you wrap it over the opposite side. Continue this motion, moving upward, until you create a high bun.


Secure your bun.

Secure your bun (and your hard work!) by placing some bobby pins or a clip on the wispy parts of your hair. Done!

Look 4: Braid and Bun Updo

a picture of braided bun brunette hairstyle of a woman
This elegant bun is perfect for a night out.

Step 1: Start on clean hair.

We’re pretty sure along with executing effective skin and wellness routines, all of the celebs prepped their hair with a wash and care system in preparation for the awards. You should, too! For a look just like the celebs, wash your hair with a nourishing system.

Step 2: Blow-dry your hair.

Blow-dry your hair until it’s completely dry. For a sleeker style, after drying apply Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil to help achieve a shiny finish, then use your dryer with an Ibiza EX3 Round Hair Brush to create a straight and sleek finish.

Step 3: Create a ponytail.

Gather your hair into a taut high or low ponytail. Secure with a hair elastic.

Step 4: Add accent braids.

To create your bun and braids updo, add a few accent braids to the length of your ponytail. You can add as many or as few as you like and then pull them apart to add texture. For a neater finish, leave braids as is.

Step 5: Create your bun.

After adding your braids, wrap the ends of your hair into a chic bun. Use some hairpins to secure your style in place.

Step 6: Set with hairspray.

We’re also pretty sure no star was sent on their merry way without a little setting spray to last their braid and bun updo hairstyle throughout the night. Use hairspray to lock in your look sans the sticky feeling.

Looking for more braided bun hairstyles? Check out how to create these modern braided space buns.

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