Braided Updo: 12 Trendy Hairstyles to Try for Work

Looking for some cool updos with braids? Get inspired by this collection of modern and easy updos that you can rock at work.

It’s no secret that braided updos are having a major moment right now on the red carpet, the runways and amongst the street style set. However, many of these intricate and gorgeous styles fall either on the off-duty or on the formal end of the spectrum, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a braided updo that’s fun and office-friendly. Many of these styles can be worn throughout the week, making them perfect for when you’re running late and don’t have time to configure your hair! From milkmaid braids to box braid updos to braid buns, we’ve rounded 12 stylish updo braids for you to try this week at work. And they’re all easy braided updos, too. Score!

Braided Updo: Best Updos for Work

cornrow braided bun updo
Beads add a bit of glitzy flair to a cornrow bun. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

1. Cornrow Bun

These flat intertwined braids are chic and professional that look great when worked into a bun. No need to re-style your hair daily with this hairdo, and it’s so easy to care for on a day-to-day basis. This style can last you up to two weeks before having to create another ’do. This is perfect for textured hair since the braids tend to stay in place longer with this texture, but this style can be done or worn on any hair type. If you’re seeking a style that you don’t have to worry about styling every day, this one’s for you.

braided updo milkmaid braids
Milkmaid braids is a chic and appropriate choice when it comes to updo braid styles in the workplace.

2. Milkmaid Braids

The milkmaid braid updo is a great transitional hairstyle is appropriate for work, ideal for your lunch break workout or even for after-work cocktails.milkmaid braids are transitional and give a slight boho vibe—you’re literally conquering your day with just one hairstyle. We love this as the perfect style for the #girlboss on-the-go who wants to look put together and stylish at all times.

braided updo box braid twist
Try this box braids updo beautifully coiled into an intricate twist.

3. French Roll-Inspired Updo

This is a stylish updo that will have your co-workers asking who did your hair. Braids beautifully coiffed into a French roll look vintage, yet modern. This braided variation can be done on any hair type or texture that can be personalized with your own touch consisting of skinny to thick braids or cornrow to single-plait braids.

braided updo long braid swirl
Looking for updo braided hairstyles that go from day to night? This classy braided chignon is great for work or play.

4. Braided Chignon

This style involves a slicked-back ponytail with an intricate plait with the ends tucked into a neat chignon. Opt for this style when it’s time to get down to business during an important presentation or for a professional working lunch. You’ll look classy and stylish and you won’t have to think about your hair or its upkeep all day long.  

braided updo box braids bun
Opt for cute braided updos and tie up box braids into a neat bun for work.

5. Box-Braided Bun

A set of single braids pulled up and styled into a bun is a nice and pretty option for work. This updo is rather easy to maintain throughout the week and you don’t have to do anything to maintain it at night. Bonus: You’ll be able to sleep in your bun! If you’re currently or aiming to transition back to natural hair and are at a loss for protective hairstyle ideas, you should definitely check this one out. Whether you work in an office or a coffee shop, this style is ideal for you.

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Looking to try one of the simplest options of updo braids? Try this French braided bun. Photo credit:

6. French Braided Bun

This style, which consists of two French braids that leads down into a low ponytail, is a fun and modern look that’s also appropriate for the office. If you fancy a more corporate angle to your braided updo styles, tease your hair at the ends a bit before tucking or twirling them into a bun.

Braided Updo Messy Bun
This effortless messy bun is one of our favorites.

7. Braided Messy Bun

We will forever be a fan of the messy bun for it’s utter effortlessness without sacrificing style. When you add a braid to the mix, we’re swooning even more. To get this look, start by spritzing some leave-in detangler into your hair like some of the Dove Absolute Curls Leave-In Detangler. Then, braid at the top of your head and weave back to the crown in a french-braid fashion. Once you reach the crown, stop including more hair and braid what you have to the ends. In one fell swoop, sweep the rest of your hair into your desired messy bun and fasten with a hair tie. Next, spin the braid around the base of your bun and fasten with some bobby pins. Voila! Messy perfection.

Braided Updo Double Headband
Consider this the more comfortable version of your favorite headband.

8. Braided Double Headband

Why wear a stiff plastic headband when you can weave one out of your own hair without the discomfort? When you go a step further with a double braided headband you have the option of incorporating multiple styles of braids into one gorgeous look. And you know how we feel about braids: #YesPlease.

To add crazy shine to make your dual braids even more eye-catching, use some of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum that’ll help you say goodbye to pesky flyways and hello to a flawless glossed look.

braided updo ombre bun
Combine two of our favorite trends.

9. Upside Down Inverted Braid

If you want to give your work updo to be a bit more texture, why not try out a cool inverted braid! When braiding your hair, simply weave under instead of over. And if you really want to go crazy, flip it upside down for a “how did she do that?” look that’s sure to turn heads. Top it off with a ponytail or bun to keep the coast clear for all eyes to be on your braid.

braided updo swirl
This braided updo looks a lot more complicated than it is.

10. Double Braided Updo Chignon

Looking for a flatter version of a bun? Try out the chic braided updo chignon that’s two braids intermixed and layered together to create this chic new style. Be sure to check out our full hair tutorial on how to master the double braid chignon where you’ll also discover key steps and products that’ll help you master this look.

Braided Updo Fishtail Bun
This fishtail bun is equal parts chic and trendy.

11. Side-Swept Fishtail Bun

Asymmetry can be a good thing, especially when paired with one of our faves: a fishtail. Fishtail braids have a certain allure to them due to the notion that they’re super difficult to create. Here’s the kicker though: they’re not. Simply split your hair into two sections and take a piece from the outside of the left section and add it to the right. Continue this pattern from side to side, back and forth until you reach the tail end of your braid. Once you’ve fastened your braid with a small elastic, twist it into a bun and secure with a traditional natural-colored hair tie and a couple bobby pins. To ensure that your look stays dazzling all day long, use some of the TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray.

braided updo twisted low bun
Consider this for casual Friday.

12. Twisted Braid Bun

In a rush without the time to weave a braid? Take a section from each side of your head and twist them back towards the crown. Gather both twists and the remainder of your hair and twist away until your disheveled bun is just the way you like. Talk about simple, not to mention totally trendy.

Looking for more cool styles like these updo braids? Check out to create a bow bun on box braids

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