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, yet office-friendly. Many of these styles can be worn throughout the week without having to restyle them every morning—perfect for when you’re running late! From crown braids to box-braid updos to braid buns, we’ve rounded up some stylish updo braids for you to try this week at work. And they’re all easy braided updos, too.
Braided Updo: Best Updos for Work
1. Cornrow braid 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 cornrow-braided bun can last you up to two weeks before having to create another ’do. This is perfect for afro-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.
2. Crown braids
The crown braid updo is reminiscent of the chunky plait in milkmaid braids. This transitional hairstyle is appropriate for work, ideal for your lunch break workout or even for after-work cocktails. Crown 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.
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.
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.
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 work-friendly 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.
6. Tucked broken fishbone bun
If you’re looking to try something new and fresh, try out the broken fishbone. This simple, creative and modern updo may even score a compliment from your boss. This style is low-maintenance, can last about a week and works well on virtually all hair types, except on those with extremely curly hair.
7. French-braid 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.
Which of these updo braids are you going to try for work?