Braided Updo: 7 Work Hairstyles We Love

Looking for an updos with braids that's far from boring? Lighten up your work week with one of these updos.

It’s no secret that braided updos are having a major moment right now. 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 braided buns, we’ve rounded up some stylish updo braids for you to try this week at work. 

The Braided Updo: Looks We Love

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

1. Cornrow Bun

These braids are both pretty and professional, not to mention look very chic when worked into a bun with some accent beads. Cornrows can last you up to six to eight weeks if cared for correctly, so if you’re seeking a style that you don’t have to re-work often, this one’s for you.

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

2. Crown Braids

The crown braid updo is reminiscent of the chunky plait in milkmaid braids. This 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 boss on-the-go who wants to look put together and stylish at all times.

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

3. Braided Chignon

This style involves two feeder French braids rolled in the back of the head and coiled into a chignon, which is then secured with pins. Perfect for the romantic braid enthusiast who also wants a more pulled-back look for days at the office. 

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Work box braids into a low bun.

4. Box-Braided Bun

Pulling box braided hair into a low chignon or pony is a stylish, low-key option. We love this protective style for both day and night, too.

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Wear it to one side for added interest.

5. Fishtail Bun

If you’re looking to try something a bit quirky, try out the side-lying fishtail bun. This updo is done by first creating a fishtail braid then coiling it around into a bun.

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

6. French Braid Bun

This style, which consists of a simple French braid tucked around itself at the base, gets a bit more elevated with a slicked texture via gel.

Which of these updo braids are you going to try for work?

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