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The Flower Braid: 2 Ways to Wear This Floral-Inspired Plait

Two simple yet girly ways to nail the braid trend!

Just when we thought the braided hairstyle trend couldn’t get any chicer, we came across the flower braid. If you were growing bored of the braid trend, this girly style is a surefire way to spark your interest again. Whether worn as a half-up style or as a full updo, this look is simple and quick to achieve. Here’s an extra bonus: These dutch flower braid hairstyles are great for work or play. We even love these looks for a bridal party. Ready to try these flower bun looks out?

Read on to learn how to nail each look in under 10 minutes each:

Step 1

Wash and prep hair.

To begin, wash hair with Nexxus Frizz Defy ACtive Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner to create a smooth and frizz-free base before styling.

flower braid hair down
Step 2

Use a hair wand to add curls.

Use a 1-inch hair wand or curling iron to curl the hair away from your face.

flower braid curl hair
Step 3

Section hair for a ponytail and create a braid.

Gather a section of hair that starts a few inches up from your ears to create your half-up ponytail. Secure your ponytail with a hair tie, then create a braid all the way down to the ends. If needed, secure the ends of the braid with a hair elastic, or backcomb it to keep it in place. This is the base of all flower hairstyles.

Flower braid create plait
Step 4

Create your flower braid.

This is where the fun actually begins! After braiding your hair, pull on the edges along the stitch to create the flower petal effect. Once you’re done, hold the end of your braid and wrap hair around into a bun.

flower braid wrap braid bun
Step 5

Final Look.

Pin your flower braids bun against your head with bobby pins to secure. Finish off with a hairspray like Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray to smooth down flyaways and set your hairstyle with a firm hold.

flower braid final look

Can’t get enough of braids? Then you’re in luck because we have loads more styles for you to try. Keep scrolling for your next fix.

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Step 1

Add texture.

Starting with dry, tangle-free locks, mist some TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray all over your hair.  

This will add additional texture and grip to your tresses, making them easier to braid.

flower braid updo thicken
Step 2

Start braiding.

Take a section of hair close to the hairline on your preferred side and begin creating a Dutch braid

Do this by dividing a section of hair into three equal parts. Weave the outer section under the center strand and repeat, pulling in hair to the outer section as you braid.

flower braid updo start braiding
Step 3

Braid from one side to the other.

Continue braiding, working back towards the crown of your head and then in the opposite direction. 

flower braid updo continue braiding
Step 4

Work your way down.

Once your braid starts to curve, pick up smaller pieces of hair from the bottom of the braid. 

This will ensure that the flower bun will lie flat against the head, giving the style a seamless finish. 

flower braid updo work down
Step 5

Create an 'S' shape.

Continue plaiting the hair in an ‘S’ shape, weaving from one side of your head to the other.  

Once all the hair has been braided, weave the remaining strands into a classic three-strand braid and secure with a hairband. 

flower braid updo s shape
Step 6

Pancake your braid.

In order to create the ‘petals’ of your flower braid – you need to pancake your braid.

Gently tug on one side of your braid with your fingers to loosen the weave and flatten the appearance of the hair. 

flower braid updo pancake
Step 7

Create the flower.

Create a flower bun by wrapping the loose braid into a spiral shape just above the bottom section of your Dutch braid.

Tuck the end of the plait in so it’s hidden away, and then use bobby pins to secure the bun into place.

flower braid updo create flower
Step 8

Secure with hairspray.

Once you’re totally happy with the look and placement of your flower bun, spray your head from front to back with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1 to lock in the look.

flower braid updo secure hairspray
Step 9


And… you’re done! Whether you call it a dutch flower braid, rose braid or flower bun, our tutorial proves that this botanical-inspired style is deceptively simple to master.

flower braid updo finished look
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