Chic Gym Updo: Side Braid Bun Tutorial

Looking for a new look to rock at the gym? Check out this chic side braid bun hairstyle.

how to create a side braid bun

Hair Types

Are you looking for a chic, new look to get your hair out of your face when you break a sweat at the gym? While the classic messy bun and high ponytail will always be winners for a sweat sesh, we’re always looking for ways to mix up our gym hairstyles. It’s all about trying styles that are easy, chic and cool! One hairstyle that can help you switch things up a bit at the gym is a fun braided hairstyle, like the side braid bun.

The beauty of the braided side bun hairstyle is how quick and easy it is to create. You can even refresh it post-workout and rock with ease. So if you’re looking to try a new braided updo for the gym to complement your fresh workout gear, we have you covered in our side braid bun braid tutorial! Read on to learn how you can create this refreshingly easy look in a few steps and what key hair care products you’ll need to master this sporty new ‘do.

Tutorial: How to Create a Side Braid Bun


Refresh your hair.

Before creating your side bun with braid, refresh your hair with a dry shampoo, like Dove Refresh+Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo. This formula helps absorb any oils in your hair, leaving your mane clean and revived.

side braid bun tutorial with dry shampoo

Brush your hair.

Use a paddle brush to detangle your hair and help distribute the dry shampoo throughout your hair. Brush your hair in the direction where you plan to braid your hair.

side braid bun tutorial: brush your hair

Create your braid.

On one side of your hair, create a braid of your choice. We like the side French braid bun for this gym look. Braid your hair all the way down until you get to the ends of your hair.


side braid bun tutorial: make your braid

Secure your braids.

Use a hair elastic to fasten the end of your braid.

side braid bun tutorial: tie your hair

Create your bun!

Roll the ends of your hair into a tight bun, secure with several hairpins. If needed, use an extra-hold hair spray, like Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hair Spray, to keep your side braid bun in place. This product also works to make your hair shiny and frizz-free! Score.

side braid bun tutorial: pin in place


Done! Now, you’re ready to head to the gym in style and break a sweat!


side braid bun tutorial: final look

Ed’s note: A few spritzes of a mild hair perfume can get rid of any musty odors post-workout. We like the fresh, irresistible scent of Dove Care Between Washes Go Active Hair Perfume.

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