The upside down braid is a simple and quick way to give a classic style an instant upgrade. This easy hairstyle idea gives the underside of your hairstyle a fancy twist with a braid and bun combo. Sounds tricky, right? We promise it’s easier than you might think! The idea of marrying two stylish hair trends at once—braids and buns—is music to our ears, which makes this hairstyle one of our current favorites.
To help you out, we’re sharing two ways to create the upside down braid, complete with a classic braid and then another one that’s jazzed up with some hair accessories. Read on to learn how to create an upside down braid and rock this versatile hairstyle in either a casual or formal way:
Look 1: Upside Down Braid
Divide and braid.
Begin your style on dry hair and divide your strands into two sections – one at the front of your head and one at the back. Clip away the front section of hair with a clip or hair tie. Then bend forward and begin to braid the hair upward, starting at the nape of your neck and moving forward from there.
Create your bun.
Once you are done with your braid, fasten the end with an elastic band. Then move on to the top section. Gather your hair into a high ponytail, then twirl the ends into a neat bun. Use hairpins to keep your knot in place.
Weave upside down braid into bun.
Once you have your bun in place, pull your braid upward and wrap it around the base of your bun. Grab a few more hairpins and use them to keep the braid in place.
If you want to add a formal twist to this hairstyle, add some decor to your bun. Opt for floral hair accessories, or jeweled charms. You can place them strategically within your upside down braid, or around the base of your bun!
Look 2: Embellished Upside Down French Braid
Step 1: Refresh your hair with some dry shampoo.
Updos like this are more easily created on hair with some texture. Prep hair for this look by spritzing on some dry shampoo, such as Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, which helps sop up excess grease and refresh your scalp. Shake your hair out afterward.
Step 2: Flip your head over and begin braiding.
Flip your hair over and begin a French braid in the center (or a Dutch braid, if desired!). Start from your neckline upwards to the top of your crown.
Step 3: Secure at the top with a hair tie.
Tie off the end of your upside down French braid with an elastic. Brush out the ponytail to ensure that you’re tangle-free.
Step 4: Create your bun.
Take your ponytail and coil it around its own base, creating a chignon. Tie off your bun with a hair elastic to ensure it’s secure.
Step 5: Embellish!
Open up each of your hair jewels or rings, and loop one through each braid chain. Use a few for some subtle bling, or do a series of rings for an edgy, slightly subversive feel.
Step 6: Finish with hairspray.
A final spritz of hairspray, such as TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray, helps hold down any flyaways and keeps your look in place.