Tutorial: How to Create a Curly Braided Updo

It's fun, easy and a perfect fit for curly hair!

curly braided updo



What we love about updo hairstyles is that there are so many ways to rock them and you can’t ever go wrong! This curly braided updo is for the curly gals that want to give their go-to messy ballerina bun hairstyle a stylish and trendy upgrade with the touch of a braid. Who says curls can’t be braided? No such thing! No need to brush out your definition in order to get that cool braid you’ve always wanted to try. With a gentle finger detangle to create your sections, allow your curls add more texture and character to your braid! Read on to learn how to master this superb curly braided updo in no time.

Steps for Creating a Curly Braided Updo


Start with clean hair.

Wash your hair with Dove Quench Absolute Shampoo and condition with Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner to create  smooth, soft and defined curls. Then, air-dry your hair or diffuse completely before styling.

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Create your braid.

Spray some of the Dove Quench Absolute Leave-in Detangler to your hair. Lightly brush or comb your hair to ensure that you still have definition and texture to your curls. Section off the front of your hair then begin to French braid from the right or left side of your hair. Braid hair all the way down to the ends and secure with a hair tie if needed.

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Gather hair up into a high ponytail.

Pull the back section of hair into a high ponytail then secure with a hair elastic or scrunchie.

curly braided updo create top knot

Secure bun with bobby pins.

You can make your bun as big or as small as you desire. Wrap hair around the base of your ponytail then secure with bobby pins. To create a bigger top knot, gently pull the bun apart to spread and widen.

young woman with curly hair creating bun




Coat your hands with some of the Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil. Then, smooth onto the surface of your hair for added shine.

young woman wearing curly braided updo knot hairstyle

Looking for more top knot hairstyle ideas? Check out our feature on three top knots from NYFW to inspire your next ‘do.

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