Sweep it up and add a braid for an adventure-worthy look.
What you’ll need
Whether you’ve had plans for weeks or came home to an invitation for an impromptu weekend adventure, there are a few key things that need to be considered. You know, like what to wear and how to style your hair. While your wardrobe styling is all, we can help in the hair department with our latest favorite with braided updos.
Believe it or not, braided updos are one of the easiest styles to rock for your weekend adventures. And since we want you to focus on fun and forget about what to do with your hair, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite super simple braided updos. These upswept looks not only keep your neck cool for whatever is in store, but they look stunning and are perfect for a weekend adventure where worries of unruly hair should be the furthest thing from mind.
Keep reading to get inspired! You’ll be counting down to the weekend before you know it.
Braided Updos: The Perfect Hairstyle for a Weekend Adventure
1. Braided Messy Bun
We will forever be a fan of the messy bun for it’s utter effortlessness without sacrificing style. When you add a braid to the mix, we’re swooning even more. To get this look, start by spritzing some leave-in detangler into your hair like some of the Dove Quench Absolute Leave-In Detangler. Then, braid at the top of your head and weave back to the crown in a french-braid fashion. Once you reach the crown, stop including more hair and braid what you have to the ends. In one fell swoop, sweep the rest of your hair into your desired messy bun and fasten with a hair tie. Next, spin the braid around the base of your bun and fasten with some bobby pins. Voila! Messy perfection.
2. Braided Double Headband
Why wear a stiff plastic headband when you can weave one out of your own hair without the discomfort? When you go a step further with a double braided headband you have the option of incorporating multiple styles of braids into one gorgeous look. And you know how we feel about braids: #YesPlease.
To add crazy shine to make your dual braids even more eye-catching, use some of the Bed Head by TIGI Blowout Golden Illuminating Shine Cream that’ll help you say goodbye to pesky flyways and hello to a flawless glossed look.
3. Upside Down Inverted Braid
If you want to give your weekend updo to be a bit more texture, why not try out a cool inverted braid! When braiding your hair, simply weave under instead of over. And if you really want to go crazy, flip it upside down for a “how did she do that?” look that’s sure to turn heads. Top it off with a ponytail or bun to keep the coast clear for all eyes to be on your braid.
4. Double Braided Updo Chignon
Looking for a flatter version of a bun? Try out the chic braided updo chignon that’s two braids intermixed and layered together to create this chic new style. Be sure to check out our full hair tutorial on how to master the double braid chignon where you’ll also discover key products that’ll help you master this look.
5. Sideswept Fishtail Bun
Asymmetry can be a good thing, especially when paired with one of our faves: a fishtail. Fishtail braids have a certain allure to them due to the notion that they’re super difficult to create. Here’s the kicker though: they’re not. Simply split your hair into two sections and take a piece from the outside of the left section and add it to the right. Continue this pattern from side to side, back and forth until you reach the tail end of your braid. Once you’ve fastened your braid with a small elastic, twist it into a bun and secure with a traditional natural-colored hair tie and a couple bobby pins. To ensure that your look stays dazzling all day long, use some of the Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Spraypray.
6. Twisted Braid Bun
In a rush without the time to weave a braid? Take a section from each side of your head and twist them back towards the crown. Gather both twists and the remainder of your hair and twist away until your disheveled bun is just the way you like. Talk about simple, not to mention totally trendy.
Love updos as much as we do? Check out our article on 5 stylish updos for medium-length hair.