3 Ways to Create the Braided Bun Updo at Home

All Things Hair | 07 June 2019
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Upgrade your braid game with three ways to wear braids in a bun today! 

It’s time for a hair mashup! This time around, we’re combining the ever-functional braid and bun to create an easy, youthful hairstyle. This cool mix of styles is a fun way to upgrade a classic look ever-so-slightly by creating a braided half-up bun in three different ways for a “business in the front, party in the back” braided bun. We just love how braids into a bun hairstyle ideas are a great way to channel a trendier version of a classic style. And we are here to share three ways to rock this look with the classic back bun updo, a half-up braided style, and a low braided bun. Read on to check out how to master the bun updo look at home in these fun tutorials.

Look 1: How to Do a Braided Bun

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NYFW-inspired braided hairstyle you’ve got to try. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Step 1: Wash your hair.

To begin your braids with buns style, start off with clean hair. Wash hair with Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo followed by Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner to add just a bit of volume to your hair before styling. The right products will make learning how to do a braided bun a breeze.




Step 2: Blow-dry your hair.

This step doesn’t have to be perfectly done. Blow-dry your hair to speed up the drying process and to remove any curls or kinks within your texture before creating your updo. Blow-dry your hair as straight as you can, then proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Create sections and braid.

Part the middle of your crown from ear-to-ear and clip away the top section. Create a few cornrow braids at the back your head, beginning your stitch at your nape. Braid hair all the way to the ends and backcomb the end to secure your plait.

Step 4: Create a bun.

Unclip your top section and brush through your strands with a boar bristle brush to smoothen your hair and to help distribute the oils throughout your hair. Then, create a top knot bun, including your braids from the back. Secure your bun with hair pins to set it in place. Voila! You’ve learned how to make a braided bun in no time.

Look 2: Braids in a Bun Half-Up Style

braided bun tutorial starts with clean hair

Start with clean hair.

Starting with clean, freshly washed hair is a must when you embark on a new style. Prep your hair for styling by washing and conditioning your hair.

braided bun tutorial: apply sea salt spray

Apply some sea salt spray.

Allow your hair to air-dry, or rough-dry it until you get to be around 90% dry. Spray some sea salt spray throughout your hair, like Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray. Scrunch your fingers throughout your hair to create texture and loose waves.




braided bun tutorial: create your part

Create your part.

Use a comb to help you create your middle part. Place the comb in the middle of your head (right at the crown) and work the comb all the way down your head until you reach the ends of your hair. Go back to the top to check your part, using your fingers and the comb to bring your hair to the correct side.
braided bun tutorial: create your braid

Create your braid.

Grab a small section of your hair at the crown. Starting at the front, create a three-strand braid. Tie your braid together with a hair tie and repeat this on the other side.
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Create your bun.

Grab both of your braids, holding the bottom of one braid as you wrap it over the opposite side. Continue this motion, moving upward, until you create a high bun.

braided bun tutorial secure your braid

Secure your bun.

Secure your bun (and your hard work!) by placing some bobby pins or a clip on the wispy parts of your hair. Done!

Look 3: Braid and Bun Updo

a picture of braided bun brunette hairstyle of a woman

Step 1: Start on clean hair.

Start your style with clean hair! Use your go-to shampoo and conditioner to refresh your strands.

Step 2: Blow-dry your hair.

Blow-dry your hair until it’s completely dry. For a sleeker style, apply Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil to help achieve a shiny finish, then use your dryer with an Ibiza EX3 Round Hair Brush to create a straight and sleek finish.




Step 3: Create a ponytail.

Gather your hair into a taut high or low ponytail. Secure with a hair elastic.

Step 4: Add accent braids.

To create your bun and braids updo, add a few accent braids to your ponytail. You can add as many or as few as you like and then pull them apart to add texture. For a neater finish, leave the braids as they are.

Step 5: Create your bun.

After adding your braids, wrap the ends of your hair into a chic bun. Use some hairpins to secure your style in place.

Step 6: Set with hairspray.

Use hairspray to lock in your look sans the sticky feeling.


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