46 Braided Updos for Long Hair for All Hair Personalities

Eunice Lucero | 24 May 2017
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That’s right, all of the braided updos—or a month and a half’s worth, to be exact, and just ’cause we love you.

Do you love textbook romantic hairstyles, or do you flirt with edgy, punky looks? Are you a bun-and-run kinda girl, or are into creating more detailed, intricate styles? Or, like us, are you maybe all of these, depending on the day/weather/your horoscope for the day? Thankfully, there are a good number of fun looks out there for your long hair that can cater to your every hair mood. The following braided updos for long hair show just how many styling options you can try out by simply updating a classic bun with a cool-looking plait. Read on to see our massive roundup of 46 braided updos to fit every style profile and occasion. Talk about a versatile option for your long hair!

All-Occasion Style: 40+ Braided Updos for Long Hair

EASY

Characterized by simple three-strand plaits, straightforward built-in French braids and perhaps some trompe l’oeil twists, these braids get you fashionably out the door in minutes. Typically anchored by no-nonsense buns placed either super high on the head or near your nape, these beginner-friendly looks are ideal ways to elevate your look during casual affairs, like gym-to-brunch hangs or weekend chillaxing.

center braided updos for long hair
A middle part is key. Photo credit: Dvora

1. Center Plaits

Skinny French braids on either side of the head upgrade the look of a basic bun.

curly top knots as braided updos for long hair
Create a side pony first before braiding to make for an easier top knot process.

2. Curly Top Knot

The curls give this five-minute look some much-needed edge. Click here for a full tutorial.

low dutch braided updos for long hair
Split hair into pigtails before braiding. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Low Dutch Variation

Dutch braids, or braids that cross under rather than over the middle, are a cute tweak to your regular three-strand or French. Recreate this look by doing it on pigtails and pinning them atop each other, or by sidewinding one plait and affixing it to your scalp with pins. Keep your frizzies tamed with a hairspray that provides touchable hold, like Dove Style+Care Strengh & Shine Flexible-Hold Hairspray.

high braided updos for long hair
A high braided bun perks up your normal off-duty style.

4. High Bun

Recreate this look in three minutes by pinching some hair at the hairline, French-braiding, then coiling your hair into a bun.

low space bun braided updos for long hair
A fishtail or rat-tail comb helps give a more precise part. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Low Space Buns

Part into pigtails first, then braid each section using your stitch of choice. Create two knobs and secure in place with a hair tie or pins.

milkmaid braided updos for long hair
Not as complex as it looks, we promise.

6. Milkmaid Braid

Swiss misses, take heed! Create two regular three-strand simple plaits, then criss-cross each across your crown and pin behind the opposite ear for a headband effect. Follow our milkmaid tutorial for more guidance.

side braided updos for long hair
Yoga to coffee never looked as chic!

7. Side Braided Bun

French-braid from your partline down to your nape, then switch to a three-strand stitch till the ends. Loop around to create your bun. Tutorial here!

side French braided updos for long hair
A knobbier version for those who want more textured buns. Photo credit: Dvora

8. Side French Bun

Similar to the previous style, this look features a side-winding French braid but gathered into a slightly more casual-looking bun.

wraparound braided updos for long hair
Milkmaid-lite!

9. Wraparound

This milkmaid version features a wispier hairline and tighter-pulled braids on each side—tug upwards carefully to prevent the base of each ponytail  from fanning out at the ears.

twisted braided updos for long hair
Made you look! Twists take the place of a regular braid with this updo.

10. Twisted Updo

Hair is twisted from each side, then pinned in the center from the crown downwards to create this look. Follow the tutorial here.

EDGY

Definitely avant-garde and a bit more daring than most, these braided updos for long hair require a bit more self-awareness (and finger dexterity) than your run-of-the-mill three-strand. A confidence to try out street-borne trends—like colored weaves and hair jewelry—as well as a certain cheekiness to get away with fierce, directional hairstyles while not looking like a fashion victim come naturally to you.

cornrow braided updos for long hair
Multiple Dutch braids give your updo more texture. Photo credit: Nick Urteaga

11. Mixed Cornrows

Skinny Dutch braids (or cornrows) on the side of your hair paired with a fatter plait on top give a cool fauxhawk effect. In case you need help in the volumizing department, a small ping-pong ball-sized puff of mousse before blowdrying, such as TRESemmé 24-Hour Body Foaming Mousse, helps infuse strands with body and provide a fuller base.

box braided updos for long hair in blue
Pick a dyed weave for a pop of color. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

12. Box-Braided Top Knot

Box braid styles on natural hair get even more directional with the addition of colored extensions.

sparse braided updos for long hair
Cornrowed ponies are true head-turners. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

13. Cornrow Pony

Do as many (or as few) sections as your heart desires, then gather it all up into a high ponytail for maximum fierceness.

Dutch braided updos for long hair
Embrace that halo frizz! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

14. Staticky Dutch Updo

A texturized version can be achieved with a bit of backcombing or a hair sponge.

Dutch pigtail braided updos for long hair
Split hair into pigtails and braid at the very sides for a cute, texturized feel. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

15. Dutch Pigtail Updo

Pile the plaits on top of each other to create a fun horizontal bun.

rings on braided updos for long hair
Punk-inspired and festival-ready! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

16. Hair Rings

Clip onto your links to spice up your entire look. #prettyinpunk

box braided updos for long hair with space buns
A lighter alternative to regular bantu knots.

17. Box-Braided Half Space Buns

Less tension than a full space bun, but with the same amount of cuteness.

twisted braided updos for long hair
A bit of 1990s flavor is always a fab idea.

18. Twisted Box Braids

This throwback look features a simple twist-around bun that’s secured at the crown. Ed’s tip: A leave-in conditioner, like Suave Professionals Avocado+Olive Oil Smoothing Leave-In Conditioning Cream, helps keep your strands (and roots) moisturized while wearing protective ‘dos.

upside down braided updos for long hair
Flip it and reverse it with a bunch of Dutch braids that start at the nape. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

19. Multiple Upside-Down Braided Bun

Recreate a faux undercut feel with a group of trendy upside-down braids. View the tutorial here.

reverse braided updos for long hair
Choose one plait for an easier take. Photo credit: Dvora

20. Single Upside-Down Bun

Don’t stress about this, and simply flip your head over before starting your French plait.

bleached braided updos for long hair
Cute and clubby at the same time. Photo credit: Dvora

21. Bleached Buns

Box braids give way to rope twists in this unique, punky look.

ROMANTIC

Stuck in a wedding hair rut no more! Romantic upstyles get a major millennial boost with braided variations. Pinterest addicts can deep-dive into a sea of halo, crown and headband iterations, all designed to appeal to the girly girl with a softer, more stereotypically feminine aesthetic. Accessorized with seasonal touches such as white flowers and dainty embellishments, these formal-friendly updos are just the thing to give your flowy dresses (and classic necklines) a bit more punch.

accented braided updos for long hair
Skinny braids give a pretty touch to a folksy-looking chignon.

22. Accent Plait with Croissant Bun

Flip the lengths over to create a satisfyingly lush-looking bun at your nape.

basket braided updos for long hair
For all you expert-level braiders!

23. Basket Braid

A French braid on steroids, enlist a friend to help with this basket braid tutorial.

This quirky, chameleon-tail braid starts from a simple three-strand half-updo.

24. Coiled Bun

Begin an easy half-updo braid till the ends, and coil it around to create a your bun. Pin to one side for extra interest.

crown halo braided updos for long hair
Easy and high-impact, with a totally regal vibe.

25. Crown Halo

Like the milkmaid, this looks more complex than it really is. Start with a regular three-strand braided ponytail and pin across your head, recreating a crown effect.

french braided updos for long hair
Two  French braids from either temple make up the meat of this braided chignon.

26. French Braided Bun

This classy look features two “feeder” braids from each side of your hairline that switch out to braided pigtails after the nape.

french halo braided updos for long hair
Shiny locks make this style stand out even more.

27. French Halo

This look starts from a French braid on one side looped around till it reaches the opposite ear, and pinned at the point it switches to a three-strand braid. Takes practice.

waterfall braided updos for long hair
Loving the crown effect! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

28. Waterfall Halo

Highlights make this look all the more dimensional, and give cadence to the “waterfall” effect at the hairline.

bejeweled braided updos for long hair
A wedding favorite!

29. Bejeweled

Curl hair before looping it around into a low bun for more texture, and hide the seam between the braid and the bun with your glittery accessory of choice.

low braided updos for long hair
A spray of tiny white flowers provides just the right finishing touch.

30. Low Bun with Flowers

A simple look, this features another set of feeder braids from each temple that come together to form a neat little ballerina bun.

pancaked braided updos for long hair
Tug each link apart to fatten your braid.

31. Pancaked

Start with a waterfall braid at the hairline, then loop the tail around on top of your original hairline plait for a high-impact look.

multiple headband braided updos for long hair
The jumble of thick and skinny plaits are a fun visual mashup.

32. Multiple Headband

Hack: Start with the thick plait, then circle it around the bump in your crown as it thins out, creating a de facto baby beehive.

loose and curled braided updos for long hair
A no-brainer for any and all romantic events, especially if you’re short on time.

33. Loose and Curled

Curl hair first, then create a center part. Next, do two braids on each side of your head, then gather both together in a low chignon. Pancake the plaits for good measure.

two sided braided updos for long hair
This Celtic-themed braid is both polished and folksy.

34. Two-Sided Braided Bun

Start with two French braids on either side, taking hair from the nape hairline. Loop both into a central coil and secure with pins.

side braided updos for long hair
Best for thick hair types, the side braid gives a vintagey feel.

35. Side French

We’re loving the vintagey, slightly 1920s take that this side French braid evokes.

low croissant braided updos for long hair
Rosettes provide a charming accent, especially when nestled just in the seam of the bump.

36. Low Croissant

Twist your hair from both sides before gathering it all together in a low, shiny, wedding-worthy bun.

TRENDY

Just in case you wanted to look like a style star,  braided updos for long hair that feature plaits like the fishtail and the waterfall will get you there, stat. Popular and highly viral, these looks are the main go-to for beauty vloggers and Instagram celebs who want to stand out from the white noise. Pair with a juicy peach lip, your fleekiest brows and prepare for the hair gummy vitamin endorsements to come in.

bow bun braided updos for long hair
This totally meta look is a vlogger fave.

37. Bow Bun

Hair that’s fashioned into a literal ribbon (get it?) is giving us all of the kawaii feels. Learn how to emulate this cutesy look here.

oversized braided updos for long hair
The key: pancaking!

38. Oversized Plaits

Create a regular Dutch braid, then tug the edges to fatten each link. Next, cross the ponytail horizontally across your crown once, then repeat underneath, so you end up with two rows of plaits. Secure with pins along the way, plus a well-meaning spritz of luster-providing hairspray, like S Factor by TIGI Vivacious Hair Spray.

fishtail bun braided updos for long hair
A fishtail plait revs up an ordinary low chignon.

39. Fishtail Bun

That trademark herringbone stitch is just so pretty against highlighted hair, don’t you think?

fishtail crown braided updos for long hair
So perfectly in place, you’d be hard pressed to think it was actual hair.

40. Fishtail Crown

Part hair in the middle and proceed with a regular fishtail braid, then circle it, milkmaid-style, across your crown, pinning the two layers together.

fishtail knotted braided updos for long hair
The wisps on the hairline keep it from looking too “done.” Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography

41. Fishtail Top Knot

You can start with one fishtail plait or do two (one on each side) before gathering everything up into a high bun.

flower bun braided updos for long hair
Two detached Dutch braids coiled into an outside-in bun create the look.

42. Flower Buns

Never not loving a good half-updo, and this is another literal style we can definitely recreate without too much work. Tip: Pancake your plaits to create more realistic “petals.”

waterfall braided updos for long hair
A waterfall braid is super romantic, but also pretty high-brow.

43. Partline Waterfall

Do a half-French braid right on your hairline by pinching new strands from the back of your forehead (to create that telltale “waterfall” look), and weave the hair directly on your fringe using a normal three-strand stitch.

messy fishtail braided updos for long hair
A tight herringbone weave gets ushered into haute couture territories when done with a staticky finish.

44. Messy Fishtail Crown

Yet another example of how wisping it up (on your fringe area, throughout the plait) can make such a huge difference.

turban braided updos for long hair
This clever braid-upon-a-braid look is perfect for hot weather. Photo credit: Dvora

45. Box-Braided Turban

Why bother with a wrap when you’ve got yourself covered… literally? This cool hairstyle features box-braided hair looped around in a turban style and affixed with strategically-placed hairpins all throughout.

wispy bun braided updos for long hair
An awesome balance between actually having made an effort and looking effortlessly chic. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

46. Wispy Bun

Create two Dutch braids from your hairline, leaving your entire fringe area loose. Incorporate the braids into the rest of your hair and loop into a bun, curling/texturizing the hairline pieces as you see fit.

Looking for some more undo ideas? Check out how to create the top knot updo.

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