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Learn to Upgrade Your Updo with a Beautiful Braided Bun

Braid Hairstyles

Learn to Upgrade Your Updo with a Beautiful Braided Bun Learn to Upgrade Your Updo with a Beautiful Braided Bun Learn to Upgrade Your Updo with a Beautiful Braided Bun

We love how an updo hairstyle can instantly upgrade your beauty look. There’s just something about wearing your hair up that gives off a put-together, elegant aura. There's also no denying that an intricate, detailed bun draws the eye more than your everyday messy bun. If you're interested in an easy way to upgrade your go-to updo, let us introduce you to the braided bun. Trust us, you'll want to keep reading to learn how to create this beautiful braided hairstyle.

Step #1: Prep your hair

Before you get to creating this gorgeous braided bun hairstyle, you want to make sure your mane is prepped and ready to go. Use a shampoo and conditioner to keep your strands frizz-free, allowing you to achieve a sleek look. We love the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner. Follow with the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum to give your strands a smooth, weightless shine.

Step #2: Put your hair up

Pull your hair back into a ponytail. Keep in mind that the base of your ponytail will be the center of your bun, so use that as your guide for your ponytail placement. Make sure your hair is smooth and free of any bumps!

Editor’s tip: Want your hair to be extra sleek? Apply a bit of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, to your mane before slicking it back into your ponytail.

Step #3: Section your hair

Section your ponytail into three equal sections, clipping two sections out of the way so you can focus on styling one at a time. Divide the remaining section into three equal pieces and braid a traditional three-strand braid, Secure the braid with a clear elastic. Repeat this with your other two sections of hair so you’re left with three separate braids.

Step #4: Add some volume

Pancake your braid by gently tugging at the outer edges for a fuller, more voluminous appearance.

Step #5: Create your bun

It’s time to create your braided bun! Take the first braid and wrap it around the base of your ponytail, tugging the ends of your hair so they aren’t visible. Pin the braid into place with bobby pins. Repeat this process with your other two braids, positioning them as you like.

Step #6: Seal in your style

Now that your braided bun hairstyle is complete, make sure you seal it into place with a long-lasting hairspray. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray has an anti-frizz and humidity resistant formula that’s perfect for this style.

3 Other Ways to Upgrade Your Updo

Need a few other ideas for taking an updo to the next level? We’ve got you covered! Try adding one of the accents below the next time you want to wear your hair up.

Updo Upgrade #1: Braided Headband

A braided headband can be added to virtually any hairstyle, but it looks particularly stunning when used to spruce up an updo. Whether you want to wear a sleek ballerina bun or a lazy day top knot, it will instantly give your ‘do a whole new look. Learn how to get the look in our article, How to Get a Braided Headband Hairstyle.

Updo Upgrade #2: Accessorize

Topping off your look with a hair accessory is one of the easiest ways to upgrade an updo, plus it’s totally customizable based on your individual taste and style. From jeweled hair accessories to trendy head wraps, you’ll have seemingly endless options when it comes to this hairstyle makeover idea.

Updo Upgrade #3: Add Some Color

An alternative option is to add some color to your locks. This is a great idea if there’s a part of your updo that you want to highlight (like the texture of a braid) and requires no commitment to your color of choice. Simply use one of our wash out hair color options, the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray or the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color, for vibrant color that lasts until your next shampoo.

Want another intricate hairstyle to try? Head over to our article, How to Weave a Half-Up Braided Top Knot.