Amazing Braided Hairstyles and Updos
The updo has long been a staple of weddings, proms, and other formal events. Conversely, braided hairstyles have long been a popular choice for both informal and formal occasions and have only been growing in complexity as time goes by. It seems only natural, of course, that some trendy stylists have began combining the two and creating stunning works-of-art that seem nearly impossible yet are highly coveted. We’ve gathered 25 of the most stunning, luxurious, and beautiful braided updos in one place to inspire our truly daring readers to take a step out of their comfort zones and try one of these dazzling braid styles!
1Crowned Updo Braid Styles
2Double the Trouble Hair Braids
3Tiers of Braids
We love how Julianne Hough has combined multiple loose twists and pinned along the side of her head to create a funky texture and an undeniably beautiful updo. Recreate this by creating several loose braids on one side of your part, then pin along your head. Take the remainder of your hair and pin at the back of your head.
4The Braided Faux Hawk
Fauxhawks are a great mix of femininity and rockstar. If edgy updos for long hair is what you’re looking for, then ditch the scissors and recreate your faux hawk with this trendy updo: braid your hair along the middle of your head and secure with an elastic. Tug strands loose and tease your bangs, pinning at the beginning of your braid.
5The Rosette Bun
6Peek-a-Boo Braids and Textured Bun
This look toys with a variety of textures and even has a cute feather embellishment! Copy the model’s style by creating one or two small, simple braids in the thickness of your hair. Gather at the back of your head and secure with an elastic, then take sections of your hair and wrap around the elastic, pinning.
7Fishtails and Bubble Braids Styles
This look combines a simple tri-strand braid with a fishtail braidand cute bun. Create yourself by braiding a section of your hair in a tri-strand, then an adjacent section into a fishbraid. Pin around your head and take the remainder of your hair, securing messily with elastic and tugging loose strands and pinning for a ‘wild’ vibe.
A braided updo doesn’t have to be overly complex to be beautiful. Take a note from this style and combine a loose crown braid with a low chignon or bun. This look relies on soft, loose strands to create a feminine and delicate style. Pair it with simple makeup to keep from overwhelming the dainty effect.
9A Dapper Topper Braid Hairstyles
10Easy Braiding Hair
If you’re looking for pretty and easy updos, This simple, chunky braid is perfect for every day or formal occasions and simple enough that even a beginner stylist should be able to recreate it. How to braid hair? Take the front section of your hair and twist, then combine with the rest of your hair in a tri-strand braid.
12Banded and Bun-ned
Braids and buns go together like peanut butter and grape jelly! Recreate by braiding a section of your hair and pinning halfway around your head. Tale the rest of your hair and create a low, messy bun using elastic and pins. Pull the bangs and sides loose to compensate for the complexity of the back of your hair.
13Modern Chignon Braids Hairstyles
14A Play on Textures and Different Types of Braids
This cheeky, fun look is so well-put together that we’re jealous of the model! Achieve this braided beauty by braiding your length in various styles and sizes. The model appears to have a very loose dutch braid as well as two fishtails. Once you have finished plaiting, pin your hair along your head for a funky crown effect.
15Loose and Lovely Braids for Long Hair
While the majority of the model’s hair is un-braided and simply pinned into place, the loose braid just above her ear adds the right amount of detail to this romantic, natural updo. Mimic by creating a loose two-strand braid and pinning along your head, taking the top layer of your hair and create a loose bun to hide the end.
16Cool Braids: Pinned to Perfection
17Toying with Gravity Updo Hairstyles
18Poison Ivy Perfection
This look is just a little wild, just a bit perfect. Begin with a crown braid and then gather your length, creating a loose multi-section bun. Tug loose strands to mimic the appearance of ivy vines and then add several bunches of ivy leaves (you can use fake!) to really make this ‘do pop! Great for an outdoor wedding.
19Caught in the Romance
Something about this style is very Pride and Prejudice-esque. Mimic by creating a crown braid high on your head, pinning at the back of your head. Next, create a layered bun and tug loose for texture; sweep your bangs loosely back and pin beneath your braid, allowing strands to fall out for a romantic vibe.
20Pinned Coils Braiding Hairstyles
21Cute Braids: Decorated Ballerina Bun
We love the model’s tiny, textured braids and how they work so well with her bun! Create this look yourself by braiding two (or more) tiny french braids along your head, then gather your hair at your crown and secure with elastic. Create a bun and fan out the side, pinning appropriately; then take your braids and pin along the base of the bun.
23Braided Bangs + Side Bun