The French Braid Updo

If you’re tired of always wearing your hair the same way, down or in a ponytail, here is a hair tutorial for a simple braided updo that is very pretty and flattering. This hairstyle only takes a few minutes to do also, so busy moms and working women don’t have to worry about spending all day just to have beautiful hair. It’s a simple twist on the traditional french braid, and with the right hair accessories this pretty braided hairstyle even be dressed up to wear to dressier events.

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Hair Tutorial: How To Make A French Braided Updo

1. Start with hair loose and down. It doesn’t matter if your hair is curly or straight, washed or not…this hair tutorial works for everyone and actually looks pretty for all hair styles. Gently combs knots out of hair to make it easier to braid.

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2. Starting at the crown, French braid hair, continuing until you reach the top of the neck.

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3. Tie braided hair loosely with a band or clasp so that the top is french braided and the rest is a ponytail.

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4. Wrap the hair in a ponytail into a loose bun, and fix in place with pretty barrettes and clasps. You can also pull a few tendrils loose to frame the face and make the look more feminine.

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This hair tutorial for a simply braided updo bun a great way to easily style your hair away from your face and offers variety for all those boring hair days, but is so easy to do it literally takes moments.



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  • Donna

    How pretty! I need to find someone to do mine this way… my hair is really long and I couldn’t achieve this look by myself.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa

    That looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • I love it! I wish I knew how to french braid LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Zippy

    I miss having long hair – that’s just beautiful. thanks for the instructions.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie W.

    Super cute and it looks easy enough that I could do it!ReplyCancel

  • I am with Crydtal …. Wish I could French braid!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    soo pretty! I just wish I could actually french braid :(ReplyCancel

  • Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired

    That is so pretty! I love that it’s both casual and perfect for a fancy night out. I can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Shop with Me Mama (Kim)

    VERY pretty! And looks easy enough for me to try :)ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    It’s a beautiful look!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Platt

    Love it , but I don’t know how to French braid either.ReplyCancel

  • I do this with my daughters hair alot and it looks so elegant thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    That’s adorable.ReplyCancel

  • April Decheine

    I love the braid with the pony tail. Great Tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I’ve been seeing and hearing about cool new ways to do braids everywhere!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • India

    This hairdo is totally hip :DReplyCancel

  • Donne Roma

    It looks great! I’ll try it…thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • vanessa

    je l’aime <3ReplyCancel

  • KNjewelry

    So very Pretty!ReplyCancel

  • shapewer

    Im so gonna do this once my hair grows longer. Thank you for this tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • Florence

    so cute!ReplyCancel

  • vedette

    Oh this is so cute. Im not good at braiding though. I hope i can do this one.ReplyCancel

  • sue

    This is lovely, any tips on how to braid own hair, i find it difficult :D xReplyCancel

  • Ellie, The Attic Diary

    I’ve been trying for years to braid my own hair but I can never do it! I’ll definitely be asking my sister to do this style on me though, it’s so cute!ReplyCancel

  • AAA

    Very cute! I can’t french braid my own hair to save my life but maybe my daughter would like this!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty and easy! Going to have to try this one!ReplyCancel

  • JDaniel4's Mom

    I am going to try this! Happy SITS day!ReplyCancel

  • Nice tutorial. I have crazy curly hair that goes wild in the summer and I am always looking for new ways to pull it back. Happy SITS Day!ReplyCancel

  • {Kathy} I am going to see if my daughter will let me try this on her. Wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • CUTE!!!! Wish I could do that with my curly hair…. not sure it would look as good though.ReplyCancel

  • OMG that looks so easy. I cut my hair short this year so no more updo’s but yours is lovely!

    Visiting from SITS Girls.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Always on the look out for ways to tame this mop on my head … this sounds like it’s doable, even for me!

    Enjoy your SITS day! :)ReplyCancel

  • This is a very cute hairstyle, I am a habitual pony tail wearer, so I am going to have to try this. Have you ever tried spin pins? I wonder if they would work with this, I may just have to try. Happy SITS day!ReplyCancel

  • Great look! I cut my long hair off recently, now I think I need to grow it back out.ReplyCancel

  • Great tips! I always want to do something pretty with my hair, while keeping it out of my grabby baby’s reach. Thanks for this post!ReplyCancel

  • ilene

    this would be such a nice change from my messy summer ponytail. Thank you for the thorough tutorial. Happy SITS day!ReplyCancel

  • This post makes me wish I had long hair – this is so cute.ReplyCancel

  • Desirae R / Sommerfugl Design

    What a great tutorial! I am horrible at doing my own hair, but need to figure it out so I can do my daughters!ReplyCancel

  • Pretty! Makes me miss my long hair though :(
    Happy SITS day!ReplyCancel

  • I love this hairstyle tutorial! Now if I only knew how to french braid lol.ReplyCancel

  • Mellisa

    This looks much easier than I would have thought. Unfortunately I have never been good at French Braiding!ReplyCancel

  • sallie handon

    Nice picture demo. Love this style.ReplyCancel

  • nicole @nicky_olea

    I know how to French braid, on someone else, but I can never do it to myself!ReplyCancel

  • You look beautiful even doing this. You’re amazing.ReplyCancel

  • I love this hair do and I’ve always wondered how to do it. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • This style looks perfect for the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • That looks lovely. I wish my bangs were longer so that I could do this to my hair.ReplyCancel