Braided hairstyles have had a renaissance on the catwalk, the red carpet, and also in weddings, their romantic yet elegant look is definitely en vogue. I have selected eight tutorials for braided updos so you can try them at home, maybe with the help of a friend, and check if they suit you, or even DIY them on your wedding day:
Brought back into fashion by Sienna Miller and the Olsen twins, the halo braid or milkmaid braid is a lovely bridal upstyle, if you’re the type for it!
An easy way to do it is to wrap two normal side braids around your head, but I think it looks much better if they’re braided french-style. This tutorial on Wedding Chicks shows it quite nicely. You can also check out this video for a halo that’s done with only one French braid, braided all around the head from only one side.
For a nice twist on the halo braid, see this tutorial. This hair style consists of two Dutch braids, one going clockwise and one going anti-clockwise. It gives the updo a similar crowning effect, yet doesn’t look as neat as the “regular” halo braid.
Kate Middleton inspired updo
This hairstyle, inspired by a look Kate Middleton donned, one is a little trickier, it’s a low chignon adorned with braids from the side sections. But pictures speak more than words, have a look at the tutorial from Steph here.
Easy double braid updo with bun
Braided crossed bun for short hair
If you have shorter hair, don’t worry, there is a “how-to” for you as well. Check out this tutorial on The Beauty Department for a cute bun with side braids. The trick is to do the bun first and then cross the braids over it and secure with bobby pins.
Easy 5-braid updo
This one looks complicated, but it’s actually not. It’s almost the same technique as the crossed bun from above, just that the bun itself is also a braid and the model has longer hair. See the tutorial on Hair Romance.
Dutch braid updo
And, last but not least, I have a video tutorial from Luxy Hair for you, it’s for a Dutch braid (which is a reverse French braid, in case you wondered), with the end tucked away…. cute, but not as boho as the halo braid, for example, and surprisingly easy, isn’t it?
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