Bridal hairstyles: Braided updos

Green Apple Photography via Style Me Pretty, Hair and Make-up by Steph, Mireen Kierzek Photography via Style Me Pretty, Kate Middleton via Hair and Make-up by Steph


I already talked about brides with braids, see here and here, but today we’re going to dig in a little deeper into the topic, namely with braided updos.

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:


Halo Braid

Hair Styles Design and 1011 Makeup via Wedding Chicks

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.

Hair Romance

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

Hair and Make-up by Steph

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

Hair Romance

This tutorial from Hair Romance shows us how to do a simpler braided updo, basically it’s just two double braids on each side of the head, twisted into a low bun at the back.


Braided crossed bun for short hair

The Beauty Department

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

Hair Romance

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?


If you want to see more, make sure to follow my Pinterest board on hairstyles!



  1. Gorgeous hair style! It has such a romantic look to it…love it!

    13th February 2013
  2. Love the braids… pretty on brides!!

    15th February 2013
  3. Love your website I am a grand mother of four when my daughters were very young their hair was down to there butt. They away wore braids to school a other up dos. Thank you for your site found you on craftgossip

    16th February 2013
  4. Please sign me up to. Your email

    16th February 2013
  5. Gorgeous!!! I get an email everyday from “Craft” and your article was listed yesterday, Feb. 16. I have several former students who are getting married this summer, so I will share your page with them on Facebook.

    Your site is beautiful….will be back to explore when I have more time.

    18th February 2013
  6. Thanks for sharing! These are gorgeous!

    6th March 2013

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