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Easy Medium and Long Hair Tutorial: How To Create a Braided Bun

Posted by Alexandra C. | Wednesday March 28, 201217 comments

As we're moving into April, what better to celebrate the warm and sunny weather than with a cute and trendy up do for spring? 

We love this look; it's part chignon and part braid, with a little rustic romance thrown in for good measure, which makes this hairstyle simple but elegant. It's best suited for medium to long hair and you may need a helping hand here and there but once you get the hang of this, it becomes a 'get up and go' type of style. 
Here's the 4 steps to complete the look:

(1) Separate your hair into three sections. Tie a ponytail around the middle for ease. For my hair, I combed my front pieces back, you can also back comb your front section to add volume. 

(2) Braid each section, on the sides, be sure that the braids aren't too far out to either side since your buns should be close, touching each other.

Tip: Try separating your sections themselves into two or more strands and first braiding those. Then, taking all the strands and braiding them into one larger braid. This works to add more volume to your hair and making it thicker and your buns larger. 

(3) Roll the braid into a bun, going along and securing with bobby pins as needed. You may also want to try using mini claw clips

(4) Using the same method, roll each side braid into a bun. Don't worry about your hair being a bit messy or pieces falling out, this look is supposed to be more organic than polished. If you don't want your hair elastics to show, try tucking in the ends of your hair, into the middle of the bun. 

Final Look:

We also tried out this style on Lorna's hair. She has finer hair which is a bit more difficult to work with, but it still looks gorgeous on her! 

What hairstyles will you be doing this spring and summer?
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on March 31, 2012  alexandra dlc  1,236 said:

loving this...will try tomorrow!

on March 30, 2012  staceb  1,174 said:

My hair is short but this is cute.

on March 30, 2012  LadyChick234234  3,701 said:

SO cute. I love braids for the summer.

on March 29, 2012  AlexJC  50 said:

@BrandiL I found it a bit tricky at first, I found the best way to to do this was to bobby pin as I went along wrapping my bun, instead of wrapping first and then pinning. Also, if you have thick hair, try small claw clips instead of pins. Chose clips close to your hair colour to hide them easily. Or go the other way and chose jewelled ones to show them off!

on March 29, 2012  BrandiL  440 said:

I tried this but i didn't work! I won't quit though! any tips for making the bun stay together without having to use a million bobbypins? ...or a gallon of hair spray?

on March 29, 2012  takoda  28,648 said:

The Mermaid French Braid Tutorial was what I was trying to tell you
about. I love it and can't wait to have someone do it for me.

on March 29, 2012  takoda  28,648 said:

Very nice ladies. You show a video of someone braiding hair on here a
few weeks ago that I'd love to try. They made a braid on each side in
the front and pulled it back and tied them together. They then continued
to braid the rest of the hair into that first braid., almost like a
french braid. I can't remember what it was called, but I really want to
try it.

on March 28, 2012  Charmheart16  3,985 said:

Very pretty! And a great way to deal with long hair during the summer.

on March 28, 2012  sixx  605 said:

i love this!!! its super easy to do when there is a lack of time and it looks so cool. I have long hair and im always looking for new easy things to do to it.....i have to cut this short ,im goin to do it right now hehe.

on March 28, 2012  sodarnsweet  2,221 said:

Love it!

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