Easy Braid Updo for the Holidays

by Laineymariebeauty
2 Materials
5 Minutes

In this tutorial, we’re doing a super cute and easy braided updo.

This is a three-minute braid updo that’s super quick and so adorable. It’s going to be best for medium-length to long hair, and for those looking for cute hairstyles for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Let’s go ahead and get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
Sectioning the hair

1. Brush and section your hair 

Start by brushing your hair and making sure there are no tangles. Then, divide it into three equal sections.

Braiding hair down

2. Braid your hair down

Just do a regular three-strand braid. To do a three-strand braid, cross your outer sections over the middle section. Repeat this as far down as you can go. 

Braiding hair

When I’m braiding in the back of my head, I like to start my braid in the back and then bring it around to the side, finishing it with my arms down in the front because my arms do get tired.

Tying off braid

3. Tie off

Once you reach the bottom, tie off the braid with a clear hair tie.

Adding hair tie

4. Tie a hair tie around the bottom of the braid

Once you finish the braided ponytail, bring it up towards the front of your head and grab the bottom of the ponytail.

It will create a little bun, so just put a hair tie over the bottom bun. 

Stretching braid open

5. Stretch open the bottom of your braid

Flip your braid back over and find where the bottom of your bun is. That’s where you’re going to open the braid.

Stretch it open and put your finger through it.

Tightening bun

6. Pull your bun through and tighten it

Pull your bun through the opening of the braid, and then tighten the bottom of the braid where the ends are hanging out.

Adding bobby pins

7. Wrap and bobby pin the ends

Wrap the ends around the bun and tuck them underneath and bobby pin it.

It should feel pretty secure, but if you need to add more bobby pins, you can do so. I added one to the left side. 

Pulling the braid

8. Pinch and pull the braid and tops of your hair

Pinch and pull the braid to make it look nice and full. I also pinched and pulled the top of my head for some texture. 

Pulling the braid

While doing this, I’m using the very tips of my fingers and my nails to take small sections, pinch them, and pull them out.

I know some people do this step and the hair gets frizzy, so make sure you’re not taking big sections and using the tips of your fingers.

Pulling out face-framing pieces

9. Pull out face-framing pieces

Pull out hair in the front.

Finished braid updo

Braid updo for the holidays

Here’s the finished braid updo!

It’s so pretty and elegant, you can wear this every day running errands or to a holiday party. This is one of the best hairstyles for the holiday season and it’s so simple to do.

If you enjoyed this hair tutorial, check out my post on 4 Cute and Easy 60-second Hairstyles.

Suggested materials:
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins

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