There’s something so regal about a beautiful updo, which is why a romantic braided updo is such a stunning hairstyle. Whether you’re in going to a wedding or a festive party, this princess-inspired braided updo is a chic way to wear your hair. Plus, it’s a perfect complement for eveningwear, as it lets your face and outfit take the spotlight.
To inspire you to have fun styling your hair, Inspirations & Celebrations recently launched a new 4-part hairstyle tutorial series in collaboration with talented hairstylist Lili Cabrera (from the award-winning Oya Salon in Monterey, California). These easy-to-follow hair tutorials show you how to create salon-worthy looks at home.
In Part 1, Lili taught us how to create romantic loose curls; in Part 2, she showed us how to create a glamorous ponytail that’s anything but basic; and in Part 3 she taught us how to do a half-up, half-down hairstyle that’s ideal for any celebration. In today’s tutorial, learn how to re-create this princess-inspired braided updo.
Hairstyle Tutorial: The Braided Updo
STEP 1: Create a section from the top of the head to the top of the ear.
STEP 2: Taking a section from the top, braid into a three strand braid. Lightly holding the braid in one hand use your other hand to pull the strands of the braid. This will expand the braid and make a fuller look.
STEP 3: Pin braid aside and pull the back section into a low ponytail.
PRO TIP: Use your jawline to determine the best position of the braid.
STEP 4: While holding the base of the ponytail, lightly pull at the base to create a softer look.
STEP 5: Take strands from the ponytail and pin onto the base. Continue twisting and curling hair into place.
STEP 6: Pin and secure hair onto the base of the ponytail. Using the base as an anchor for the curls.
STEP 7: Pinback braid into the updo. Twist hair back into updo and pin.
STEP 8: Pin any loose strands into the braided updo.
STEP 9: Adjust braid by lightly expanding strands. Gently pull out some wisps of hair from the front to frame the face.
STEP 10: Add any beautiful accessories to finish the look of the braided updo!
[Photography by Rachel Zee; Shot on location at Oya Salon in Monterey, California.]