Messy Bun with Braid Tutorial

As much as we would all like to wake up early in the morning and style our hair, sometimes it simply is not possible. We sleep in, our hair won’t cooperate no matter what we do, and we end up leaving the house looking like Beetlejuice.

This does not have to be the case, however. Whenever I am running short on time or am having a particularly poor hair day, I throw my hair up in a bun and I’m out the door. Sometimes I wish my bun would look a little more sophisticated, therefore when I tried braiding some hair into my bun the other day, I thought I would post a tutorial on how to achieve this style for others.

Begin by sectioning off a 1-1.5 inch section of the hair on the side of your part that contains more hair and frames your face. If you have a center part, the hair on either side of the part will work. With this section divided, tie back the remainder of your hair to keep it out of the way, and braid the 1-1.5 inch section. Feel free to do a standard braid, a French braid, a Dutch braid or a fishtail, whichever you’re most comfortable with. Braid the hair until there are several inches of the section left at the bottom, and secure it with a small rubber elastic. Leaving the braid hanging by your face, gather the rest of your hair into a high ponytail that sits slightly lower than the top of your head, incorporating the braid last. Depending how thick your hair is, pull it through an elastic once, and pull it halfway through the second time. Twist the hair that is halfway through the elastic with your fingers until the elastic comes back over the top of the hair that is halfway through the ponytail, and tuck the remaining hair into the elastic until you achieve a bun you’re pleased with.

This look is simple and efficient as it prevents baby hairs from escaping your bun.

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