We often see the Crown Braid in its big, chunky iteration—popularized by the likes of fashion bloggers and Lauren Conrad. This mini version (pinned by our pals at Allure) looks understated and elegant, especially when worn with a really soft, tousled updo. Consider this look a great option for long column dresses.
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Do the Twist
We love the haphazard feel of this twisted look (found on Birchbox's Pinterest) because it's something you could easily simplify with rope braids on either side of the head and a number of strategically placed bobby pins.
If you're like just about everyone else in the world, the summer season means you'll be partaking in bridesmaid duty. For warm weather affairs, you'll want a look that won't fall down, won't get frizzy, and will be up and out of your face (and off your neck). This look (pinned by Brit Morin) is a great picture to show your hair stylist—just please have a little taste and don't do it with a flower.
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The Messy Crown
First of all, if you aren't following Eat Sleep Wear on Pinterest, you're doing it wrong. Second of all, nothing feels more springy than a bright lip paired with a messy crown braid. This look is ultra DIY-friendly—break out the texture spray, braid it, pin it, and pull it apart with your hands. Follow the photo's lead and keep the eye simple, the brow strong, and the lip bold.
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Bumble's bejeweled braided look (found here) at the Honor SS 2013 show was an editor's favorite for many reasons: A) It's two french braids that are twisted and pinned, so it's fairly simple to accomplish and B) Somehow it makes hair bling look chic. Gems on the head can easily go wrong, so make sure your outfit is romantic and airy, not sexy or revealing.
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She who is brave enough to pull off a center part updo will surely value a small party in the back. We found this look here.
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Question: Does it still count as a fishtail if it's taken over the whole head? Sushi lovers and pescatarians alike should rejoice with the discovery of this fantastical updo, which adds flattering volume to the front of the head and will be ultra low maintenance throughout the entire party. The most fun part? Taking it out. (We joke.)
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Messy, piecy updos are the look du jour, which is a good thing considering spring's flair for color and print. This look (found here) utilizes the braids to frame the face (which is also emphasized by the stray pieces in front) which might make this a more flattering option than the traditional crown.
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A Twist and a Messy Bun
This look (pinned here) would be perfect with a lightweight summer sweater and rolled up jeans... or even a frock at a daytime summer party. Luckily for you, it takes little technical mastery and is ideal for second-day hair.
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Should you be interested in ombré once more, this playful twist (pinned here) would be a great way to show off your brand new colors.
Pile It On
Okay, so you're probably not going to try this look at home. And you know what? We don't blame you. Let's just admire it for its gorgeousness and call it a day. (Found here.)
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Make two ponytails on the sides of your head. Fishtail each of them. Wrap one around and pin it tightly on the back of your head. Repeat on the other side. Pull them apart if you want to add volume or width, and spray generously. Congratulations! You have gorgeous hair. (Pinned here.)
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Apr 01, 2013
12 Braided Updo Ideas
It's a well-known fact that women everywhere love braids. In fact, the obsession has manifested itself in everything from DIY videos to insanely long slideshows, fashion week looks to fashion blogger self-portraits. Braids are all the rage. You know who knows that better than anyone? Pinterest. If Pinterest was a woman, she'd wear a different braid for every single day of the year, pin her look, and then watch as it got virally re-pinned. (And we'd most likely be putting a couple of her looks in the slideshow above.)
When I was on a hair shoot with celebrity hair stylist and entrepreneur Sarah Potempa, she told me that she was practically a braid expert since she has two sisters and grew up in the Midwest. On editorial photo shoots with legendary master stylists, Potempa was often called upon for her braiding prowess. Backstage at New York Fashion Week, Antoinette Beenders (Aveda's Creative Director) worked her own magic on a braided updo for Christian Siriano's show, explaining she had mastered her "macramé braid" technique as a young Dutch girl. In other words, braids have an incredibly relatable mass origin, which makes them easy fodder for both editorial stylists and Pinterest mavens alike.
Feeling inspired, we searched Pinterest for some delightful braided updo ideas. Since it's summer, your social calendar is probably filling up with weddings, dinners, family events, and the like, and wearing your hair down and watching as it gradually poofs into a frizzy mess is simply not an option. So click through the slides above to find twelve of our favorite braided hair style ideas, then kindly let us know which is your favorite in the comments below.
Oh, and you should be expecting a how-to video tutorial from Lifestyle Mirror quite soon. (It's Pinterest-worthy. Promise.) —Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi)