Embellished Braided Updo

Embellished Braided Updo | MissySue.com

Embellished Braided Updo was the top vote from 20 Braids Try-Outs, #4, and has earned its very own tutorial post.

It was originally scheduled to be included in the series 20 Braids for Spring but was cut because I actually didn’t think you would like the hairstyle as much. Boy was I wrong, haha!

This hairstyle came about randomly one night while I was playing around with my hair. At the end of the night, once all my makeup is washed off, I end up standing in my bathroom, trying out random hairstyles that my mind has thought up throughout the day.

It is always fun when they work out and I was excited to share this one with you so I am glad it was so highly voted for!

Let me tell you, I recently dyed my hair a little bit darker. Have you noticed? I added in a few streaks of dark blonde because I still attempting to grow out my hair a little bit and  abstaining from highlights helps keep it healthier.

I love being blonde but finally decided it was better to have long hair than blonde hair. So, tell me, what do you think?

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Here are the steps! (you knew this was coming right?)  (:

Step 1 / Begin by separating the hair from ear to ear in an upside down U shape.

Step 2 / Pin off the top section to work with later.

Step 3 / With the bottom section left down, place a few pins over the hair, near the top, to add grip for the rolled portion.

Step 4 / Take a 1″ section of hair on the right side and roll the hair upwards creating a loop and slide in a pin to secure it.

Step 5 / Repeat step 4 with the rest of the hair until it is all rolled upwards creating a looped bun.

Step 6 / Next, let down the top portion of hair.

Step 7 / Take a section of hair near the left ear and divide it into three sections.

Step 8 / Begin a braid crossing each outside strand over the middle.

Step 9 / Bring in a strand of hair from the top of the head to create a lace braid.

Step 10 / Continue braiding until the braid reaches the right ear and all the hair is pulled in.

Step 11 / Finish braiding the hair into a regular braid.

Step 12 / Tie off the end with a clear, elastic band.

Step 13 / Now lay the braid directly underneath the lace braid so it is resting right above the rolled bun.

Step 14 / Place pins between the braids to hold it in place.

Step 15 / Now, loop the tail back again and tuck it underneath the braid.

Step 16 / Pin down any loose portions of the braid.

Step 17 / Next, grab a fun flower clip and slide it on the right side of the braid, above the bun.

Step 18 / Finish with hairspray and you are set!

I hope you love the look! I know I sure do (:


  1. Ingrid
    May 13, 2014 / 9:34 PM

    Thanks for sharing this lovely tutorial n_n

    • May 14, 2014 / 8:33 AM

      You’re welcome, Ingrid! (:

  2. virginia
    May 13, 2014 / 9:01 AM

    Thank you so much!!! I love this look!!!
    As always you look great!

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