Fishtail Bun Updo

Fishtail Bun Updo features a gorgeous all-up hairdoΒ with an intricate braided bun and double headband style.

I love wearing my hair up in Summer especially when I am trying my darndest to not use heat on my dry tresses. This hairstyle is perfect because it both keeps the hair out of the way is actually very easy to do!

The braid may look complicated but when you see how it is done in the video below you will be amazed at how simple it really is!

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Click through for the video tutorial…
Fishtail Bun Updo

Here are the steps to achieving your own version of this hairstyle:

  1. Start by brushing the hair straight back, away from the face.
  2. Take a small slice of hair at the back of the crown and back comb it down to create volume.
  3. Add a texture spray to add some grip to the hair.
  4. Carefully smooth the hair back down.
  5. Next, sweep all the hair up into a ponytail and the center of the back of the head.
  6. Divide the ponytail into two equal halves.
  7. Braid each side down into a fishtail braid; check out this video to learn how to fishtail braid.
  8. Once the hair is braided, gently pull on the edges of the braid to loosen it and make it larger.
  9. Tie off the end with a clear elastic band.
  10. Next, repeat steps 7 through 9 with the other half of hair in the ponytail.
  11. Once both halves are braided, take one braid and wrap it upwards, pinning it against the head.
  12. Bring the tail down the right side and pin it again, leaving the tail loose.
  13. Then, take the other braid and wrap it down, pinning it against the head.
  14. Next, wrap it upwards, in a clock-wise motion, and pin it again.
  15. Wrap the tail over the top of the first braid, tucking in the end, and pinning it in place.
  16. Now, take the tail from the first braid, that was left loose, and wrap it clock-wise, over the second braid.
  17. Tuck the tail underneath the second braid and pin it against the head; this creates a clock-wise bun but without both braids having the chunky top at the same spot on the head.
  18. Grab a medium hold hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
  19. With your two favorite headbands, slide the first one so it sets 1/2″ to 1″ from the hairline.
  20. Take the second headband and place it 1″ behind the first.
  21. Done, dealio!

I hope you love it as much as I do!


  1. Sarah
    July 30, 2014 / 2:32 PM

    Tried this today and LOVED it!

    • July 31, 2014 / 1:28 PM

      Yay! Glad you like it, Sarah! (:

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