Upside Down Braid to Bun

A dutch braid trailing up the back of the head and ending in a messy bun is a new tutorial from the Upside Down Dutch Braid to Bun. This version, the upside down braid to bun, is an updated tutorial that features a more messy bun.

Two of my favorite combinations, a braid and a bun, this hairstyle is great for day old hair or when you’re rushing out the door. It can take  a bit of practice at first to get it just right but I think the Dutch version versus the French braid version is ten times easier so I would definitely recommend that.

Let’s get on to the tutorial!

Upside Down Braid to Bun |

Upside Down Braid to Bun |

Upside Down Braid to Bun Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by flipping the head over to work with the hair underneath.
  • Step 2 / Take a small section of hair at the nape of the neck and divide it into three pieces.
  • Step 3 / Cross the side strands under the middle to begin a regular braid.
  • Step 4 / Cross the side strand under the middle then bring in a section of hair and add it into the strand.
  • Step 5 / Cross the other side strand under the middle, bringing in hair again.
  • Step 6 / Continue braiding the hair in a dutch braid until it reaches the top of the ears.
  • Step 7 / Tie off the braid to keep it from coming undone.
  • Step 8 / Sitting back upright, sweep the rest of the hair into a high ponytail.
  • Step 9 / Wrap the hair band around the hair once.
  • Step 10 / Twist the hair as you twist the hair band the second time and loop it over the bun.
  • Step 11 / Pin down any hair that is sticking out.
  • Step 12 / Spray with hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
  • Step 13 / To make the braid larger, gently pull on the sides.

Upside Down Braid to Bun |



  1. Addison Fitts
    April 14, 2017 / 9:35 AM

    Mine isn’t sitting on the nape of my neck. How do braid it so it starts there?

    • April 15, 2017 / 1:02 AM

      If your 3 initial strands are very small and right at the hairline it’ll sit a little lower on the neck. It can be tricky at first but that’s how I start it (:

  2. May 24, 2016 / 4:30 AM

    I used to do this in high school—sometimes a French braid, sometimes a Dutch braid. Of course, in 1990, it wasn’t a “messy bun”; that just wasn’t the style! Last year the bosses’ daughter worked at our office, and I impressed her by demonstrating it on myself in less than three minutes! I told her that if she had been doing it for once a week every summer, she would be pretty quick, too. LOL

    Strangely, I had forgotten about it this year! So thanks for the reminder!

    P.S. It also looks great with a braided bun, though it’s a sorta-dressy look.

  3. Gaby
    May 7, 2016 / 7:13 AM

    Love your messy buns Missy Sue great job!

  4. November 13, 2014 / 6:30 PM

    This is awesome!!! Trying this tomorrow!!

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