3 Beautiful Braided Updos for Natural Hair


Move over twists, we’re talking braids this week! They are SO back and cute as ever. Since I tend to get bored with the same styles, a new ‘do is not only necessary, but also exciting. I’m sharing three of my favorite braided ‘dos for natural hair.

Now before we get started, here are a few products I used for these styles:

CHI Silk Infusion: I like to use this before styling because it gives my VERY thirsty hair some much needed moisture
CHI Shine Infusion Spray: Perfect for adding sheen after you style

High Bun With Accent Braids

High Bun With Accent Braids
High Bun With Accent Braids

Braids are the perfect add-on to a cute bun! I thought it’d be really fun to add some bangs, too.

  • Section off hair for bangs.
  • Pull out two pieces of hair (preferably from behind the ear).
  • Put the rest of your hair into a ponytail and roll your bangs. Secure the bangs with a few hair pins.
  • Braid both pieces of hair and use pins to secure your ponytail into a high bun.
  • Lift the braids and cross them over your bangs. Secure with hair pins.

Ponytail Faux Hawk With Side Braids

faux hawk
faux hawk

Use a comb to part a large square section for a bang. Use a hair tie to separate your bang from the rest of your hair.
Take down your ponytail and part it in half.
Part a small section (on the side of your head) and braid it across, towards the middle of your head. Make a second braid on the same side. Repeat on the other side of your head.
Secure both sides with hair pins.
Put your hair into a ponytail, and take down your bangs.
Pin your bang into a pompadour and use your fingers to create volume.

Side-swept Braid

Side-swept Braid
Side-swept Braid

Use a comb to part a large section off for your first part of the braid. Put the rest of your hair into a ponytail.
Starting in the corner of your front section, begin braiding downwards and across.
Braid your hair all the way to the end.
Begin braiding your other side.
Once both braids are finished, grab the front braid and wrap it around your hair, pinning it into the other braid. Leave the other braid down.

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