braided updo tutorial

April 1st, 2011

I’m always looking for fun, easy styles for my hair, and this one is absolutely one of my favorites.  It’s super simple and only takes a few minutes — the only catch is that you need fairly long hair to make it work.  But other than that, this is super easy — as I say in the video, the only trick is using hair from below your top layer of hair for the braid, and burying the bobby pins that you use to secure it under a layer of hair on the other side of your head.

Ever since the Erin Fetherston show this Fashion Week, I’ve been seeing braids everywhere.  But the hair from her show officially falls into the un-recreate-able at home category in my book — I wouldn’t even know how to get started. 

Still, braids are a perennial favorite of mine — I’ve been known to braid my hair when we’re waiting for brunch to be served, when we’re waiting for an airplane to get to the gate, or just when we’re chilling out at night watching television.  I love the hippie-chic look of braids, and this one look is as simple as it gets.

This week has been so crazy — I have so many amazing things in the pipeline that I can’t wait to tell you guys about!  Also, Chad and I have been making a major effort to cook healthy (even on weeknights when we’re usually too exhausted to bother), so I have some awesome new recipes to share with you guys!

Tags: beauty

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 emily // Apr 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

    love the video!  My hair is so short now, so I don’t think I can do it myself, unfortunately…what did you do with the hair you cut off????  xoxo

  • 2 Juliane // Apr 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Super Cute! I just might try it myself!

  • 3 elle marie // Apr 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I wear my hair up all the time, although, it is in dire need of a sweeping makeover, I’m looking for more ways to wear it up.. thank you!

  • 4 Nicolette // Apr 2, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Very cute! I’ve been playing with braids too lately 🙂

    Please vote for me on Monday on Facebook & Twitter, as I’m a finalist for the blogger HomeAway BlogAway to win a trip to the Royal Wedding!! So excited.

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  • 6 Michelle // Apr 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Cute! I’ve been looking for good up-do hair styles for my long hair – thank you!

    By the way, LOVE the turquoise necklace in the video -where did you make that great find?

    Thanks and good luck,


  • 7 Katy // Apr 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Forever 21!  They used to have it online in pink, but I just checked and it’s sold out, ugh!  But yes — it was all of $8 I think!

  • 8 Michelle // Apr 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, I have never shopped there before – so I will have to drop by their stores tomorrow to check them out. Thank you so much and best of luck!


    PS. And btw, if you want to sell yours, I’d happily pay $60 on eBay.

  • 9 Katy // Apr 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Michelle — I would NEVER have you pay that much for it.  Just email me your address (to and when I’m done with it, I’ll send it your way!  🙂

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